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crochet survey

A new crochet health survey has been launched to study how crochet heals people. This is a 27-question survey (mostly multiple choice) designed to gather detailed information about the physical and mental health issues that are helped through crochet work and to what degree the craft is helpful. The survey is produced by Kathryn Vercillo, an expert in the topic of healing through crochet.

Kathryn Vercillo is the author of Crochet Saved My Life, a book about the craft’s health benefits. In the book she shares her own story of crocheting to heal from chronic depression. She also interviews two dozen other women who share their stories of hooking to heal. In addition, she aggregates the available research into crafting to heal.

Several formal studies have been conducted that show crochet to be healing. The new study is designed to add to the available information on this topic. One unique thing about it is that the study focuses specifically on crochet as opposed to lumping it in with other crafts. Another unique feature is that it goes beyond asking the question “does crochet help?” (because we know that it does) and explores how it helps, to what extent and for what symptoms.

Kathryn Vercillo will do an in-depth analysis of the results of this study. She will use that information to publish a full report on the health benefits of crafting. She will also use the information in future publications and it will serve as the foundation for continued research into this important topic.

A survey like this has the potential to lead to a number of benefits including:

  • Credibility to get crochet into more settings including hospitals, recovery centers, in-patient therapy groups, prisons and schools
  • Information that can be given to doctors and therapists to help them understand how crochet can heal
  • Help for individuals who want to learn how crochet can help them heal
  • Lays the groundwork for additional research opportunities into the topic

You can help support the craft of crochet by contributing your response to this new survey. The survey is available at

You are welcome to publish this press release in full or in part as long as it references Kathryn Vercillo and links directly to the survey. Queries can be directed to Kathryn Vercillo, who can be reached through her blog, Crochet Concupiscence, or via email at kathryn.vercillo (on gmail).


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  2. West Coast Leslie Reply

    Thanks so much for this. I took the survey and will be sharing it on my blog!

  3. CrochetBlogger Reply

    @West Coast Leslie Thanks so very, very much for your support!!

  4. Natalia Kononova Reply

    I posted it in my crochet groups on Facebook and Google+. Hopefully people respond. :) But summer is a dead time for this kind of activity. Good luck with your work!

  5. CrochetBlogger Reply

    Natalia Kononova Thanks. I’ve actually already had a terrific response to the survey and all of the support really helps! I appreciate it.

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  14. RecycleCindy Reply

    I love that you are studying the benefits and healthful ways crocheting can help a person. I have found crocheting to be very useful in dealing with cancer and going through chemo treatments.

  15. CrochetBlogger Reply

    RecycleCindy Thanks for participating. I am so glad to hear that you’ve found crochet to be helpful during chemo treatment. I can definitely understand why!

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  17. Crochet saved my life too. My only son went missing and we found he had died August 2012. I stayed in my bed with my crochet supplies next to me. All I could do was crochet, crochet and crochet. It really helped me not bury myself under the covers. Yes, crochet was a big part of helping me get back on my feet again. ~ Brenda

  18. CrochetBlogger Reply

    henbren I am so sorry to hear about what you went through and so glad you found crochet to comfort you through the worst of that difficult time. Many hugs to you.

  19. FrancoiseHolaind Reply

    je suis tout a fait d accord le crochet apporte beaucoup non seulement la créativiter mais en plus une plénitude ”calme et détente et des moments que l ont peu partager en groupe et ou il y a dialogue sa ne peu etre que bénéfique a tous c superrr

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  25. Just recently i have taken up crotcheting but never realused this could be the one thing helping me smile and be happy again. I have not felt so relaxed. I am going to contunue crocheting

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