Top five tips for mindful crafting
- Read time: 5 minutes
- Written by: Crafters
The Christmas festivities have come to an end and we’re looking positively into a new year, but we know that this can often be a difficult time for some. Whether you’re returning to work, trying to get back into a routine or just fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions, crafting can really take your mind off the pressures of daily life.
Keep it cheerful this Blue Monday with our top five tips to craft your way through.
1. Get creative and colourful with Spectrum Noir
Colouring isn’t just for kids. In fact, there’s been a huge surge in the adult colouring trend over the past few years and it’s no surprise!
It’s been said that colouring can be massively beneficial for mental health and to those looking to practise mindfulness, as it relaxes your brain by making you concentrate on one thing and can even put you into a meditative state.
Here at Crafter’s Companion, we have a wide range of colouring books and pads, with both intricate and simple designs. You’re guaranteed to find one that you love!
If you’re a beginner colourist, we’d recommend taking a look at the Violet Studio Dual Tip Pens. Offering both a fine and thick nib, these pens offer excellent control and are perfect for colouring and hand lettering.
Looking to develop artistic, seamless blended effects with your colouring? Check out the Spectrum Noir range which includes high quality alcohol markers and watercolour mediums that can take your colouring to the next level! Not sure where to start? Check out our colouring guide here
2. Host a Crafternoon
What’s better than an afternoon filled with crafts and chatter? Helping others whilst you do it!
Mental health charity Mind have hosted Crafternoons for 6 years, where thousands of people across the UK would host afternoon events either online or at home, in a cafe or another venue, get crafty and raise money for the charity at the same time.
In fact, in 2020 our very own Sara hosted a virtual crafternoon in the middle of the Covid19 pandemic to raise awareness of Mind whilst getting people crafting and connecting.
Why not host your own, get crafting and meet new people?
3. Create a mindfulness card
Sending someone a card to remind them that you’re thinking of them can be really rewarding, but even more so when it’s homemade.
Whether it’s a simple ‘thinking of you’ card or an inspirational quote to motivate someone this Blue Monday, we’ve got everything you need. From cardstock and paper to ink pads, pens, embellishments, metal dies and even motivational quote stamps, you can create a beautiful card that is as detailed as you want it to be.
Why not send a friend some ‘“flowers” inside an incredible pop-up card? You can find our step-by-step guide here.
4. Watch Crafter’s TV
Communicate with like-minded people on our very own digital channel; Crafter’s TV.
Did you know that we present three live shows every single day dedicated to all things craft? If you didn’t, you’re certainly in for a treat!
Join our friendly family of experts and presenters every day for new and exciting crafting products, live tutorials and inspiring demonstrations that just make you want to get crafty!
With live shows seven days a week you can craft along and shop the show via our website, as well as join our live chat on YouTube and Facebook to ask our experts questions and make new crafting friends!
We’re the only digital channel to offer 100% audience interaction from the beginning to the end of every show, so craft along with us and we’ll be with you every step of the way.
Don’t worry if you miss a show as every show is saved to the Crafter’s TV section of the website. You can even filter by show to find exactly what you’re looking for!
Find out how you can tune in here
5. Get quilting
We’ve everything that you need to get started here at Crafter’s Companion for making blankets, cushions, table runners and so much more whilst using up that ever-growing stash.
Whether you’re a seasoned quilting pro or looking to pick up a new hobby, quilting has been said to be a great help for your mental health due to its often repetitive movements and required concentration making you automatically relaxed and taking your mind off other things.
If you’re a quilting or patchwork beginner, head over to our beginner’s guide. We’ll talk you through every single step.