In a news release posted on April 5, 2011 CHA announced the results of the 2010 CHA U.S. Attitude & Usage Study which presents the top craft sectors and annual consumer spend.  The U.S. craft and hobby industry is at $29 billion with about 56% of U.S. households crafting at least once a year.  See the complete release below for the top 10 craft sectors by participation and spend. 




ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (April 5, 2011) The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) announced the 2010 full-year results from its CHA U.S. Attitude & Usage (A&U) Study.  The CHA U.S. A&U Study is a custom quantitative research study commissioned to better understand consumer craft spending and behavior in the United States.  The CHA U.S. A&U Study found that 56% of U.S. households crafted at least once during 2010, contributing to the $29.2 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. 

Beginning in January 2010, the CHA U.S. A&U Study was upgraded from a direct mail panel format to an online survey questionnaire.  The change provided many benefits including greater depth of data on individual craft segments and purchase drivers, and detailed crafting behavior at the individual and household level. Due to the changes in methodology, sample size, and reclassification of craft segments within the 2010 questionnaire, direct comparisons between the 2010 CHA U.S. A&U Study and previous years are not valid, nor recommended. 

The CHA U.S. A&U Study tracks sales and other metrics in eight broad categories comprised of 53 individual craft segments. Categories include:  General Crafts ($9.9 billion), Fine Arts ($3.7 billion), Paper & Memory Crafts ($3.3 billion), Needle Crafts ($2.9) billion, Artistic Crafts ($2.6 billion), Sewing Crafts ($2.5 billion), Jewelry Making & Bead Crafts ($2.3 billion) and Floral Crafts ($2.0 billion).  During 2010, the General Crafts category represented the largest sector at 34% of all industry sales. 

The 2010 CHA U.S. A&U Study also ranked the top ten crafting segments based on consumer spending and household participation which collectively represent 19% of the craft segments and 53% ($15.443 billion) of total industry sales.

Top Ten Craft Segments by Sales

  1. Woodworking/Wood Crafts                                  $3.322 billion
  2. Drawing                                                                         $2.078 billion
  3. Food Crafting                                                              $2.001 billion
  4. Jewelry Making                                                          $1.446 billion
  5. Scrapbooking & Memory Crafts                           $1.440 billion
  6. Floral Decorating                                                       $1.303 billion
  7. Crocheting                                                                     $1.062 billion
  8. Card Making                                                                  $1.040 billion
  9. Home Décor Crafts (Non-Sewing)                           $948 million
  10. Wedding Crafts                                                                $803 million

Top Ten Craft Segments by Household Participation*

  1. Drawing                                                                          21.1 million households
  2. Scrapbooking & Memory Crafts                           18.4 million
  3. Crocheting                                                                    17.4 million
  4. Woodworking/Wood Crafts                                   16.8 million
  5. Jewelry Making                                                           14.7 million
  6. Card Making                                                                  14.0 million
  7. Floral Decorating                                                        13.6 million
  8. Cross-Stitch                                                                   13.3 million
  9. Knitting                                                                            13.0 million
  10. Wreath Making                                                              11.6 million

* Based on 114,200,000 U.S. households

 The CHA Attitude & Usage Study is fielded by a major global market research survey provider on behalf of the Craft & Hobby Association for its members, to provide consumer insight that guide decision-making.  Complete reports are available free to CHA members or for purchase via email request to Keri Cunningham, Marketing Manager, at


CHA previously announced the first-ever quantitative study on the attitudes and shopping behavior of Canadian craft consumers. The CHA Canada Attitude & Usage Study estimates the size of the Canadian craft and hobby market in addition to identifying important attitudinal drivers of crafting frequency and consumer spending. The study was initiated at the request of Canadian members of CHA and is being conducted in both English and French to include the French speaking population.  The study follows the same methodology used in the CHA U.S. A&U study. Full year results for 2011 will be available in early 2012.

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