{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 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 –

{Top Left} -  {Top Right} -  {Bottom Left} -  {Bottom Right} -

{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

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Ryane from @olivesandpickles

creativity quote

The beautiful and talented Ryane from @olivesandpickles moderated @craftastherapy on Instagram last week. It was an exciting week for our instagram handle as we hit 1000 followers. Fantastic!! Thank you to Ryane for wonderful week hosting. Here are her quotes and selected features for the week. To play along tag your Instagram images with #craftastherapy and join in the fun and support of our creative community.

one thousand

styling craft images

{Top Left} – @zamhandmade
{Top Right} – @redagape_styleanddesign
{Bottom Left} – @asplashofcolour_georgi
{Bottom Right} – @_riaparamita_

crochet food

{Top Left} – @sulphurcrested
{Top Right} – @coachhousepictures
{Bottom Left} – @winterbeachbymab
{Bottom Right} – @suzannemartin

sweet crochet projects

{Top Left} – @smilewithsade
{Top Right} – @ecembayarozturk
{Bottom Left} – @nandi_90
{Bottom Right} – @susanmbeets

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @crochetgirl99
{Top Right} – @maritparit
{Bottom Left} – @tranquilltreasures
{Bottom Right} – @mamainastitch

styling craft images

{Top Left} – @kenjiku
{Top Right} – @mysuburbanfarm
{Bottom Left} – @crochetandcupcakes
{Bottom Right} – @_coffeecoloredlife_

This post from Ryane was a brilliant way to meet and discover how far and wide our #craftastherapy community reaches. Check out @craftastherapy on Instagram to read all about it.

Craft as therapy community

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Sade from @smilewithsade

craft as therapy

The wonderfully talented Sade from @smilewithsade moderated @craftastherapy last week.

What a delight to have Sade from @smilewithsade host @craftastherapy last week over on Instagram. I honestly have the best moderators ever! So wise, talented and eager to offer support whenever it is needed. Thanks so much Sade for doing such a great job last week. Here are Sade’s posts for the week –

crochet mandala

Just one of Sade’s inspirational posts from the @craftastherapy feed

woven wall hangings

{Top Left} @vanessakind
{Top Right} @rarepearstudio
{Bottom Left} @meldzam
{Bottom Right} @amandavaniakiat

crochet blankets

{Top Left} @bymamidk
{Top Right} @yarnandwhatnot
{Bottom Left} @madewithloops
{Bottom Right} @maritparit

inspirational quote

crochet cushions

Top Left} @winterbeachbymab
{Top Right} @neverjillian
{Bottom Left} @marretjeroos
{Bottom Right} @ektelykke

Please feel welcome to join in the fun over on Instagram. All you need to do is tag your crafty images with #craftastherapy.

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Queen Babs

Crochet hearts

Wise words from Jane aka @queen_babs

A big thank you to Jane, aka @queen_babs who moderated @craftastherapy last week. She did a brilliant job choosing features from the #craftastherapy feed and sharing her words of wisdom. Jane suffers from a chronic condition called fibromyalgia, so she understands completely that craft can act as a successful form of therapy. In fact, she moderated the @craftastherapy handle during a week where she was quite ill. During her week we reached 500 followers and over 4000 images in the #craftastherapy feed. Well done Jane! Here are her features for the week –

Colour crochet projects

{Top Left} @marretjeroos
{Top Right} @melovediy
{Bottom Left} @cuddlebugkids
{Bottom Right} @ceyhan65

Crochet granny squares

{Top Left} @sabinaspeich
{Top Right} @tiedwitharibbon
{Bottom Left} @sulphurcrested
{Bottom Right} @sewflippincute1

Crochet amigurumi projects

{Top Left} @vanessakind
{Top Right} @neverjillian
{Bottom Left} @ektelykke
{Bottom Right} @atolye_lina

Crochet flower projects

{Top Left} @figalili
{Top Right} @patchmania
{Bottom Left} @crochetcookies
{Bottom Right} @lisacloverhill

Food crafts

{Top Left} @zehradilek07
{Top Right} @lynne_ee
{Bottom Left} @pearliebirdy
{Bottom Right} @eradiva

500 followers

New Instagram Handle and Moderators for @craftastherpy

crochet food

The most delicious breakfast cooked up by @coachhousepictures

I am super excited to announce that #craftastherapy is heading in a new direction over on Instagram. There are many crafters now using the hashtag and it has grown beyond my expectations. It is definitely time to take it to the next level. I created the @craftastherapy Instagram handle a while ago just in case i ever needed it. I am so glad i did! With #craftastherapy images nudging 4000 (how exciting!) i’ve activated the account and invited some gorgoeus and kindhearted IG users to join me in moderating and running the @craftastherapy feed. Yay!

crafts, crochet, basket weaving

Top Left – @samjaynestreet
Top Right – @botondeflor
Bottom Left – @sairsparrow
Bottom Right – @mysurburbanfarm

Over the upcoming weeks each moderator will take over the account and choose features and inspirational words to share. First up is the fabulous @queen_babs, Jane from Sydney. She’s been doing a great job so far and i look forward to sharing her features with you next week. If you’re keen to be involved, it is really simple to join in. Does craft make you happy? Relieve stress? Distract you from illness? Then tag your IG images with #craftastherapy. :)

crochet blankets, rounds, pot holders

Top Left – @berna_li_
Top Right – @marretjeroos
Bottom Left – @tiedwitharibbon
Bottom Right – @littlewoollie

Until next week, please enjoy these gorgeous feature grids that grace the feed of @craftastherapy.

crochet, doilies, blankets

Top Left – @nandi_90
Top Right – @smilewithsade
Bottom Left – @melissascrochetco
Bottom Right – @vanessakind

yarn crafts

Top Left – @photolgafotos
Top Right – @rarepearstudio
Bottom Left – @ceyhan65
Bottom Right – @justjoyceaustralia

craft as therapy

Clever Crafters –
Top Left – @madewithloops
Top Right – @angie_whimsyfamtwine
Bottom Left – @patchmania
Bottom Right – @perchesinthesoul