South African CRAFT and home magazine

The past 12 months have affected all of us in one way or another, and worldwide there has been a marked increase in mental health issues.

It’s been scientifically proven that those who engage in arts and crafts experience reductions in stress and anxiety, and increased positive emotions. According to the American Journal of Public Health “Two visual arts studies, focused on the experience of women with cancer, found that those who engaged in art-making demonstrated statistically significant decreases in symptoms of physical and emotional distress during treatment. The relaxation and symptom reduction produced by creative expression opened pathways to emotional healing.” Craft courses have also been prescribed to patients in the United Kingdom since the dawn of occupational therapy in the late 19th century, with basketry used to relieve anxiety and physical ailments in soldiers during the first world war. These therapies continue to be used today.

Whether you prefer papercraft to fibreart, or baking to claycraft, there are some great projects to dive into this month. Grab a cup of tea, sit down, craft…. relax!

p.s. Send us a photo of your own crafty creation and you could win a 6 month subscription. e-mail: with “my crafty creation” in the subject line. Good luck!


Issue Seven!

In this issue:
An interview with Karen from Miss la Motte
Knitting: Easy pullover with optional collar
Crochet: Granny square join-as-you-go
Crochet: Dreamweaver pocket shawl
Quilting: Happy Heart quilt
Sewing: Easy weekender bag
Mixed media: Rock painting
Papercraft: Card and tag set
Papercraft: Vintage envelope album
Mixed Media: Hand lettering
Mixed Media: Seashore memory tin
Decor: Trendy drinks cabinet
Claycraft: Folk art owl
Sugarcraft: Mermaid cake toppers
Baking: Sticky salted caramel Bundt cake
Baking: Breakfast crunch & lunchbox crunchies

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