I think sometimes women feel the need to justify their desire to make beautiful things with their hands. So I have a perfect couple of verses for you! Here it is in Exodus 35:25-26: “And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen. And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ hair.”
The NKJ renders wise hearted as gifted artisans, and I am certainly not able to explain why. But in Exodus 28:3, where it speaks of the gifted artisans also, God refers to them as “whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom.” So I don’t feel I am taking a wild leap to say that women whose hearts have been filled with wisdom (wise-hearted women) are stirred up to make things. And though we no longer are making things for the tabernacle like the women in Exodus, we are making things for our homes, our children, our friends and family. And this is wise and good.
When my children were small, I loved crafting things, sewing, knitting, and making stuff to decorate my home. I even learned to weave. There was always something very satisfying in seeing the results. Homemaking requires a lot of repetition with the same jobs having to be done over and over every day. But when I cut up some fabric and turned it into a dress for my daughter or curtains for a bedroom, I saw a finished product, and it gave me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. It pleased me.
My theory is that God puts wisdom in our hearts and it comes out our hands. And when it does, we make stuff! And not only does this stuff glorify God when it is offered to Him, it gives us a soul satisfaction that is healthy and invigorating. We are imitating our Creator when we make things, and that image of God which is stamped on our soul shines a little brighter.
This is true whether we are making a meal, setting a table, sewing a pillow, knitting a sweater, painting a picture, or baking a cake. It is good for us to work out what God works in. And wise-hearted crafting is one way women do this. As we learn and practice and become more skilled, our crafts become more impressive, our knitting a little neater, our seams a little straighter, our talents more noticeable. And all this is very good.