The Art of Crochet And Why I Practice It
What artful activity inspires creativity, relieves anxiety, and encourages a feeling of well-being while being entertaining and practical? Believe it or not, crocheting.
Crochet is described as the process of hooking yarn or thread to produce fabric. In its infancy, crochet was most likely done using fingers.
There are three theories to the source of crochet. Some think it had its beginning in Tibet and then moved to Spain and other Mediterranean countries of the time. Others believe it began in China.
Nobody knows for sure, though. It seems the origins of crochet are as elusive as they are mysterious. There are references to a chained fabric pattern from around 1580. This pattern was sewn into fabric as ornamental braids and those braids were joined producing a sort of laced cloth. In the Renaissance era, women crocheted several strands of thread to produce a fabric similar to the lacing found in crochet.
During the Irish potato famine nuns began teaching children how to crochet using bent needles. The lace they produced was sold in Europe and even exported to America. The income was instrumental in helping many Irish families survive the famine.
Crochet became elevated when Queen Victoria learned to crochet, and continues to evolve and develop now. Thread work gave way to crochet yarn along with the art of crochet exploded into almost anything, and into afghans, shawls, sweaters, booties, potholders, dolls the crafter could imagine.
The art of crochet became popular when Queen Victoria took on the hobby and continues to evolve today. From thread work came crochet yarn and people began creating many different items from potholders and shawls to booties and sweaters. Perhaps they even had some embarrassing Christmas sweaters from grandma.
The many reasons I enjoy crochet:
Crochet can be worked while traveling, viewing television, or carrying on a dialogue.
Crochet is mobile and could be taken anywhere.
It can improve your eye muscle tone.
Is an inexpensive method to produce clothing and decor along with presents.
The hobby offers a feeling of accomplishment when a project is finished.
Crochet offers a counterbalance to the strain of a high tech, fast paced lifestyle and can provide a sense of balance.
The rhythmic repetitive acts associated with crochet help manage and prevent melancholy, pain and stress, which in turn reinforces the body’s immune system.
Needlework, knitting, and crochet have proven successful in long-term pain management.
The calming persistent movement, along with the lovely yarn colors and textures work together to produce a comforting effect.
Many scientists believe the steady, rhythmic movements activate the same areas in the brain as yoga and meditation. Relaxation was shown to reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and assist in preventing sickness. Crochet and knitting possess a calming effect useful in treating anxiety, asthma, and panic attacks. The persistent movements have also been effective in the management of disruptive behavior and ADHD in children.
In a four-year study finishing in 2009, physiotherapist Betsan Corkhill established a collaborative study with scientists at several universities on the role of crochet in health and gathered evidence. According to pain specialists, the action of insistent movement while crocheting decreases anxiety hormones, changes brain chemistry and increasing the feel-good hormones, serotonin and dopamine.
Satisfaction and also a sense of achievement combine together with the conclusion of the project. Crochet is a simple, affordable method to enrich one’s life and give you better health at the same time.