Tuesday Treats: Windmills of my mind

When I am not occupied writing and talking about Aurifil threads I actually get some time to quilt for other people, and occasionally for myself.

Square-dance

So when I read this post about why sewing is so good for us it resonated and reminded me of one of the ladies, for whom I had quilted in the past.

The quilt in question was extremely large so I prepared several quilting plans, in different price brackets, for her selection.  (I am sorry this was before I had a digital camera, so no photo here)

She chose the plan in the highest price bracket and, when I checked that this was what she wanted, she said something that really resonated with me, in fact I often repeat it because it made so much sense to me:

She said;

Patchwork and quilting is much less expensive than going to a psychiatrist, and I end up with a beautiful quilt when I am finished.

Every time I think of this, I appreciate how true it is for me.

I can de-stress very quickly simply by sitting down to sew … it doesn’t even have to be patchwork … I could be making curtains … it is the action of playing with fabric and thread and sewing …. well maybe not stitching buttons and repairs to clothes.

Even when something goes “wrong” with my stitching, I still find that focusing intently on fixing the problem can remove my thoughts from the day to day issues and leave me feeling less stressed than before I started stitching.  Quite odd really … one problem can sometimes even solve another.

The post in the link above says:

A recent article splashed across several UK national newspapers highlighted the advantages of quilting, after researchers found it benefited people in ways that physical or outdoor pursuits didn’t. This included improving cognitive, emotional and social wellbeing.

The piecing and cutting and re-piecing to make this square dance quilt certainly exercised my mind.

The piecing, cutting and re-piecing to make this square dance quilt certainly exercised my mind.

So next time someone questions your reason for cutting up large pieces of fabric into smaller pieces, and stitching them back together quote some of these benefits;

  • At its most basic, sewing requires us to focus both physically and mentally on a task.
  • Hand-eye coordination is good for our brains and for keeping our fingers nimble.
  • Sewing skills can also open up your social life.
  • Sewing also brings positive benefits for older people, including those with dementia
  • It is a therapeutic approach to long-term illness.
  • It changes brain chemistry for the better, possibly by decreasing stress hormones and increasing feel-good serotonin and dopamine.

Read the complete article at The Sewing Directory

You will be pleased to know that it is not just patchwork that brings these benefits, the article also references knitting so it would appear to be all the creative textile arts & crafts.

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2 Responses

  1. I totally agree with this – I get very antsy if I don’t do some sewing during the week. As a machine quilter I am playing with quilts all the time, but I need to do “me” work to make me happy and pleasant to live with again!

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