My lovely, supremely talented friend Di, of Story Skeins, is running a read-a-long of Hook to Heal by Kathryn Vercillo who writes the blog Crochet Concupiscence. The title of the book got me interested at once. I have my own ongoing issues with anxiety and panic, which whilst not directly connected to my work, can have a huge effect on my creativity (especially that audience of haters in my head!), so I am very much committed to exploring ways to support my mental health. I always find crochet to be the most relaxing of all the stitching I do, and so was very attracted and intrigued by the idea the connection that Vercillo has made between crochet, creativity, mindfulness and spiritual exploration, so thought I would try and read along with the group on Facebook.
It’s a big commitment to follow the journey as outlined in the book, and it feels a little daunting. Vercillo suggests an hour a day, although there is flexibility in that, which I will no doubt take advantage of. On the other hand, I have learned the hard way that devoting time to my spiritual wellbeing is essential and has to be a daily discipline, so maybe an hour isn’t too much to ask.
In preparation for the beginning of the read-a-long on Monday, I got started with the introduction to the book today. It chimes so well with what I believe about creativity – I loved this bit in the introduction:
I believe that when we fail to become our fullest creative selves, the world loses out. And I believe that when we denigrate or dismiss our creative abilities, when we are too scared to call ourselves artists and too timid to carve out time to intentionally create, that we are doing damage to the world around us because we are not giving it our maximum potential … I believe that the only way to be our best selves is to take the time to understand our own inner experience and then to express that through creativity.
Kathryn Vercillo, Hook to Heal
So much wisdom there! And it feels especially pertinent to me just now having just made a financial commitment to myself as an artist. So I’m really looking forward to the journey. As part of the process, I have promised myself that I will try and blog about the experience once a week, so here’s a public promise too… I’d love to chat more with you readers out there about your thoughts on creativity, healing, mental health, spiritual stuff – I hope you find my updates interesting.
From the spiritual to the material…. It’s a busy weekend for my sponsors so I wanted to share a couple of things.
At Black Sheep Wools there is 10% off all Riley Blake fabrics with the code RB10. Personally I love all the prints in the Fancy and Fabulous collection (possibly because those are two of my favourite words!), especially this cool vintage pattern print (how I love text fabrics!) and the lovely midcentury colours on the print called Confetti:
There’s also some spectacularly cool What Delilah Did cross stitch kits at spectacularly fab prices (nearly half price!) – this is my favourite:
And it is still definitely the weather for curling up on a cosy sofa with some cross stitch, isn’t it!
Have a great bank holiday weekend if you are a UK reader… let’s keep our fingers crossed that the snow/hail/torrential rain/tornadoes (yes, we had one just round the corner!) let up!