In the old days people took time to make objects from wool, wood or otherwise. My grandmother for instance could knit mittens with those intricate patterns, she did this while chatting away. Other people made their own utensils for the kitchen and why not decorate the with patterns?
I went to the Schokland Museum this weekend and there I found some examples of these old crafts:
This vase was made by a group of people (Trechtervolk) who lived in the Netherlands a long time ago.
These buttons were used to keep scarves together in the neck. The picture is not very good, but you can see different designs.
Different decorated plates, I see a lot of blue and terra.
The museum is situated on a small hill which used to be an island for a long time but which has become part of the land when the Netherlands decided to make some lakes into dry pastures. It has been preserved well and is a small treasure.