"“Embroidery is brilliant for depression because it allows you to have something to show for your time. So even though it could be small, when you hold something in your hand that you have made it is a symbol of value. It says ‘you have value’. It says ‘this is something I have made’.
Emma Kenny - TV Psychologist and Presenter
"In our social media age, as we become more physically distanced from each other, sewing is a safeguard to isolation, a way to stay in touch with each other: hand and mind working in harmony to convey what lies in our hearts. For me and others, it sustains not just a sense of self but of belonging."
Clare Hunter - Threads of Life: a History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
"The physical act of stitching also means we cannot dither around online, being sucked into social media rabbit holes. Nor are we watching television. This screen-free time is immensely important to our sense of wellbeing. When we employ mindful stitching, we are also making time for ourselves. This is crucial, especially for the perpetually busy."
Laura Turnbull - The Crewel Work Company
Even the briefest time spent being creative has a positve impact on our wellbeing and emotions.
Studies have shown that partaking in crafts aids wellbeing:
- reducing cortisol levels in the blood
- engaging the reward centre in the brain
- giving one the space to contemplate one’s thoughts without being overwhelmed.
- learning new skills boosts self esteem
- creates new neural pathways, thus helping brain health.