Mindful crafting

Mindful Crochet Potholders


I needed an easy crochet project for mindful crafting! And I found it. I made two potholders.
The potholder above was inspired on the mandala pattern and tutorial from Winkieflash's blog: http://winkieflash.nl/2012/11/12/free-pattern-mandala/

She shows excellent how she gets an invisible ending of a circle! So easy and such a beautiful result.

I crocheted two mandala's, and crocheted them together to get an nice thick potholder.

The other potholder I crocheted came from http://appleblossomdreams.blogspot.nl/2013/01/stash-buster-6-rainbow-of-dishclothes.html

At first I had some trouble with the beginning and the end of the row. It had to be done in another way than I was used to. But I soon figured out how it had to be done in this pattern. Also a very mindful project.



Crafting for health: Kathryn Vercillo’s book ‘Crochet saved my life.’

Do you know anyone who is depressed, has MS, arthritis, or any other mental, physical or chronic illness?

In this post I want to draw your attention to a book about the benefits of crafting for your own health. I’m reading it now and it gave me so much food for thought, and even more, food for my hands! I’m crafting more than ever.
I was not aware of the fact that there had been a lot of research about the benefits of crafting. This made me very aware of the importance for me. I survived several depressions, and off and on I have to fight a big battle when it recurs. Crafting helps me. This book helps me.

Here you can read a book review that gives a good idea about the book:

“The book opens with Kathryn’s own battle with depression, and continues with one gripping and amazing story after another of despair and relief through crocheting. The book is also chock-full of scientific research, and it’s immediately obvious to anyone reading it that the message reaches far beyond crocheting: crafting, particularly tactile and engaging crafting, does wonders for the spirit. Grab this book if you’re stressed/anxious/depressed and are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. Read it for inspiration from powerful women who have turned their lives around. If you have a friend/relative struggling with mental illness, read it as a way to gain insight into their experience- as Kathryn has a gift for putting into words ideas that usually remain hiding in the back of peoples’ minds. You might even want to read what’s inside this book so you’ll have an excuse for squeezing in more crocheting!” – Stacey Trock of FreshStitches



Read more about the book: http://crochetsavedmylife.kathrynvercillo.com

The author of ‘Crochet saved my life’ is now writing her second book ‘Hook to heal’. You can read more about it here: http://www.indiegogo.com/crochetconcupiscence.

Hazel Hall, poet and needleworker.


Hazel Hall, 1886-1924, USA.


Needle, you make me remember things…
A path through a wood that ran like wine,
A turn, and the bubbling smell that clings
Close as breath to the lips of springs
Where the sun is sprinkled fine.

Needle, you have a path to run
Where never the boughs of trees have met
And never has seeped the rain of the sun;
But long is the way you have just begun…
Needle, you make me forget.”

Source: The Collected Poems of Hazel Hall. OSU Press, 2000, Oregon, USA.

I’ld like to share this poem because it shows how I feel about my needlework. I discovered the work of Hazel Hall a few years ago, and bought her book with collected poems. She wrote a lot of poems about her work as a seamstress an needlework.
Poems with this quality about needlework are so rare.
In the future I will share more poems of Hazel Hall on this blog.

If you would like to know more about her:

Embroidery Paisley


This was a very mindful craftproject for me. Even though I did not know what mindful was at that time. I called it meditative needlework (which is the same 😉 ) .
The inspiration came from a magazine ‘Flow’ with colouring picture for grown-ups.
The repetitive movements of my hands, was very relaxing for me.
I had to work slowly because I wanted it to be precise.
I made this in 2009.