ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Important Books about the Benefits of Handmade

Updated on August 28, 2012

The handmade revolution has taken hold. Handcrafted goods site Etsy recieves more than one billion hits per month. Activities like beekeeping and farming have become urban endeavors done by people in between their corporate jobs and city lifestyles. But why is it that this trend has taken place? Why are people so infatuated with going back to the basics and crafting everything from soap to Christmas presents by hand instead of hitting up the Black Friday sales and dollar stores to get what they need? There is evidence to suggest that it's because making things by hand heals us as individuals and communities. The following five books all delve deeply into that topic.

1. Crochet Saved My Life

Crochet Saved My Life is about the mental and physical health benefits of crafting, specifically about the craft of crochet. In it I share my own story of dealing with depression and how crochet helped me to find my way through the darkness to the other side. I also share the stories of dozens of other women who crafted to heal from ailments as diverse as schizophrenia, PTSD, Chronic Lyme Disease and fibromyalgia. This book uses the personal stories and supplemental research to explore why it is that repetitive crafts and stress-relieving hobbies are part of a total wellness plan for people suffering from nearly any health condition.

2. Knitting for Good

Betsy Greer's book Knitting for Good talks about how knitting, as well as other crafts, can be used to benefit individuals as well as the larger world. Greer discusses how knitting fits in with her feminist and activist lifestyle. Like with Crochet Saved My Life, the book talks about how individuals benefit from the relaxation and meditative aspects of needlework. Then Greer gets into how crafting things from hand can be used to benefit communities, charities and to make social statements that benefit the world.

3. Made By Hand

MAKE Magazine founder Mark Frauenfelder has authored a book called Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World. In this book he talks about his own journey learning to make things from hand. He discusses gardening, building a chicken coop, hacking an espresso machine and more but more importantly he talks about how doing these things helped him feel more self-sufficient, explore his creativity, be closer with his family and experience many other benefits. This is an important book not only because he talks about the benefits of handmade but because he does so from a male perspective. This view is still underrepresented in the craft world today.

4. Craft Activism

Craft Activism takes a big picture look at how individuals that are part of the DIY movement can improve their experience while helping out the community and the larger world beyond. It provides practical advice, like how to work at a craft fair. It also provides ideas for using craft to support specific causes, raise awareness of issues and otherwise change the world one project at a time.

5. Yarn Bombing

Yarn Bombing is the definitive guide to an urban art form that is inspired by graffiti but uses yarn instead of paint to decorate communities. The book tells all about the yarnbombing movement, how it came to be and who the major players are. Yarn bombing is now commonly used to raise awareness about specific issues and events and this book gives a lot of great information for people who are interested in starting their own yarnbombing crews.


Submit a Comment
  • KrisL profile image


    6 years ago from S. Florida

    Thanks, these books are worth checking out. Crocheting definitely helps me stay calm these days. Now I have tenure, I'm going to crochet at all my faculty meetings!

    Voted up, "interesting," and tweeted.

  • carol7777 profile image

    carol stanley 

    6 years ago from Arizona

    For those thinking about doing some crafts you have already done the research. These books look great and thanks for sharing all this information.

  • Curiad profile image

    Mark G Weller 

    6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    Thank you for sharing these books. I think there may be multiple reasons this trend is happening, you mentioned one and another might be that many in society are getting tired of the constant theft of our dreams by the ones that make the rules and are taking back a portion of their lives.

  • lovebuglena profile image

    Lena Kovadlo 

    6 years ago from Staten Island, NY

    Interesting and informational hub. Thank you for sharing. These books are worth checking out.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)