I’m lefthanded and I have noticed that a lot of other crafters are too. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s the left hand/right brain argument or whatever. Actually if you go back in history many of the most famous (and infamous) people were lefthanded – Julius Caesar, Leonardo Da Vinci etc. Creativity and greatness go hand in hand with being a leftie. Well that’s my opinion anyway! But I admit that I seem to find it harder to ‘get’ a new skill and a lot of that seems to be due to my lefthandedness. I absolutely cannot learn a new craft from step by step drawings in a book. They always seem to make no sense and miss out the bit I need the most. Knitting has been a nightmare for me. Trying to learn from my right handed mother has failed so many times. I can mirror her hands to make the stitches but it still doesn’t ‘click’, you know what I mean? And there’s not much help out there unless you know where to look. So I thought that a blog with a collection of left handed crafting links and books would be a good idea for us lefties. I’ve found a few that have been helpful to me but if you know of any others please leave a comment and I will add them to the list.
Crochet: Youtube has been invaluable for learning this. The best BEST videos are by tjw1963 who has both left and right handed videos and lots of them. She responds to comments promptly too and is very helpful. I cannot recommend her enough. She has a blog with free patterns here. Tamie Snow has a photo tutorial on flickr here too.
Knitting: I did a general youtube search for left handed knitting here and although I have yet to try knitting for the bazillionth time my best recommendation is to try a few different videos and find the style that works for you.And this is a right handed video but I recommend anyone having trouble knitting to check out this small podcast by Cat Morley. She goes a little fast but after 20 yrs of trying to learn to cast on she’s the one who I managed to learn from. So for that alone I found it worth it! I love her Scottish accent too.
Embroidery: Yvette Stanton (who blogs here) is writing a left handed embroidery book. A whole book for us!! And of course Jenny Hart has a page with stitches for lefties here. And as much as I hate the nicknames for lefthandedness like porthanded, cackhanded (from my own mother!), southpaw, wrong handed etc I love Jenny’s name – I will happily admit to being a lefty loo-loo!
Sewing: I have no links for left handed sewing other than to say that my left handed sewing scissors are my very very best friend. In home ec. sewing it was incredibly embarrassing having the teacher cut my fabric until I finally got them. And they are such good quality that when I had them sharpened this month after owning them for 15 years they were still sharp.
So that’s my tiny little list. We’re massively under represented out there in craftland and at the book store so please let me know of any other links or info you may know about!