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Zen and the Art of Crochet

by Frankie Wythe on 09 July 2018 07:48

If you google mental health + sewing or creative crafts you will be overwhelmed by the volume of search results you get.

I read the following piece on line just yesterday -

Prescribing knitting could save the NHS millions of pounds, a new report suggests, because it lowers blood pressure, reduces depression and slows the onset of dementia.

The organisation Knit for Peace carried out a widespread literature review looking at the health benefits of the traditional craft after receiving testimonials from their 15,000 volunteers about how the hobby had improved their lives.

They discovered that knitting is as relaxing as yoga, distracts from chronic pain, such as arthritis, boosts wellbeing, brings down blood pressure and keeps the mind sharp.

It also reduces loneliness and isolation and allows older people to feel as if they are still useful to society.

In Britain, the NHS spends more than £2 billion each year on blood pressure treatments, and around £300 million on antidepressants. Dementia costs the country £26 billion while the health service spends billions annually tackling chronic pain.

I have found that focusing on a completely separate activity – whether its wool based – knitting or crochet, or fabric based – sewing or dressmaking, or other creative activities - painting drawing or glass works, helps me to switch off work and enjoy the life outside work more fully. 

The British Heart Foundation are have also been looking at sewing skills in this country

Around six in ten (57%) Brits say that sewing is a skill that is being lost in today’s generation, with half of Brits (50%) having to ask their mothers to help fix their clothes.

These surprising statistics were released on National Sewing Machine Day (Tuesday 13 June) by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for its Big Stitch Campaign.

Taking place throughout July, The Big Stitch encourages consumers to pop into a BHF shop, buy an item(s) and inject their own fashion flair to it to help fund life saving research into heart disease.

Take a look at their web site,, and see what you can create, helping your own wellbeing and supporting the BHF in its work. 

Let us see what you have created, and enter the BHF competition – you might just find you enjoy sewing and other creative crafts and feel better about yourself as well.

Frankie Wythe

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