Definitely a precursor. :?
In fact, my dh and I had this conversation:
Me: I'm going to start spinning yarn!
dh: why? you can buy any yarn you want.
Me: well, I can buy a sweater at the store rather than knit one.
dh: but you can shape the stuff you knit to fit you.
Me: yeah, but if I spin and dye the yarn I can have creative control from the beginning.
Me: It ends up being cheaper.
dh: Well then, that is a different story.
Nope...not a new craft