Millennials are reviving skills such as calligraphy and Embroidery

traditional skills such as calligraphy and Embroidery

Millennials are reviving a string of traditional tasks once destined for the history books, according to research.

A study into the traditional skills across generations found young adults are adept at skills such as framing pictures, calligraphy and knitting.

Crafting handwritten letters to keep in touch with loved ones is also among the tasks making a comeback.

Thirteen per cent are even learning woodwork and carpentry – and hand-making items such as tables, chairs, and bookshelves.

The study also found two thirds of men and women aged 22 to 38 who took part in the research said the positive influence behind them learning new skills is their DAD.

Ella d’Amato, Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer for notonthehighstreet, which commissioned the study of 2,000 adults said: “This study is reassurance that practical artisan skills are very much alive – despite a common assumption that young adults don’t have time to be very ‘hands on’.
“And what’s really nice is that a large percentage of men and women have learnt much of what they know from their dad, as this shows traditional past-times, crafts and activities are continuing to make their way through generations.”

The study found more than a fifth of millennials have been taught by dad how to grow their own vegetables.

Embroidery, origami and hand-making sculptures or clothing, while not skills shared by the majority of younger generations, are still being enjoyed by one in 20 adults, thanks to dad.

And one in 10 like to write poems, while a further 16 per cent enjoying baking cakes inspired by dad’s passion and skill.

Across the 2,000 adults polled by, a resounding eight in 10 believe younger generations have fewer practical skills than previous generations.

However, 25 per cent of millennials want to learn a new skill, such as how to make furniture, in the next 12 months – compared to just four per cent over the age of 66.

And although many younger adults have learnt many of their capabilities from dad, 17 per cent also think social media has contributed to them being more practical.

One third of those under the age of 38 have at some point watched a YouTube tutorial to learn how to do something, such as making a pallet planter, and a further 21 per cent have been taught by a teacher.

More than seven in 10 adults of all ages agree passing skills on from fathers to children is an important part of the bonding process, and 44 per cent of those polled have already passed on their own skills to their children, showing that sharing passions is integral to keeping artisan skills alive.

However, 32 per cent fear skills such as reading a compass are on the biggest decline, and are soon to be lost completely.

Other tasks feared to be dying out include map reading, embroidery and hand-writing thank you cards.

Ella d’Amato for notonthehighstreet added: “We love to see dads of all ages passing their skills onto their sons and daughters. In fact, many of the small creative businesses that sell on our platform are using these skills to run successful businesses.

“There is something really lovely about having a skill learnt from dad – as well as spending time together, it can also be a really great way of keeping a certain practical or traditional talent alive for years to come.”


Cook an evening meal 29 per cent

Put up a tent 28 per cent

Tie a knot 28 per cent

Shine your shoes 28 per cent

Tie a necktie 26 per cent

Hang a picture properly 26 per cent

Grow your own vegetables 23 per cent

Frame a picture 20 per cent

Read a compass 20 per cent

Take a good photograph 19 per cent

Write a formal letter 19 per cent

Build a campfire 18 per cent

Wrap a gift neatly 17 per cent

Bake a cake 16 per cent

Sew a button on a shirt 15 per cent

Hand make Furniture 13 per cent

Whistle with your fingers 12 per cent

Write a poem 12 per cent

Hand-write a thank-you card 11 per cent

Brew your own alcohol 10 per cent

Arrange a floral bouquet 9 per cent

Hand make Garden accessories 9 per cent

Hand make decorative accessories 9 per cent

Knit something 7 per cent

Write calligraphy 7 per cent

Hand make soft furnishings 6 per cent

Embroidery 6 per cent

Origami 6 per cent

Hand make Sculptures 6 per cent

Hand make Clothing 5 per cent

Hand make Candles 5 per cent

Hand make Jewellery 5 per cent

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