{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Mariana from @winterbeachbymab

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Image Credit – @winterbeachbymab

Here is the #craftastherapy round up from last week – hosted by crochet queen, Mariana from @winterbeachbymab. It was a brilliant week with @craftastherapy reaching over 6000 followers. And it’s growing everyday. Please have a little read here to find out more about #craftastherapy and how you can join in. Here are some of Mariana’s picks for the week.

amigurumi japan

{Top Left} – @ecembayarozturk
{Top Right} – @surisuriami
{Bottom Left} – @colouredyarns
{Bottom Right} –@vanessakind

crochet cushion designs

{Top Left} – @07irene07
{Top Right} – @makingpolly
{Bottom Left} – @mumakaro
{Bottom Right} –@pronkenpruts

handmade bags

{Top Left} – @_christacoal_
{Top Right} – @hobizamanim
{Bottom Left} – @squeeze_cuddles
{Bottom Right} –@bymamidk

simple craft projects

{Top Left} – @madebyjossan
{Top Right} – @chelsea_crochet_photography
{Bottom Left} – @crochet.etc
{Bottom Right} -@solo_un_sogno

instagram crafts styled

{Top Left} – @creativelife_happylife
{Top Right} – @joakhui80
{Bottom Left} – @merriweatherc
{Bottom Right} –@steelandstitch

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{Crochet} Mindful Pattern by Shelley Husband from Spincushions

crochet block pattern

Image Credit – Shelley Husband
Mindful Crochet Pattern

When super crocheter Shelley from Spincushions said she wanted to gift one of her patterns to @craftastherapy i was touched by her generosity. Shelley is an extremely talented crochet designer, who loves designing crochet squares and blankets. She is also just slightly obsessed with seamless crochet. Seriously, her crochet designs are just perfection!

crochet bag pattern

Image Credit – Shelley Husband Shelley’s crochet block bag pattern that was featured in Handmade Magazine

 

crochet mandala pattern

Image Credit – Shelley Husband Shelley’s version of my crochet pattern Mandy’s Mandala

Mindful Crochet

Shelley has created a beautiful repetitive 4 round square, called Mindful, which is fitting for meditative crochet and crafting as therapy. She described the pattern herself as ‘mindlessly meditative’ and therefore ideal for relaxing. It’s beautfully simple little block that can be made as small or as large as you like. Perfect for blankets, scarves or crochet project that uses squares. The options are endless! And in true Shelley style she has written the pattern in both UK and U.S. terms so everyone can have a play!!! Yay! Click on the images below to download the Mindful Pattern.

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A massive thank you to Shelley for sharing this pattern with us. And if you’d like to find out more about Shelley and her patterns you can find her in the following places –

 

 

 

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Jill from @neverjillian

craft as therapy

Image Credit – @neverjillian

Another fabulous week has passed over at @craftastherapy where the fabulous Jill from @neverjillian took the reins as moderator. It is hard to believe that she was initally apprehensive about jumping on board as a moderator – her posts so clever, inspiring and creative. Here’s some of Jill’s posts and featured pictures from last week. Thank you for doing such a great job this week Jill. xx

crochet cactus

{Top Left} – @jo_quittenton
{Top Right} – @momma_tiff4
{Bottom Left} – @_riaparamita_
{Bottom Right} – @joyfulfour

inspirational art quote

Image Credit – @neverjillian

pretend play food

{Top Left} – @caterpiyarn
{Top Right} – @marbergna
{Bottom Left} – @deartomyartcreations
{Bottom Right} – @sunshinebychannon

creativity is contagious

Image Credit – @neverjillian

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @surisuriami
{Top Right} – @knot_katy
{Bottom Left} – @pearliebirdy
{Bottom Right} – @sulphurcrested

crochet motifs

{Top Left} – @yarn_house
{Top Right} – @solstrikke
{Bottom Left} – @flo_and_dot
{Bottom Right} – @joakhui80

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Makenzie from @bqueencollection

beautiful crochet hooks

Image Credit – @bqueencollection

Makenzie from @bqueencollection moderated @craftastherapy last week. Makenzie and her husband make the most glorious crochet hooks you will ever see, each one is a work of handmade art. You can find out all about Makenzie and her husband Brian on their website Bqueen Collection. I particularly liked Makenzie’s posts last week because they were all colour coded, which i LOVE! Here are just some of her posts for the week –

yellow yarn

Image Credit – @bqueencollection

cute craft projects

{Top Left} – @jellywares
{Top Right} – @woolyana
{Bottom Left} – @tranquilltreasures
{Bottom Right} – @vannesa_yulan

 

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @poppyandbliss
{Top Right} – @ecembayarozturk
{Bottom Left} – @pompomchicbyeli
{Bottom Right} – @justanothercraftystuff

cute craft projects

{Top Left} – @my.paper.pomegranate
{Top Right} – @misskatiuska
{Bottom Left} – @redagape_styleanddesign
{Bottom Right} – @keepnsunny

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @indigoandamber
{Top Right} – @strawbsdesign
{Bottom Left} – @4sjov
{Bottom Right} – @kikalite

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Marianne from @marretjeroos

yarn craft projects

Crafty Makes from @marretjeroos

Marianne from @marretjeroos moderated the #craftastherapy hashtag last week. A talented and unique crocheter and crafter, i found Marianne through a mutual IG friend and have admired her work ever since. I was thrilled when she agreed to be a moderator from @craftastherapy.  She did a beautiful job hosting last  – here are some of her posts. And if you’d like to know more about #craftastherapy please visit my About Craft as Therapy page. :)

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @surisuriami
{Top Right} – @gooseberryfool
{Bottom Left} – @_hellostella_
{Bottom Right} – @teaandfleur

craft as therapy

{Top Left} – @caronwasserfall
{Top Right} – @moerks
{Bottom Left} – @strikkvild
{Bottom Right} – @zamhandmade

craft as therapy

Image Credit @marretjeroos

handmade craft projects

{Top Left} – @alittlevintagedoll
{Top Right} – @murphy_and_me_handmade
{Bottom Left} – @yardagedesign
{Bottom Right} – @zamhandmade

craft projects

{Top Left} – @susanmbeets
{Top Right} – @mycreamlife
{Bottom Left} – @byvintagedaisies
{Bottom Right} – @crochetgirl99

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Natalie from @littlecosythings

Crochet sheep

Image Credit – @littlecosythings

The lovely Natalie from @littlecosythings hosted the @craftastherapy feed last week and she did an amazing job! I love that Natalie dove in head first and fearlessly shared her craft as therapy story with all of our followers. Natalie, who suffers from chronic pain and is battling infertility, uses craft as a way to help her cope. You can read more about Natalie’s story over on her blog www.littlecosythings.com You can also BUY her beautiful creations for very reasonable prices. I found Natalie’s week hosting, particularly inspiring because despite her issues and struggles, she always makes time to share a kind word or support someone else who is struggling. Here are some of her posts for the week –

crochet stars

{Top Left} – @kikdekuk
{Top Right} – @gultence79
{Bottom Left} – @neverjillian
{Bottom Right} – @oifoikoi

colourful craft projects

{Top Left} – @carter_and_brown
{Top Right} – @asplashofcolour_georgi
{Bottom Left} – @yardagedesign
{Bottom Right} – @kellykellykellygreen

handmade craft projects

{Top Left} – @tranquilltreasures
{Top Right} – @bqueencollection
{Bottom Left} – @lynne_ee
{Bottom Right} – @vampyr1764

handmade dolls

{Top Left} – @maritparit
{Top Right} – @alittlevintagedoll
{Bottom Left} – vanessakind
{Bottom Middle} – @_riaparamita_
{Bottom Right} – @offdhookcreations

cute craft projects

{Top Left} – @poppyandbliss
{Top Right} – @suzannemartin
{Bottom Left} – @colouredbuttons
{Bottom Right} – @esthersunday1

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @knitpurlhook
{Top Right} – @ponytales_
{Bottom Left} – @asterisquebysassi
{Bottom Right} – @flossiecottage

crochet care bears

Image Credit – @littlecosythings

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Heike from @madewithloops

Craft as Therapy Week 6

Image Credit – @madewithloops

There are over 7000 posts under the #craftastherapy hashtag on Instagram! I’m so happy i cannot put it adequately into words. Incredible! :) My moderators continue to amaze me with their creativity and the fabulous Heike from @madewithloops was no exception when she moderated last week. Here are her posts for the week and don’t forget, everyone is welcome to join in. All you need to do is tag your crafty images with #craftastherapy for a chance to be featured on @craftastherapy.

craft as therapy

{Top Left} – @nuran2010bora
{Top Right} – @flo_and_dot
{Bottom Left} – @munisesi
{Bottom Right} – @rikaulricha

inspirational quote

Image Credit – @madewithloops

mandalas for wink

{Top Left} – @kellykellykellygreen
{Top Right} – @redagape_styleanddesign
{Bottom Left} – @suzanne2017
{Bottom Right} – @marretjeroos

inspirational quote craft

Image Credit – @madewithloops

crochet pattern flower

Image and Pattern Credit – @madewithloops

craft ideas

{ Top Left} – @gultence79
{Middle Left} – @surisuriami
{Top Right} – @kikdekuk
{Bottom Left} – @cozamundo
{Bottom Right} – @angelacoyota

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Fiona from @millefleurs13

crochet mandala

Image Credit @millefleurs13

The lovely Fiona from @millefleurs13 hosted the @craftastherapy account on Instagram last week. It was a difficult week for fellow crocheters as the gorgeous and talented Marinke, also know as Wink, from A Creative Being lost her battle with depression. Sadly, sometimes #craftastherapy isn’t enough. Mandalas like the one above have been flooding instagram since her passing and igniting lots of discussion about the therapeutic benefits of craft. Wink herself was included in the book Crochet Saved my Life  by Kathryn Vercillo –

“Crochet is basically repeating the same thing over and over again, and for me that flow really helps me get through the day. But at the same time, you have to keep thinking about what you’re doing, so it never gets boring. And you get to be creative while you’re at it – what more can you want?” -Wink 

I think many crafters can relate to the idea that repetitive movements can calm and heal, but the act of creating itself, even with repetitive movements, still requires enough concentration and focus that it can distract the mind from worry and illess…..to varying degrees. Of course, the therapeutic benefits of craft does have its limit. Myself and all of the moderators from @craftastherapy send out our sincerest condolenses to Wink’s family and friends. xx

Please enjoy some of the posts from @millefleurs13 that were shared over the last week. And please feel very welcome to join our friendly and supportive community over on Instagram by tagging your images with #craftastherapy. Much love to all.

mandyxx

crochet flowers

Image Credit @millefleurs13

flower crafts

{Top Left} – @asplashofcolour_georgi
{Top Right} – @intheyarngarden
{Bottom Left} – @vannesa_yulan
{Bottom Right} – @audrey_studiopaars

uplifting quote

Image Credit @millefleurs13

craft as therapy hexagons

{Top Left} – @flossiecottage
{Top Right} – @olivesandpickles
{Bottom Left} – @knitpurlhook
{Bottom Right} – @sairsparrow

@craftastherapy instagram

Image Credit @millefleurs13

food amigurumi

{Top Left} – @coachhousepictures
{Top Right} – @flamingpot
{Bottom Left} – @ecembayarozturk
{Bottom Right} – @lynne_ee

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Marit from @maritparit

craft as therapy

Image Credit @maritparit

Thank you kindly to @maritparit for moderating @craftastherapy over on Instagram last week. A talented crocheter with a generous heart, Marit did a beautiful job of hosting the @craftastherapy feed. She also has a crochet blog  – www.mjukdesign.wordpress.com which features her beautiful patterns and handmade pieces.

If you haven’t joined this wonderful @craftastherapy community yet, please feel welcome to look us up on Instagram. There you can tag your crafty creations with #craftastherapy. There are lots of gorgeous people in this crafting community and i’m sure you will find it a happy and accepting place. Please enjoy Marit’s features for the week –

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{Top Left} – @flossiecottage
{Top Right} –@funnyva1entine
{Bottom Left} – @craftypinkcreations
{Bottom Right} – @suzannemartin

craft as therapy

{Top Left} – @charlisadesigns
{Top Right} – @_riaparamita_
{Bottom Left} – @mirabelandme
{Bottom Right} – @pauline.c.morgan

crafting community online

{Top Left} – @willashalit
{Top Right} – @atolye_lina
{Bottom Left} – @rikaulricha
{Bottom Right} – @string_harvest

craft as therapy

{Top Left} – @lynne_ee
{Top Right} – @mumamia62
{Bottom Left} – @knitpurlhook
{Bottom Right} – @byvintagedaisies

craft as therapy

Image Credit – @maritparit

Easy Pom Pom Tutorial

 

rainbow pom poms

Finally, i have found an easy, failsafe method for making pom poms! Hooray! After many failed attempts using various pom pom making contraptions, i decided to try making them without any fancy gadgets. Success! These are the best pom poms i have ever made and because pom pom making should never be frustrating or sad, i am going to show you how it is done.

rain pom poms

Here is my recipe for rainbow pom poms. All you need is yarn and scissors – oh and your hands. That’s it! Read on –

step by step pom poms

Step 1 – Using your thumb to hold the end of the yarn, begin wrapping your first colour around three of your fingers. Try to keep a little separation between your fingers as this will make it easier to remove your yarn.

easy to make pom poms

Step 2 – Continue wrapping until you have made 30 circuits around your fingers.

fail safe pom poms

Step 3 – Then cut the yarn.

fail safe pom poms

Step 4 – Starting with a new colour, repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 with each of the five different coloured yarns. This equates to 150 circuits of yarn aound your fingers.  If you would prefer a single colour then just wrap 150 times with your colour preference.

the best pom poms

Step 5 – Gently slide the yarn bundle off your fingers.

easy peasy pom poms

Step 6 – Lay the yarn bundle carefully on top of a length of yarn. It is up to you how long this length is – mine is around 30 cms because i wanted some length leftover to attach my pom pom to things!

fail safe pom poms

Step 7 – Tie a knot in the bundle of yarn, being careful to keep it centred. Make sure the knot is tight and secure to prevent your pom pom from exploding when you cut it.

Rainbow pom poms

How to make pom poms

Step 8 – Flip your yarn bundle over and bring the lengths of yarn forward. DIY pom poms

Step 9 – Tie another tight knot at the back of the yarn bundle. Having a knot on either side helps to keep your pom pom neat and secure.

Rainbow pom poms

Pom Pom tutorial

Step 10 – Carefully slip your scissors into the yarn and cut around the edges of your yarn bundle.

Rainbow pom poms

Step 11 – Keep cutting all the way around and then trim your pom pom to shape. Yarn confetti!!

Rainbow pom poms

Ta da! All done. You can vary the size and density of your pom poms by changing the number of fingers and circuits you make. The lengths of yarn that you used to tie your knots can also be using for attaching your pom poms. I’ve attached my rainbow pom poms to the corners of my crochet candy blanket and i think they look grand! What could be better than rainbow pom poms!? (well, secretly i have a plan for some mega poms poms that may be better, but i’ll save that for another blog entry).

crochet blanket with pom poms