Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects From the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013, 8:37 am

In brief

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This is the perfect primer for anyone who loves to craft, create and lend a helping hand to their communities.

Here at the Library, the eighth annual Warm Up Worthington campaign is in full swing, so my interest has been piqued by the idea of crafting for causes. And with the weather changing, nothing feels better than curling up with a cup of coffee and my knitting needles on a cold night.

In Craft Activism, crafters and artists of all types can find inspiration and tips on how to create anything from "knit bomb" bench warmers, to a type of yarn-based graffiti (with roots in Yellow Springs, Ohio), to handmade scarfs for students who have aged out of foster care systems and are living independently while earning college degrees. Every craft featured in the book struck me as a beautiful way to engage communities and effect change in the most creative possible way.

The book is also sprinkled with blurbs about unique organizations, tips on how to expand skills and connect with like-minded crafters and beautiful photos of completed projects.

If you're interested in out-of-the-box crafts, and want to make a little difference in the world, this is the book for you.