It has been such a fun week or so getting re-inspired by all things crochet in 2016. We’ve reviewed crochet art, books, designers, fashion, health, news, patterns, tips and tutorials. Now let’s look back at the creativity exercises I published this year, mostly as part of my Hook to Heal book.
Mary is a college instructor, writer, mother and grandmother who learned to crochet from her own grandmother, something she remembers every time she looks at her favorite crochet hook sitting on her desk. When she holds it, it’s almost as though it speaks to her.
This is an interview with Bonnie Hart, a crocheter who learned the craft from her mother, has passed it on to her grandson and finds that it is her go-to place for both relaxation and creativity. She says, “The number one reason that I crochet is the inner peace and contentment that I glean from it”.
Tanya Chin, who can be found on Instagram @love2loop, describes herself there beautifully as a “soft yet resilient” crocheter, fiber artist, feminist and spirit junkie. She has been crocheting for about three years and says, “I’m just as passionate about it and about the benefits of it as ever. Wool and colour are my passion!”
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.”
Elevate simple crochet work into art by framing it for display in your home. This is an exercise in honoring the importance of your own creative self-expression – even if “all” you are making is granny squares!
Sara shares her crochet health story in her own articulate language and then answers a few additional questions about her life in crochet.