Tuesday, 26 July 2016
I've believed for a long time that hobbies are not only something you do for pleasure but they can also improve the quality of your life. I first heard of Betsan Corkhill through her book, Knit for Health & Wellness, and I'm pleased to see that she's now released a new book about another hobby I enjoy titled Crochet Therapy which is published by Apple Press. I was asked to review this book on my blog and I jumped at the chance.
The book is set out in three chapters, the first one dealing with Crochet as Therapy and explains how craft can be used to achieve a more balanced and mindful life. It explains what mindfulness is, how the exercises work and provides some Basic Exercises.
Chapter two is all about The Projects. The chapter is split up in to different moods, Calm, Energy, Relax, Explore, Refresh, Dream, Focus, Persevere, Find Joy and Friendship. There are exercises provided for each of these headings followed by some wonderful projects and feel-good tips.
The final chapter deals with Techniques and is a great addition to the book, especially for those people who are new to crochet or need a little help getting started.
I think the idea of the book is quite unique, promoting mindfulness, providing therapeutic exercises and then suggesting a project to further enhance that particular exercise, I've never come across a book quite like it before.
As for the projects, well, there's something for everyone. None of them seem particularly difficult, I'd feel confident tackling each and every one and I've already picked out a few which I'd like to have a go at.
I'd definitely recommend this book, it would appeal to those people who are interested in craft as therapy or who already practice mindfulness and want to combine this with craft. I'd also recommend the book to people who are new to crochet and would like some fairly easy projects to have a go at, whether you want to follow the therapy part of the book or not.
I received a copy of this book to review, however, all opinions expressed are my own. The book retails for £12.99 and can be purchased direct from Quarto.