Louise Smith - 24th April 2019 Louise is an Occupational Therapist in the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust How many times have your work colleagues said 'Let's get together for a 'crafty 'evening soon!’ And then times goes on, life goes on ....and it just doesn't happen. That was us, a small rural based NHS employed … Continue reading Powercraft: lunch-time craft session for staff
- Christy Grace Collins, March 16th 2019 When I learned to knit at the age of six, I had no idea it would become an important therapy later in life. I just loved it. Six concussions later (from figure skating) and a slew of post concussive symptoms ranging from slurring my words, losing my balance, … Continue reading Knitting My Mind Back Together
Exploring the messy realities of using crafting to soften the hard edges of technology
A look at the weird and wonderful academic articles that have been published about knitting.
Can touch have a positive effect on your emotional state? Scientists have wondered this since 1895...
Emma writes about knitting in the pub and solo-crafting, and how they might promote wellbeing.
– By Anne Ferrey When we started the Yarnfulness Project, our goal was to find hard evidence on the effect of crochet/knitting/crafting on well-being. In researching this, we’ve tended to think about the benefits of crafting as if they would be similar for everyone – despite individual differences, we have been thinking about crafters as … Continue reading Projects: Process vs. Product
On using public input to change our research plan, and getting back to basics.
- Lucy Sutcliffe Lucy Sutcliffe is an artist, designer, maker, and textiles teacher, having studied for a BA in Textiles at Goldsmiths University. Her work uses a combination of mixed media, print and stitch, taking inspiration from vintage materials and postcards. She has written for us about her experiences with craft and wellbeing. As a … Continue reading My vessel of escapism
Knitting on and off the slopes was popular with athletes as a way of relaxing. We wonder why that might be.