What is that unique feeling that goes hand-in-hand with making something from scratch?
Do you ever wonder where the time goes when you're lost in drawing or working with clay?
Are you happiest when you're sewing or knitting?
Craft enthusiasts are no doubt already aware of the joys of making and the frustration when you must put aside your project and go back to your day job or to less enticing tasks around the house. But there is more to crafting than the simple enjoyment of a creative hobby.
Drawing on the first-hand accounts from everyday crafters, Craftfulness considers the vital well-being effects to be gained from the simple expression of your creativity, and investigates the soul cleansing and stress-relieving benefits of making things by hand.
An all-you-need-to-know friendly guide to inspire you to give making a go, Craftfulness:
- explores the science of creativity and the authors' down-to-earth craft ethos, as well as why everyone should develop a craft habit;
- suggests ways to make time in a hectic life for everyday creative work;
- considers how we can try to overcome self-criticism and lack of confidence;
- features simple but immensely satisfying craft projects to still the mind and soothe the soul, complete with beautifully illustrated step-by-step instructions.
To read Craftfulness is the first step on the path to leading a happier, healthier, more satisfying and fulfilling life.
Rosemary Davidson has worked as a publicist and editor at Bloomsbury and Vintage, Random House where she launched the Square Peg imprint in 2008. Taught by her Glaswegian seamstress grandmother, she started to make her own clothes as a teenager. She continues to sew and knit and has recently added pottery to her craft activities. She lives in Hackney and doesn't like curtains, can't drive a car or use a drill. And she can't crochet or felt either. But she's willing to learn.
Arzu Tahsin has worked in publishing for over twenty-five years, beginning her career as a temp at Virago and going on to edit and publish outstanding authors such as Khaled Hosseini and Malala Yousafzai. She cannot remember a time she was not working on one craft project or another. From Japanese woodblock printmaking to bookbinding to simple weaving, she has found it hard to focus on a single craft, and feels all the better for it.