81% of 3,500 knitters polled reported feeling 'happy' after knitting (The British Journal of Occupational Therapy).
Crafting may also help to ward off the onset of dementia. Evidence suggests that Alzheimer's disease is caused by plaque gathering around the brain's synapses – connections between the nerves that enable the transfer of information. It is possible for the brain to create new synapses, however, and one of the best ways of doing this is by learning a new skill, such as crafting. Read more at www.boundless.co.uk/be-inspired/wellbeing/how-crafting-can-boost-your-mental-wellbeing
Crafting can improve your memory. A study at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, US, found that people who engaged in a craft, like knitting or quilting, during middle age had a 40% reduced risk of memory impairment.
Quilting improves wellbeing in a way that physical and outdoor activities doesn't. (Source: Study by University of Glasgow (in March 2012).
Crafting is great for mental health! A poll by The Handmade Fair found that 75 per cent of those surveyed believed crafting has a positive impact on mental health or wellbeing, with a quarter of crafters saying it helped them deal with a mental health issue such as depression or anxiety.
So get crafting, and try something new! Watch some of our crafting videos for inspiration by clicking here.