This is my Crown.
I love working with textiles. Sewing was one of the first crafts I fell in love with. The idea of turning something flat into something with shape and dimension fascinated my young brain.
Textiles are one of my favorite mediums to work with. Not only does it give me the opportunity to wear the things I make, but working with textiles is one of the great activities that activated both sides of your brain. Textiles are often used in Art Therapy for a variety of reasons, including the sensory experiences that come with working with soft and malleable mediums.
Textiles and other crafts keep hands busy. The rhythmic pattern of weaving, crocheting, knitting, sewing, etc. are incredibly soothing activities. It is also a great way to connect with traditional art forms. But nothing beats the satisfaction or feeling of accomplishment when you’ve completed a project that you have worked on.
Textiles make excellent gifts. A knitted wool scarf you made for a friend or a hat you’re made for a friend. Hand-made gifts are often cherished and forever connect the maker and wearer.
When you make something that you can wear you are adorning yourself. Like highlighting the important teachings from a textbook, handmade clothes and accessories not only showcase my crafting skills, they make me feel beautiful and special. Although we don’t necessarily need one-of-a-kind clothes and accessories to know that we are special, although it sure does help.