We all know that crafting it trendy right now. Whether it’s turning something that would be trash into something new and usable, making wearables instead of buying them, creating items to express your personality, or just finding a fun activity for a rainy day, creative arts involving quilting, embroidering and other sorts of thread or yarn crafts have never been more popular. The great thing for those who do those activities, whether it’s for business or fun or a combination of the two, is that crafting has been shown to have a lot of benefits beyond resulting in a beautiful finished project.
One big benefit of crafting is reducing stress. The repetitive motions required by some crafting projects induce a state that’s almost like meditation. Activities like knitting have been shown to help people with anxiety disorders cope with their anxiety issues. Just taking the time to focus on a project and relax can have huge benefits when it comes to lessening stress levels. Reduced stress leads to lower blood pressure, better sleep, a reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes and a greater quality of life.
Creating things, whether it’s through using a craft kit or making your own design from scratch has also been shown to improve mental function and head off age-related mental decline. Studies have shown that people who do activities, crafting among them, that keep their minds active have a much better chance of avoiding problems like dementia, loss of memory or cerebral atrophy. Crafting provides challenges to the brain and keeps the neural pathways stimulated. One clinical trial showed that the benefits of activities like crafting can last up to 10 years.
Working on a crafting project also has mood elevating benefits, and can help those who are dealing with depression. Crafting stimulates the reward center in the human brain, causing it to release dopamine, a natural mood elevator. There is pleasure in the process of creating and then pleasure in seeing the finished project displayed or worn. Obviously, crafting is not a substitute for therapy or medication if the problem is on-going, but it can be a part of a concentrated program of treatment. For those who are simply having a blue mood or a bad day, crafting can help brighten things and provide focus and a sense of accomplishment.
Crafting also has a wide variety of social benefits. People who quilt or knit or hand embroider often meeting in circles or guilds to share their work and offer tips and help to each other. There are Facebook groups for things like quilting, knitting and embroidery. Local quilt shops or yarn shops often offer classes where crafters can meet others who enjoy the same activities. Crafting also offer a way to be social to those who might be more introverted or uncomfortable in a social setting. Doing a craft offers a point of commonality and an easy way to interact with others.
If you’re interested in gaining some of the benefits of crafting for yourself, we can help. Check out our Pinterest boards for craft tutorials and ideas for crafting projects. For those who want a project they can complete in a few hours, our Pretty Twisted Craft Kits are a great option. Finally, if you’re looking for supplies for machine embroidery, hand embroidery or crochet, you can find those on our site as well.