Hook to Heal is my newest crochet book featuring 100 creativity exercises designed to help you expand your inner and outer worlds through crochet. Today I’d like to share with you some of the exercises in the book so that you can get a sense of what you’ll find inside! (Just follow the links to find the full exercises, most of which I’ve posted on About.com Crochet and some that other folks have generously posted on their blogs.)
Before I do that, I wanted to share this beautiful, wonderful review, which is the first review for the book on Amazon. It comes from author Francies Pauli:
“An inspiring journey into crochet, art and spirit all rolled into one. Hook to Heal is not only an engrossing read, it’s a study in healing, growth and fulfillment as an artist: a workbook, a handbook, a resource to keep close at hand and refer to again and again. Whether you want to take your craft to the next level,or are looking for a way to use your craft to uplift, heal and deepen, this is the book to have, to share, and to treasure.”
If you’ve already gotten your copy and you like what you see, Amazon reviews are a great way to support the work. Please take a moment to leave your thoughts on Amazon!
Crochet for Self-Care
One of the chapters in Hook to Heal is about self-care and building self-esteem through affirmations and other creativity exercises based around crochet.
One critical part of self-care is learning how to identify and meet your own needs. Here is the full crochet exercise for making something that you need!
Sleep hygiene is a specific good part of self-care and there’s another exercise specifically for crochet as part of your sleep routine.
Crochet for Relationships
Crochet can also be used to strengthen, improve and appreciate your relationships. This crochet exercise is for re-creating a favorite memory in crochet.
Crochet for Balance
There are many different types of exercises in this book, some that seem to contradict each other, but that’s because we all need different things at different times in our lives. What we often need most is BALANCE so there’s an entire chapter on that. Find one exercise on crocheting stone paperweights over at ACCROchet.
Crochet for Letting Go
One of the early chapters in the book is about letting go – of fears, of expectations, of bad habits, of self-criticism … One of the crochet exercises is about being a beginner again, going back to the joy of learning something new.
Before getting into any of these other exercises, I suggest practicing mindfulness crochet, and I include a series of exercises for that. Some of them were previously published in Crochet Saved My Life. Others are brand new. You can find the Increased Breathing Triangle meditation published in full on Made with Loops.
You can also find some additional info about Hook to Heal online:
- Interview with the author
- Hook to Heal is mentioned in a really, really beautiful post by Ellen called How Crochet Became My Saving Grace.
- Cami did a great post on Crochet Spot about “crocheting mandalas as moving meditation” that mentions the Mandalas for Marinke project and is exactly in line with what Hook to Heal is all about even though it’s not a post specifically about this book.