During the Festival of Quilts last year, MyTime Media (the publishing company behind British Patchwork and Quilting), ran a competition asking people to tell us ‘Why they sew?’. We were overwhelmed by how many people commented on it being a form of ‘therapy’ and when our team got chatting we all had our own stories of using craft in this way.

And so the Creative Therapy blog was born, the brain child of Kate Hall. Kate is the Subscriptions Manager at MyTime Media. She has a little girl (who loves grabbing noses) and is a (lapsed) crafter. Kate has always loved crafts but found particular solace in them whilst managing illness from 2006 to 2011. Kate’s crafts of choice are sewing, cross stitch and baking. She’s now in good health, but in desperate need of more hours in the day to get back into her crafting!

‘There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time. And that’s that creating – whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography (or) cake decorating – is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.’ Katie Carey Levisay, Clinical Neuropsychologist.

We’d like to encourage new visitors to the Creative Therapy blog, where you can see share your story of how crafting, be it patchwork and quilting, cross stitch or baking, has helped you. You can post pictures of your work in the Reader’s Gallery and there are even some Free Projects to tempt you to join the Creative Therapy blog.

The MyTime Media team will be attending the Knitting & Stitching Show 1st – 4th March and will be promoting and discussing Creative Therapy blog with people at the show. You’re welcome to come along and meet the team.

Hexi Heart Cushion, Helen Kent

 If you would like to see more of British Patchwork and Quilting magazines, then we are offering UKQU members the chance to try three copies of the British Patchwork and Quilting magazine for £1.