{Crochet} Crochet to Calm Book Giveaway

crochet therapyTo celebrate the release of this awesome book, Crochet to Calm, with a forward that i was honoured to write, i am having a giveaway on Instagram. It’s super easy to enter! Simply repost ANY of my instagram images on your own feed and tag #redagapecrochettocalm I’ll be running the giveaway for a week and it is open to everyone everywhere! hooray! If you don’t have an instagram account or have trouble reposting, then just leave your name in the comments here and i’ll add you to the draw. Good luck everyone. The winner will be drawn at 9.30 on Friday the 23rd of September.crochet book calming

 

{Craft as Therapy} Your chance to be a guest moderator!

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Hello there! Have you been playing along with #craftastherapy on Instagram and wishing that you were able to pick the features? Well, this could be your chance. We are looking for a guest moderator to take over the account for a week, starting Nov 7. The job involves, choosing features, posting inspirational quotes and providing feedback to creative crafters.  As @craftastherapy belongs to everyone, the moderators and i thought having a guest moderator, chosen from our community, would be a great way to involve our participants. Okay – to be in the running you need to post a picture on IG, tag #craftastherapy_guestmod and tell us a bit about yourself. If you post a picture of yourself,  you will get two entries into the draw. So go on, give it a go! Being a @craftastherapy moderator is a lot of fun! The guest moderator will be drawn this Saturday, but until then please enjoy these features and posts from @neverjillian‘s and @smilewithsadie‘s week of moderating.

Mandyxx

creativity quote

Image Credit – @neverjillian

crochet doilies

{Top Left} – @raimarie16
{Top Right} – @murphy_and_me_handmade
{Bottom Left} – @hannapopana
{Bottom Right} – @nesimerciger

craft on instagram

{Top Left} – @rarepearstudio
{Top Right} – @crochetspecs
{Bottom Left} – @thehopeanomaly
{Bottom Right} – @suzannemartin

mandala craft

{Top Left} – @knitirene
{Top Right} – @themessybrunette
{Bottom Left} – @locamonica
{Bottom Right} – @maga_instamamme

{Craft as Therapy} Round Up by @Olivesandpickles

Craft quote

Image Credit – @olivesandpickes

Here is another @craftastherapy roundup from Ryane at @olivesandpickles. Her weekly theme was #craftastherapy_hexies, where crafters were invited to tag their images of crafty hexagons – sewn, crocheted, painted or drawn. Her hexie grid is at the bottom of this post. Thanks Ryane! And if you’d like to find out more about @craftastherapy on Instagram please read more here.

Craft hexagons

Image Credit – @olivesandpickles

Pretty craft projects

{Top Left} – @joykilledthepoet
{Top Right} – @leannesaysitallg
{Bottom Left} – @vilseivirkligheten
{Bottom Right} – _riaparamita_

Styled yarn pictures

{Top Left} – @petalplum
{Top Right} – @nikkioutwest
{Bottom Left} – @crochetgirl99
{Bottom Right} – _deborah.brandon_

Craft hexagons

{Top Left} – @maria.c.makeit
{Top Centre} – @deartomyartcreations
{Top Right} – @yardagedesign
{Middle Left} – @chitweed
{Middle Centre} – @marretjeroos
{Middle Right} – @madewithloops
{Bottom Left} – @mobiusgirl
{Bottom Centre} – @squeeze_cuddles
{Bottom Right} – @ourlovelylittlelife

 

{Craft as Therapy} Round Up by @redagape_styleanddesign

crochet mandalas

I was pretty excited to be back hosting the @craftastherapy page on Instagram. The handle has grown so much since i handed over the reins to a fantastic group of moderators. We are now closing in on 10,000 followers and over 12,000 images under the #craftastherapy tag! Whoop whoop! Anywho, here are some of my features from my week of hosting. We also have introduced a new weekly theme – mine was #craftastherapy_mandala and the features are at the end of this post.

yarn supplies

{Top Left} – @philo010282
{Top Right} – @07irene07
{Bottom Left} – _houseoflane_
{Bottom Right} – @anfloclay

crochet cactus

{Top Left} – @sunshinebychannon
{Top Right} – @chalieanslana_
{Bottom Left} -@kberlew
{Bottom Right} – @crochetspecs

crochet patterns

{Top Left} – @murphy_and_me_handmade
{Top Right} – @poppyandbliss
{Bottom Left} – @pate_and_birdie
{Bottom Right} – @crochetgirl99

blue crafts

{Top Left} – @thedizzylimits
{Top Right} – @craftbritabroad
{Bottom Left} – @umdiddle_diddlediddle
{Bottom Right} – @joykilledthepoet

craft ideas

{Top Left} – @alittlevintagedoll
{Top Right} – @masalsidusler
{Bottom Left} – @rubyjaneslane
{Bottom Right} – @poa_and_pod

crochet mandalas

{Top Left} -@nesimerciger
{Top Centre} – @bymamidk
{Top Right} – @anfloclay
{Middle Left} – @kellykellygreen
{Middle Centre} – @millefleurs13
{Middle Right} – @mammalanie
{Bottom Left} – @papatyayshem
{Bottom Centre} – @lcs_girl
{Bottom Right} – @goes.id.handwerk

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Mariana from @winterbeachbymab

inspirational quote

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

inspirational quote

{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