(Note to readers: I am struggling with intermittent panic attacks over the whole COVID-19 situation. I will, however, give you my best.)
A craft is not a hobby. A craft, instead, represents a set of skills, tools as it were, used to create. We can create with words, with music, with wood or clay, with yarn or fabric. But the key is creation.
A craft requires a human capital investment in one’s creative and maker skills. This takes time and money. Practice, classes, mentoring — all of these are how the crafter hones their skills. This is why those in the crafts get frustrated when someone offers “exposure” for a handcrafted sweater or a sketch.
A craft brings beauty to the world, as it is an expression of the primal creation.