Monday 1st November 2021
It’s now November and it’s only a matter of days until the sky is lit up by a collage of beautiful, colourful (and loud!) fireworks as we stand watching, eating toffee apples and waving sparklers around. It will also be a time for remembrance, with the return of the yearly Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal.
In addition to these things, it’s also a good month to get an early start on your Christmas decorations – there’s no shame in it, we will be doing so as well.
But this monthly update will depart a bit from the usual format, as we want to take the time to talk about a subject that is close to us and very important – the importance of crafting and how having a hobby can help with your mental wellbeing.
There are 3 main reasons as to why we believe that crafting is a good thing:
Since starting to sew, I’ve become the go-to person in the family for any patching up of damaged clothes or stitching on buttons, not to mention all the handmade gift requests – but this is something that’s beneficial to me. Having learned a new and valuable skill, it allows me to not only help myself but also help others and put a smile on their faces and at the end of the day, that is worth everything to me.
Being part of any new hobby also gives you a chance to become part of the community and culture surrounding it, whether it is sewing, painting or something entirely different. This allows you to meet like minded people, help each other to mutually improve and potentially make lifelong friendships. Surrounding yourself with positive people that are invested in the same hobbies and exchanging tips and experiences is invaluable and allows you to improve at a much quicker pace.
You never know, your hobby could end up becoming your profession…and trust me when I say that being able to turn your hobby into a full-time job is a very wonderful thing 🙂
The last reason we believe crafting is a great thing is that it helps you switch off from distractions and worries for a while and have some quiet time to focus. I’ve also had first hand experience witnessing this – in late 2019 my Mum started having panic attacks and an onset of anxiety, which only worsened throughout the chaos of 2020.
Because of this, she hasn’t left the house nearly as much as she usually did for over a year and a half due to the fear of potentially having an attack outside and although she has made great strides towards improvements through behavioural therapy, she still has a long way to go until she returns to normality.
However a few months ago, I helped to walk Mum through some light sewing projects to try and distract her from worries and stress and I have noticed a substantial improvement. Her confidence has increased dramatically and she enjoys doing hand stitching projects with me (a.k.a. The family’s ‘stitcher upper’) to help improve her skills and further bond with me.
Mum has said that since we have started sewing together, it has helped with her mindset and mentality and it’s nice to focus on what she’s doing in the present rather than get caught up in her own mind with worries.
We are currently in the middle of a mother/daughter project which we will reveal in time, but here are a couple of the projects she has completed so far in 2021 (on the left).
In celebration of my Mum and the new month, I will be offering 20% off all books, patterns, felt and embroidery kits for the whole month including Art to Heart Quilt Books, Liberty dressmaking patterns, Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H, Corinne Lapierre felt kits, embroidery hoops by Hawthorn Handmade and Oh Sew Bootiful, and Wrendale Designs cross stitch kits!
Use the code ‘STITCH20’ at the checkout to take advantage of this discount! It may come in handy for any early Christmas gifts for relatives and friends or even a little treat for yourself.
This offer will end Tuesday 30th November 2021 at Midnight (UK delivery only)
One last thing, we now have Tilda Fabrics ‘Windy Days’, the remaining 3 x Susybee ‘Sweet Bees’ fabric bolts, and 7 new Moda fabric bolts (5 x “Thatched” and the last 2 x “Bella Solids”, completing the 12 colour collection) in stock.
Craft Cotton Co. ‘Winter Berry’ and the Thatched ‘Gray’ Moda Fabric bolt will be arriving in November. There have been many shipping delays throughout this year, but you can rest assured when we receive the deliveries we will let you know straight away!
Until then, you can check in on our site and our social media profiles to keep up-to-date with what is happening at Sew-Drops and any new releases.
Thank you all so much for reading this month’s blog. I’ll be back in December with a festive special blog as we prepare and countdown to the most wonderful time of the year…Christmas!