I'm trying to find a noun that embodies a range of crafty skills. This word would ideally follow my adjective "craftiest" and would describe someone (typically a woman) who could be seen as someone who covers range of titles such as seamstress, homemaker, baker, and general crafts like that. Is there any such word?
A female who excels at baking, cooking, cleaning-housework of all sorts. She loves to please and enjoys hearing compliments about her awesomeness around the house/kitchen. She may sew, knit, have domestic hobbies that come out well. She doesn't have to have children to be considered a domestic goddess.
This is similar to a domestic engineer, who is typically a woman who manages household affairs.
The difference may be that a domestic engineer accomplishes all of those things with hard work, while a domestic goddess has a natural talent or flair and seems to do them with considerably less effort.
a woman who is competent in a variety of small skills or inventive or ingenious in repair or maintenance work
There is an idiomatic phrase also: jill of all trades
(idiomatic) A woman competent in many endeavors, especially one who excels in none of them.
You can consider artisan (or craftsman/craftswoman) also but they are skilled at a particular craft rather than multiple crafts.
I doubt you'll find a single word that doesn't sound outlandish (eg factotum, which, however, doesn't convey the 'skilled' sense). OLD gives
a man/woman of (many) parts
a person with many skills
but my wife says that's tautologous in the case of the woman.
The word that came to my mind was homemaker.
which Oxford Dictionaries define as:
A person who works at home and takes care of the house and family
This posting's introductory sentence ("I'm trying to find a noun that embodies a range of crafty skills.") had me confused.
The chief meaning of "crafty", and the one that I thought of when I first read the sentence, is "clever at achieving one's aims by indirect or deceitful methods." Among its synonyms are: cunning, wily, guileful, artful, devious, sly, tricky, scheming, calculating, designing, sharp, shrewd, astute, canny; duplicitous, dishonest, deceitful.
There is a much less common second meaning, namely "of, involving, or relating to the making of decorative objects and other things by hand." I had never come across this second meaning for crafty before I read it in this posting.
In my opinion, it would have been clearer if the introductory sentence had been "I'm trying to find a noun that embodies a range of craft skills" rather than "...crafty skills". Or else the word could have been put in quotes (..."crafty" skills) to emphasize that a meaning other than the chief meaning of "crafty" was meant.