Crochet is been known as a craft for very many years. It seems to almost disappear at times but something always brings it back in. The number of people who can crochet may get smaller, but never seems to totally vanish… And so the crochet skill lives on… It seems to be regularly moving along the scale of popularity from everyone wanting to learn to being almost forgotten, tucked away somewhere in the loft.
So what is it that this ancient craft has that keeps us rediscover it at different times in out lives? Presumably it is not just fashion that brings it back… There is lot of evidence for crochet and health to be directly interconnected, about which you can find out more HERE. Instead of preaching, i will tell you how crochet has helped me in the past and what it means for me…
Continue on to read my crochet origins story:
Crochet Origin Story
Ever since graduating in 2008 i have been unsure where to take my art degree and how to use it and integrate it into my everyday life. I crocheted myself through my course drawing on my family connections through the craft and translating these into all sorts of installations and projects, which you can find referenced HERE and also HERE. Not sure if i had mentioned how i originally learned, so forgive me if i am repeating myself.
It was my grandmother who originally taught me to crochet flowers when i was about 8 or 9. I remember making a bunch of white wooly flowers, which i enjoyed making, but my nan was more of a doily maker rather than crochet granny square blanket type, so that is kind of where it ended for me for a while. i have knitted a lot more, things like hats and scarves and clothes for dolls. Knitting i have always found very restricting and therefore the two feeble attempts at making a full size person’s jumper ended up unfinished, stashed away somewhere together with the wool. Until i picked it up again at university, mostly because it was so portable and i could crochet at home in my own space and time…
After finishing my Visual Arts Degree and whilst considering all the possibilities, i found that i could never leave it alone for long. i have explored many avenues, but the one thing which was constant in my creative endeavors over the years was crochet.
A crochet blanket for a present here, a crochet teddy bear for a keep sakes there, it really didn’t matter what i was making or whether i had a recipient in mind at the start of the creative crochet project.. It was the repetition which brought on relaxation and helped immensely to occupy my hands with something to do so i can free my mind and relax. It helped me deal with anything that may have been challenging. It also gave me a sense of achievement that only a creative process can give. Knowing and realizing all this from my own experience and increasingly finding information and stories about other people with similar experiences, it is this feeling of relaxation and relief that i cherished and would like to share with others…
CROCHET is HEALING!
If you fancy trying a new relaxation technique, work with people who could benefit from some crochet magic or if you are interested in sharing your experiences with crochet please do not hesitate to do so on the GET INVOLVED page of this website where you can leave your own comments and stories.
I am fully DBS checked and offer workshops in Timperley, South Manchester and Trafford Area. See below for list of workshops currently available (please note workshops are subject to availability and minimum numbers of participants):