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  • Publisher: Cico Books
  • Edition: BC Paperback with flaps
  • Publication: 09 April 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782496939
  • Stock: 6 in stock
  • Size: 208x276 mm
  • Illustrations: 256
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £12.99
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Mindful Crochet


35 creative and colourful projects to help you be in the moment, relieve stress and manage pain by Emma Leith

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Book Description

The 35 patterns in Mindful Crochet include specially designed elements of repetition, colour and texture, which will help you relax, refocus and unwind.

Anyone who’s ever tried to master a new stitch or work out which granny squares should go where on a blanket will appreciate how crochet can totally engage your attention and harness your creativity. Being “in the moment” is an essential part of following a pattern, keeping your yarn on the hook, counting stitches and remembering which colour to use next. Emma Leith shows how these qualities can become a form of mindfulness practice, bringing you peace, calm and a greater sense of well-being. There are projects you can make for yourself or your home, and others designed to be given as gifts. The satisfaction you’ll get from creating these lovely makes and seeing others appreciate them is another important way in which crochet can encourage a positive outlook and bring happiness.

About the Author

About Emma Leith

Emma Leith has used her Buddhist practice and learned the benefits of mindful crochet from a personal perspective, while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Her website, Emma Leith Atelier (www.emmaleith.co.uk), showcases her love of colour and texture, and her aim is to spread hope and happiness in all that she does. Whether she is yarn-bombing a town centre or teaching children, her work is always life-affirming and full of fun. Emma lives near Bath, UK with her daughter and partner, their two dachshunds, and Womble the cat.


Crafts Beautiful

This collection of 35 crochet projects aren't just beautiful to look at, they also help you to be 'in the moment', so you can relax and unwind. Enjoy the process, along with the satisfaction of creating lovely gifts and items for the home.

Slipknot, The Knitting & Crochet Guild Magazine

This colourful upbeat book is excellent value - it has 35 projects and includes crochet basics. Its philosophy can be summed up by the first pattern, Mandala Curtain. It consists of strings of round motifs or mini mandalas. Emma encourages us:

"Think of each mandala as a mini-make - it can be completed in under 30 minutes and be picked up and put down any time. If your narrative is that you're no good with colour, now's the time to change that (...) experiment and play a little."

There are four sections: Colour Therapy, Touch and Texture, Mindful Meditation, and Caring and Sharing. Mindfulness messages come with each pattern. Most designs are small and quick to make, but there is no hurry as Emma reiterates - the whole point is to slow down, immerse yourself in the crochet and the colours and enjoy the moment. This approach is something most of us know instinctively but push aside as we yield to the grownup emphasis on correctness and achievement rather than childlike play.

Mindfulness crochet is particularly relevant to Emma herself as she has used this crochet therapy to help her recover from breast cancer. Her pursuit of mindfulness is embedded in her Buddhist practice.

It is a joyful book with lots of projects to choose from. Many are for the home, playful boho style bunting or garlands, and baubles, mats, containers and more, and to wear there are fingerless mitts and several scarves/shawls. The designs are such as we see on the internet and in magazines.

Unusual designs that appealed to me were an Indian style window valance with real shisha mirrors, and a flowery chandelier!

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