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.”
I’ve been enjoying watching Creators of Tomorrow, a ten episode documentary show available on Vimeo that follows the journeys of three social enterprises that are trying to better the world. Specifically, I’ve been interested in the story of Haiti Babi, a fair trade knit and crochet organization started by two Seattle women that employs mothers in Haiti to help keep their children out of orphanages.
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.
It was over one year ago that I launched the Mandalas for Marinke project to honor the work and life of Marinke Slump from A Creative Being and to raise awareness about depression and mental health issues. As of yesterday, all of the individual submissions have been posted.
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.”