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Crafting our way through lockdown

The crafting community rejoice as arts and craft make a resurgence, and they're here to stay!  Research shows that many of us have turned to making things by hand, from knitting to sewing. Online site LoveCrafts.com, experienced a 114% rise in web traffic from March to November, compared with the same period in 2019, with 73% of traffic from new visitors keen to find out where to begin! 

Has lockdown given you even more time to craft? Have you found comfort in creativity? Well you are not alone. Many of us have been able to appreciate arts and crafts while #StayingHome. Stores such as Hobbycraft have reported a 200% increase sales increase throughout the pandemic. No matter how big or small, it goes without saying that craft has really helped us through what has been an unprecedented 10 months. 

A survey commissioned by the site - which describes itself as “global community of happy crafters all over the world” - found that 96% of 1,500 members of the public had used crafting in some form to boost their mental health during this challenging year, along with music and exercise. Of those surveyed, three fifths (58%) said the pandemic had negatively impacted their mental health and that nearly all (97%) had crafted at some point as a way of trying to enhance their mental wellbeing - 56% said they listened to music and 49% said they exercised, toward the same goal. And when asked why they chose crafting, 81% said “it relaxes me".

Those more adept crafters took matters into their own hands creating face masks and comforters for frontline NHS staff. The Women's Institute groups made over 1000 accessories for PPE, in Dorest a group of women came together collecting materials to make extra padding to ease the discomfort caused by the straps of masks... and even went as far up-cycling old cloth into face masks for their community! But it isn't just the experienced crafters doing their bit, many of us used craft as a way to escape the boredom of life in lockdown, finding happiness in the simpler things in life. 


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