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Weaving: This Most Ancient Craft is Part of Being Human

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Weaving: This Most Ancient Craft is Part of Being Human

Did you know that weaving is most likely the oldest craft tradition known to humankind? Archaeological evidence indicates that weaving has been around for at least 20,000 years. Weaving materials to create fencing, nets, sandals, baskets, and textiles has been part of our human heritage for many hundreds of generations. Even braiding hair is a form of weaving! Perhaps this is why the simple act of weaving- stitching over and under and over and under- can be such a meditative and deeply satisfying process, producing a flow state and a respite from the busyness of the day.  In fact, weaving is so...

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Crafting Is Good For Your Health

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Crafting Is Good For Your Health

According to studies conducted by the University College and members of the Crafts Council and Museums Association in the UK, engaging in arts and crafts can alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and loneliness, lowers inflammation and stress hormones such as cortisol in the body, and may even protect against dementia.  In a related article published by Mind Body Green neuroscientist Betsan Corkhill surveyed more than 3,500 knitters on the therapeutic benefits of crafting. More than half of the respondents reported feeling happier, more relaxed, and more creative after knitting, similar to the benefits of other mindfulness practices. Frequent crafters say...

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