Years ago I forced myself to knit for this very reason. I tried to crochet but could never get the knack. My father has these table cloths that were tatted. It's a skill that has all but died out. These table clothes reach the floor of a rather big imposing old dining room table. I can't even fathom how long it took to make them.
My sister in law is Croatian and it used to be whenever we went to a Croatian event in town there would be these tiny little intricate cake pastries made of many layers of chocolate and vanilla cake. The "ladies at the church" used to make them. I always asked the younger generations if they knew how to make them and none of them did. Last time I went to a Croatian wedding there were none of those little cakes