Name: Evie Eden
Age: 22 years old
About the series
The Healing Craft Series features creators sharing their thoughts and feelings on crafting and healing through crafting.
“My friends inspire me. All of my clothing pieces are named after them, I design based on their personal styles and what I can see them wearing.”
Evie Eden, @evieedencrochet
What kind of craft do you do and how long have you been doing it for?
I started with teaching myself Macrame in 2018 after visiting Bali for the first time. This created my love for fibre art. I have been crocheting since the start of 2020, just before lockdown.
What is your favourite place/time of day to craft and why?
My favourite place to crochet is my on sofa at home, watching Drag Race highlights on YouTube or something funny that I’ve seen 1 million times like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I feel like I have no distractions, I can write what I’m doing in my pattern book and listen to TV that makes me laugh and feel nostalgic.
What inspires you (in life & in crafting)?
My friends inspire me. All of my clothing pieces are named after them, I design based on their personal styles and what I can see them wearing. Also, bohemian clothing and decor inspires me; I love natural, sustainable materials such as bamboo and cotton and earth tones for colours.
How has/is crafting helping you and your mental health?
Crafting helps me by letting me focus energy on creating Instead of negativity. I like a challenge, but fibre art such as crochet is great because it is easy to unravel and start over if something goes wrong. When it goes right however, it brings immense joy and sense of worth that I have made something completely personal to me, that I can wear and love and is sustainable.
What is your advice to other creators (or newly started creators)?
My advice to new creators is that practice makes perfect. Your first piece probably isn’t going to be perfect and that’s ok! Everyone has to start somewhere, it’s fine and normal to get a little frustrated from time to time. It will always work out in the end- even if you make something you think is terrible, it will bring you joy in time knowing how far you’ve come.