One-Handed Crafts

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When an accident, stroke or other event renders one hand unusable, it doesn't have to end your crafting days. A number of crafts can be adapted to people with one hand. With practice and sometimes additional equipment, you can master several crafts with the use of a single hand.

Stamping

  • Using stamps to make cards, stationery or other paper crafts is a technique that adapts easily to one hand. Preparing the work space with all items easily in reach is an important step in this craft. A crafter with the use of only one hand might not be able to cut paper and cardstock to size, and may require assistance with that aspect of the project. A heavy table knife or other small weight can serve to hold paper or card in place while they are being stamped. One-handed crafters can also add color and embellishments with markers, pencils, glitter and other glued additions.

Knitting or Crocheting

  • Both knitting and crocheting can be done successfully by people with only one hand. Several devices may assist in the process, including clamps or slings that hold needles in place while the crafter moves the yarn into the correct position. One-handed knitters can also use looms or knitting boards to make a wide variety of items.

Painting

  • Painting is a craft often undertaken by individuals with the use of one hand. While using oil paints is more difficult than painting with acrylics or watercolors, one-handed artists do use all types of paints. Setting up an easel with an attached pallet or stationary holder for paints means the artist can concentrate on the brush alone for single-handed painting.

Needlework

  • With the right kind of hoop, people using only one hand can do most types of needlework, including embroidery, cross stitch, crewel work or mending. Some floor stand hoops, stretcher bars and hoops can clamp onto the table, among other styles. The individual crafter should try different hoops and stands to find the one that works for her, since the performance does vary between types and brands. Once the fabric is secure, learning to do handwork with one hand is less challenging than many other kinds of crafting.

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