Cynthia Maddox was a multicrafter for many years. She learned to crochet in her twenties but focused mostly on sewing. Then after her husband died she rediscovered crochet and found that it helped her with the grief she was going through. She has also found that crochet helps her with the pain, brain fog and other difficult symptoms of fibromyalgia and RA. She shares her story in this interview.
Donna shares, “I think all of my handmade gifts have a spirituality about them. I put so much into them. Having undergone psychiatric and psychological counseling, mindfulness has been a big part of my treatment. I found the times I crocheted were a natural vehicle for mindfulness.”
In this video, Rev. Ian W. Riddell talks about the benefits of yarn crafting and how knitting is a form of prayer for him.
Sara shares her crochet health story in her own articulate language and then answers a few additional questions about her life in crochet.
Leanne writes, “I am also someone who suffers from depression. My crochet hook is my weapon in my battle against this illness. Stitch by stitch I’m taking back my life.”
This contribution to the Mandalas for Marinke remembrance project comes from Josephine whose crochet mandala is her own original design.
Marion of MBLDesigns writes, “I am sending you some little mandalas along with an angel and a butterfly. I do a lot of wedding alterations and give all my brides a butterfly as a symbol of new life and hope.”