Feeling Better Already.

Art and creativity have been long been considered
therapeutic tools. Initially thoughts turn to
conventional mediums such as painting and the act
of painting or throwing pots as an act of catharsis
in itself. But you can take it a lot further when you
think about crafting.
Ways crafting make you feel better:
Meditative - The act of knitting can be likened to
yoga as a rhythmic meditative activity. You may
recall, Like Water for Chocolate (1992) where Tita
knits a wedding blanket which grows and grows
and gets longer and longer throughout the film
symbolizing her endless personal struggles and
grief . There’s something relaxing about the act of
knitting or cross stitching. You have to concentrate,
yet you can also let your thoughts drift. Of course
drifting thoughts can be slightly more problematic
with other crafts as you embroider a cross stitch to
your jumper accidentally or superglue your fingers
Tactility - There’s nothing like the feel of alpaca
wool or velvet or doing something creative with
feathers. It gives you a happy feeling inside.
The creative buzz - Inspiration is a wonderful thing
to lift the spirits, and there’s nothing quite like the
creativity of crafting, and the pleasure associated
with looking through books, internet blogs, or
nature for inspiration.
The search - Finding the perfect fabric or knitting
needles at a neighborhood garage sale, sorting
through a stash of forgotten fabric you’ve had
hidden under the bed… all of these can bring a
sense of pleasure and achievement.
Achieving a goal- Creating an item of clothing
or soft toy is a fine accomplishment. It involves,
planning, getting supplies, cutting out and sewing
and ending up with a completed object. When
things seem rather pointless or relentless, even
quicker crafts like badge making and pin cushions
can make you feel like you’ve achieved something
in your day. Having something in your hands that
you’ve created from scratch is very tangible.
Risk taking- Everyone has that piece of fabric that
they haven’t been able to bear cutting into in case
they ‘ruin’ it. It’s an amazing feeling when you finally
take the plunge!
Sharing your pleasure with others- Being crafty
means there is never a shortage of gift giving ideas
as a way of sharing your craftiness. And there’s
nothing like socializing with other crafters! Through
markets, blogs, knitting groups and online crafting
communities you can get great pleasure in the
sharing of ideas with people whose eyes don’t
glaze when you talk about selvage.

Cate Lawrence


Thanks mixtape magazine for this……