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.
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 –
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 –
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.
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.
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 –
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.
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.
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 –
Please feel welcome to join in the fun over on Instagram. All you need to do is tag your crafty images with #craftastherapy.
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 –
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!
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.
Until next week, please enjoy these gorgeous feature grids that grace the feed of @craftastherapy.