If you have sore hands or arthritis and have the ok from your doctor to keep crafting, here are some helpful ergonomic crafting tools!
I have recently been dealing with a sore hand. I think it’s probably from knitting and typing (the two things I do all day long). But while I work out what to do about it with my doctor, I started thinking that I am surely not alone. Our hands take a toll from crafting, especially if you do small scale crafts. So today we’re going to share some ergonomic crafting tools for sore hands and arthritis.
Important preface: PLEASE talk to your doctor for any pain in your hands. I’m not a doctor. I can’t tell you which activities you should or shouldn’t do or which crafting tools you should or shouldn’t use when you have sore hands. If you have arthritis or other hand pain, make sure you have the go ahead from a doctor to continue craft activities. Don’t take any of the tools on this list as advice. If anything hurts, stop doing it.
Ok, so basically, to sum up, I’m not a doctor, talk to one. Use your common sense.
Not only do I have sore hands, as I get older (I’m not that old but I do have aging relatives that has this on my mind) I’ve spent some time thinking recently how much we take healthy hands for granted. When you have pain in your hands, it’s really hard to do pretty much anything. If you suffer from that kind of thing, you absolutely have my sympathy.
But I have also been thinking a lot about protecting my hands. I would like to make an effort to better crafting techniques and tools so my hands stay in good shape longer. Makes sense, right? To be honest with you, my online cart is full after I researched this article for you, there are so many cool ergonomic crafting tools out there!
So, here are some ergonomic crafting tools that you might like. Again, these are just options that are out there, not advice!
Helpful Ergonomic Crafting Tools for Sore Hands and Arthritis
- Ergonomic Crochet Hooks
If you crochet, consider ergonomic crochet hooks that have bigger handles that better position your hands while you crochet. There are tons of different designs so if one doesn’t feel great, you can try another!
- Square Knitting Needles
Because the yarn travels the entire length of a knitting needle, they can’t really have nice comfy handles like a crochet hook. However, some people say that square knitting needles are easier on your hands. It may be worth a try. Consider your technique as well, it may help to switch from English to Continental or vice versa!
- Ergonomic Craft Knife
Instead of the skinny metal handle, get yourself a craft knife with a nice cushy ergonomic handle, your hands will thank you.
- Fingertip Craft Knife
Some people may find a fingertip style craft knife to be more comfortable them. This style of craft knife has a loop at the end that slips over your pointer finger to help you hold the knife.
- Spray Paint Trigger Handle
Have you ever spray painted a large project only to finish and realize your pointer finger is both very stiff and covered in paint? A spray paint trigger handle attaches to the top of the can and completely solves this problem. This one is not just for people with sore hands or arthritis!
- Safety Straight Edge
This tool is one I discovered only AFTER I sliced my finger open with a craft knife in architecture school.. A safety straight edge is used to cut straight lines with a craft or utility knife and it helps you hold the ruler in place while protecting all of the fingers on your non cutting hand. The handle on top also makes the straight edge much easier to hold down. This one’s 100% worth it!
- Comfort Rotary Cutter
If you like to sew or quilt, an ergonomic rotary cutter has a bigger, easier to hold handle that should be easier to use.
- Spring-loaded Scissors or Shears
“Easy action” scissors or shears with larger handles and springs may be a lot easier for some people to use. I really like these spring loaded detail shears, but they also have easy to use sewing scissors as well!
- Ergonomic Latch Hook Tool
Yep, that’s a thing, someone makes an ergonomic latch hook tool, how fun is that?
- Ergonomic Paintbrushes
Brushes with larger handles may be easier for some artist to hold.
- Ergonomic Tweezers
Tweezers with big padded sides make grabbing and picking up tiny things like beads a lot easier.
- Ergonomic Seam Rippers
There’s not much worse that having to use a seam ripper, a seam ripper with a nice big comfy handle would definitely make the job better!
- Rubber Stamp Pressure Tool
For stampers, scrapbookers and other papercrafters, this large rubber stamp pressure tool makes it easier to press down evenly on your stamps.
If you have any other great crafting tools for sore hands or arthritis, let us know!
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