Over the holidays, I will take more time to sit and sew.
Over-the-Arm Pincushion – instructions from Alabama Stitch Book – on the back porch swing.
Did you know that sewing, cooking and all acts of hands-on making stimulate happiness and over-all well being?
“Lambert shows how when you knit a sweater or plant a garden, when you prepare a meal or simply repair a lamp, you are bathing your brain in feel-good chemicals and creating a kind of mental vitamin. Our grandparents and great grandparents, who had to work hard for basic resources, developed more resilience against depression; even those who suffered great hardships had much lower rates of this mood disorder. But with today’s overly-mechanized lifestyle we have forgotten that our brains crave the well-being that comes from meaningful effort.”
Thanks to Catherine Newman for sharing Kelly’s work: