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Stitching a community: how the soothing power of craft became a key part of lockdown

"Mindfulness" and "self-care" may be new words, but in relation to crafts they describe something ancient

By Annie Le Santo  

Making something with our hands calms anxiety. Photo: Pexel

During a pandemic, when stepping out of your home feels like a risk, it takes searching within it for a source of solace. It’s tempting to seek this reassurance from the blue-light of a screen, indulging in Twitter timelines, refreshing the news pages and monitoring grim statistics. Thanks to our global connectedness, being informed by professionals is easy. But to go further can send us into a spiral of anxiety and angst.

With no office to go to, no exercise class to attend, nothing external to participate in, we can be left with something else that is scary: time alone.

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