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Thinking of Hosting a Crafting Party? Here Are 7 Things Every Craft Party Host Should Consider

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Thinking of Hosting a Crafting Party? Here Are 7 Things Every Craft Party Host Should Consider

1. Invite friends who like to craft! 4-6 people is a good number in terms of space for crafting, but ultimately, it’s up to you how many people to invite. You may want to have a crafting theme such as weaving or beadwork, or crafting for a particular holiday or in the style of a cultural tradition. Or everyone can just BYOC (bring your own craft.)2. Encourage guests to wear comfy clothing for getting to work on some creative ideas (or just lounging and hanging out.)3. Prepare a large clean table for laying out projects, you make want to put down a protective cloth...

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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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Why Making Is Important

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Why Making Is Important

“There is comfort in the act of creating…Whatever the object becomes, it is an expression of ourselves and our identity, quite often using techniques that have been taught to us or passed down through generations or within communities. That’s why traditional crafts can be so emotive. Often we think of someone in our lives who has crafted and it will evoke feelings of nostalgia. Imagine then, the power of this nostalgia when it opens up connections to our ancestors and our cultural heritage” (Kate O’Sullivan, Making Our Way Home, Creative Journeys). Creating with our hands, something from start to finish...

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The Story of Churro Wool

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The Story of Churro Wool

The Churro wool yarn that is included in the Oaxaca Culture Kits and Wool Weaving Project has a fascinating history.

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A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

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A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

November 19th is National Entrepreneurs Day and in honor of this day we want to spotlight women entrepreneurs. Folkways Culture Kits has fostered a special interest in the livelihood of women artisans such as the women basket weavers from WomenCraft in Tanzania. Here is the story that WomenCraft shared with us: Hadija lives with her seven children in a remote rural village called Mwivuza in the rolling hills of the Kagera region, one of least developed regions in the northwest of Tanzania. Their traditional mud-house is made from the red soil of the area. Kagera is diverse and rich in...

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