About the series
The Healing Craft Series features creators sharing their thoughts and feelings on crafting and healing through crafting.
“Allow yourself to fall short of the mark at times, not everything that you do will be perfect.”
What kind of craft do you do and how long have you been doing it for?
I crochet and have been doing so for almost 6 years.
What is your favourite place/time of day to craft and why?
I love to crochet at home by myself. A sunny afternoon on the porch is my favorite environment for it. Feeling the warmth of the sun and all sorts of living things enjoying it too while I create is so peaceful.
What inspires you (in life & in crafting)?
Nature and literature are my biggest inspirations, both related and unrelated to crochet. I love to make flower-themed and naturally-colored items. Books are a major part of my life as an English major and avid reader, I like to find color schemes in book covers or base creations on short pieces of writing.
How has/is crafting helping you and your mental health?
I learned how to crochet while in the hospital for my mental health. I find it incredibly helpful to keep my hands busy, but especially to see that I can create some beautiful things that I enjoy and to see other people enjoy them as well. The first project that I ever finished was a red granny square blanket that I made in the hospital for my mom, it brought a lot of joy to both of us.
What is your advice to other creators (or newly started creators)?
Do things for yourself! Not necessarily create items for yourself (which you should do if you like) but create things that you will enjoy, even if you don’t get the response that you’re hoping for. Make sure that you enjoy the process and result of your work. Allow yourself to fall short of the mark at times, not everything that you do will be perfect. Learn and move forward!