Lather, Rinse, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

So What Do I Mean By Repetitive Crafts?


Basically any craft activity that has repetitive actions/steps which help you relax, zone out yet remain focused and occupied.
 

Learning a craft in and of itself is rewarding.

You get a huge sense of satisfaction from having created something useful and beautiful which is a

great confidence booster to start with.  There is nothing quite like the sense of pride and accomplishment you feel.

Here Are Some of My Favourites - 

Colorful Knitted Print

Crochet & Knitting

There's something about the rhythmic clicking of the knitting needles which is very comforting.

 

And crochet is something that's easily portable, making it the perfect portable stress-busting project.

Both types of needlecraft are easy to learn and you have the option of using just basic stitches (for when you want something simple) or when you are in the mood for something a little more complex, a more complicated pattern can be worked on.

 

Favourite designers include - Kaffe Fassett, Carol Milne and Arline Fisch

Embroidery

Cross Stitch, Embroidery

& Needlepoint

There are plenty of different stitches you can learn but you can also create beautiful work using different colours without changing your stitch type.

Using rows of repeat stitches can be a lovely way of sitting quietly with your thoughts.

There is a great need for accuracy and neatness so this can be a wonderful way of keeping yourself occupied.

Designers include - Kathleen Laurel Sage, Kaffe Fassett, Jenny Hart and Agnes Herczeg.

The Victoria and Albert museum in London also has a wide collection of textiles.

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Doodle Drawing

I’ve heard this described as ‘taking a line for a walk across a page.’ 


I describe it as having a similarity to free writing where you don’t focus on what you are putting down on paper, you just let it flow out of you. 

When doing this activity with my students I ask them to divide their page into random segments and then use colour &/or line to create patterns in each segment.

We often incorporate words into our work too which is fun.

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Origami & Paper Folding

Origami is great for many different reasons, helping to develop:

  • Good hand-eye co-ordination.

  • Fine motor skills

  • Mental concentration

The concentration needed to create neat and sometimes complicated folds can be very mind consuming, letting us lose ourselves in the process.

Favourites designers include - Robert Lang, Akira Yoshizawa, Satoshi Kamiya, Eric Joisel, Lillian Oppenheimer and Polly Verity.

Pottery and Craft

​Pottery

Moulding and shaping clay can be a very calming and satisfying way to spend your time. It has the added benefit of taking out all your stress by pummeling a lump of clay!


There are bound to be ceramics courses in your local area where you can have a go. Check out local authority centres and colleges who usually run these kind of vocational courses. If you can’t make it to any local courses, air dry clay is readily available from craft stores. 

Favourite designers include - Halima Cassell, Eric Landon, Ai Weiwei and Grayson Perry

Also check out the 'Porcelain Capital' of the world Jingdezhen in the Chinese province of Jiangxi.

Quilting

Patchwork & Quilting

The idea of piecing fabric together, making something new and beautiful really mirrors our need for creating the new out of the old - of rebirth in a way.

 

Quilting and patchwork groups are popular which means this can often be a social hobby. Spending time with others, gently stitching and chatting can be a wonderful, relaxing way of connecting with others.

The qualities of focus, attention and precision are paramount.

Learning how to pick fabric, deciding on colours, using a sewing machine and working as a group can bring so much self confidence and uplift the spirit.

particularly love these stitching techniques used in a more artistic, painterly way.

Favourites designers include - Kaffe Fassett, Annette Morgan, Bisa ButlerAi Kijima, Jack Edson and Nancy Crow.

The Victoria and Albert museum in London also has a wide collection of textiles.

So Why Are Repetitive Crafts Important?

What Is It About Them That Is So Beneficial?

Repetitive crafts are important as they keep you concentrating on what you are doing

rather than stressing out about things you cannot control.

Some do allow your mind to wander but I find this useful as I'm able to think things over in my mind whilst working

When under stress - the fight or flight mode - our bodies naturally make nervous repetitve motions

in an effort to calm ourselves down. For some people it's bouncing their leg up and down, others

tap or click their fingers, crack their knuckles, twirl their hair etc. I'm an annoying pen tapper myself.

 

So if we make a conscious effort to exchange these repetitive actions with ones of a more creative nature, over time

we will have developed a way to deal with our anxiety in a more constructive, positive way.