To the list of things you already know are good for your health, add one more – thread craft.
There’s nothing better than something that’s both healthy and creative or entertaining. Working with thread in any form – stitching, embroidery, crocheting, and knitting – fulfils this role beautifully, figuratively and literally speaking, because the end result is a creative piece which gives endless delight.
So how is thread craft beneficial for your physical and mental health?
As you stitch, embroider, or crochet, the repetitive and rhythmic hand movements involved have a soothing effect on your body and mind, enhancing your overall well-being and relieving stress. The Institute for Mind-Body Medicine, Harvard Medical School, has noted that the hand motions and mental focus involved in threadwork induce a calming and meditation-like state, which reduce heart rate and blood pressure. So thread craft is a great burnout beater!
The same movements also enhance your fine motor skills, because using both hands causes you to use both sides of your brain, says the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. Your hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and focus naturally improves.
Moreover, designs and patterns involve mathematical aspects, so thread work helps to maintain your brain’s sharpness and reduce the risk of cognitive impairment as you age.
A study by the Mayo Clinic for the American Academy of Neurology finds a 40% reduced risk of memory loss in elderly people practicing thread crafts.
While you can get all these benefits by practicing thread work all by yourself, there is the additional benefit of socializing with others if you do it as a group activity. Join embroidery classes or do it with friends if loneliness is your issue.
Thread craft is wonderfully therapeutic, improving a person’s ability to cope with physical or mental problems. The many inspiring stories of people, embroidering or crocheting their way through illness or pain or depression, are a colourful testimony to this. And as it works this magic, it also kindles your creativity; so the end result is a beautiful work of art along with a new and beautiful you.
Make magic with your fingers
Want to paint with thread? Make works of art which you can proudly display in your home, and even pass on as family heirlooms? Try Anchor products by Coats. Built on a 250-year history of expertise and passion, Anchor offers:
Every Anchor product reflects the belief that crafting should always be fun. Whatever your skill level, Anchor threads and stitch kits are designed to encourage self-expression and pleasure in the art of embroidery and crochet – right to the very last stitch.
Every Anchor Stitch Kit contains a piece of single thread canvas with printed design outline, sufficient Anchor Stranded Cotton skeins and tapestry needle, detailed design instructions and key-to-diagrams.
The designs include landscapes, natural life, and every day scenes, making each finished piece looking like a woven tapestry.