Crafting the Resistance
35 Projects for Craftivists, Protestors, and Women Who Persist
Lara Neel, Heather Marano
- 192 Pages
- August 22, 2017
- ISBN: 9781510731394
- Imprint: Skyhorse Publishing
Knit, sew, and craft your way to self-empowerment.
Are you a Nasty Woman ready to smash the patriarchy with a needle and thread? Proudly proclaim your feminism with your very own DIY Bleeding Heart T-shirt? Or stage a protest with the rest of the girls, wearing knitted Pussyhats?
Be part of the revolution by reclaiming the "domestic" arts of knitting, sewing, and more—to channel your feminist rage. With pictures, step-by-step instructions, bonus patterns, and tips for crafters of all skill levels from beginner to advanced, Crafting the Resistance is the book for women’s rights activists on a DIY path to self-determination.
Put your homemaking and protesting skills to the test with thirty-five girl-powered, easy-to-make, kickass projects such as:
"Snowflake" knitted wristers
Take politics into your own hands, literally, and craft your message out into the world. Including an essay and quotes on the history and importance of craftivism, Crafting the Resistance is the ultimate book for political crafters, DIY activists, empowered protestors, and any woman—or man—who is part of the resistance.
Heather Marano is an anthropologist and archaeologist. She studies textiles in western and nonwestern cultures and teaches classes on knitting, spinning, gardening, and natural dyeing of fibers and fabrics. She blogs at themerryspinster.com and lives in Millbrae, California.
—Donna Druchunas, author of Knitting as a Political Act and The Art of Lithuanian Knitting
"The projects in Crafting The Resistance are just like the book itself; inspiring, simple to comprehend, and immediate classics. The quotes that begin each section are compelling, as are the reading and listening recommendations that accompany each item. We are living in a singular time; these great projects allow us to fully personalize our 'revolution from within.’"
—Annie Modesitt, author of Confessions of a Knitting Heretic
"Heather Marano and Lara Neel have put together a timely and charming how-to book of simple projects with practical appeal to activists. Whether you decide to make a kit bag or a statement bandanna, you will be learning the basics of a craft you may never have tried before. . . . Make something for yourself, or get together with friends and Craft the Resistance."
—June Hemmons Hiatt, author of The Principles of Knitting
"Crafting the Resistance goes beyond the pussyhat. . . . [It] does a good job of bringing in new craftivists and inspiring them to try new things. . . . The projects range from the eminently useful (the vinyl tote, the security waist belt) to 'I had no idea I needed one of these' (the snowflake wrist warmers) and 'I’d love to try that!' (any of the wool-felting projects.)"
—Twin Cities Geek
"Pussyhats are important to make because I like to smash the patriarchy."
—Genevieve, 5, The Knitmore Girls
"We approach handcraft for all kinds of reasons: joy, grief, community, and sometimes frustration. What better thing to occupy anxious hands than an act of creation, an act of defiance? Neel and Marano offer a number of projects crossing various mediums, and introduce first time craftivists to both different crafts and some intersectional issues—more than just pink pussyhats. Cast on and start a conversation!"
—Jasmin Knitmore, The Knitmore Girls