Social and Health Benefits of Lacemaking and Other Crafts
A recent article in ‘Happiful’ Magazine (July 2018) was entitled ‘Crafting with a Point’. It was about how good knitting is for you.
In 2017, Knit for Peace (knitforpeace.org.uk) undertook ‘A Literature Review and Survey to Examine the Health Benefits of Knitting, Especially for the Elderly, and the Opportunities it Offers for Volunteering’*. They reported that it lowers blood pressure, reduces anxiety and depression, distracts from chronic pain, slows the onset of dementia, is as relaxing as yoga, increases a sense of wellbeing, reduces loneliness and isolation and increases a sense of usefulness and inclusion in society. It also induces a state of relaxation, where the heart rate is lowered by an average of 11 beats per minute.
Therefore, it would appear that lacemaking (or indeed any hobby) is also good for your health, as stated above. Several lacemakers have commented that the social aspect of Club meetings and events are very important to us all as we get older, especially to those who do not get out and about as much as they used to.
This report is definitely worth reading and echoes what has been said in ‘Scottish Lace’. We have all heard of ‘mindfulness’ but now someone has coined a new word: ‘craftfulness’! This seems very apt if you read the above information about the health benefits of knitting as a hobby.
We believe that working from intricate patterns must keep the brain sharp and have a beneficial effect, as we have so many ‘sparky’ older members still making fabulously complex lace!
* For further information on the Report: