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56% Of US Households Craft At Least Once A Year

National Handmade Day on the first Saturday in April recognizes all those who put forth their creative talents into gifts warming the heart and leaving us awed.

  • William Morris founded the arts and crafts movement in the middle of the 19th century after being tired of mass produced products. He wanted a return to products that were both beautiful and useful.
  • In 1908 the Sears and Roebuck catalog brought arts and crafts style into most homes in the USA.
  • Leonardo da Vinci spent 12 years painting the Mona Lisa’s lips.
  • From 1912-1948, the Olympic Games awarded medals for artworks inspired by sport.
  • Women began forming sewing societies in the 1860’s where they would gather together and make quilts to sell at church bazaars.
  • Modern scrapbooking first emerged during the 1800s when photography was invented.
  • The most ancient candles are from China and Japan and were made of whale fat.
  • The first scented candles in the American colonies was bayberry, but it took a huge amount of bayberry leaves to produce a single candle.
  • 56% of US households craft at least once a year
  • The size of the creative industry in the United States was a staggering $44 billion in 2016, up from $30.1 billion in 2011.
  • The average household uses 14.3 meters (46.9 feet) of sellotape each year. Only 3.2 meters (1o.5 feet) is used for wrapping presents.
  • 92% of paper crafters create cards more than any other type of project
  • In 2010, an American study found that there were 21 million quilters in the USA.
  • “The whole nine yards,” a common phrase, came from the fabric that was needed to make the fanciest coat for a man of fashion.
  • Everyday in the US- papermakers recycle enough paper to fill a fifteen (15) mile long train of boxcars.
  • Paper was invented by the Chinese about 105 A.D. and was kept a secret for quite a number of years.
  • The largest sheet of handmade paper was made by Masaki Takahashi and Kazuki Maeda in Toyama, Japan on 19th August 2009
  • Origami, that is the art of paper folding was developed in the 17th century and became more popular in the rest of the world in the 1900s.
  • A paper bag takes twice the amount of energy to make than a plastic bag.
  • Not all paper is made from wood, some are made from scraps of cloth pieces, and the banknotes are made from cotton fiber.
  • Tree Shaping: It’s a very cool hobby in which you train living trees and other woody plants into artistic shapes or useful structures. Think about growing your own chair! It might take a while though.


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