Crafting joy during difficult times

These are uncertain and difficult times, which is why it’s more important than ever to spread joy and lift spirits where we can. It’s been wonderful, and so heartening, to see how people are turning to art for comfort and to send love and support to others.

Recently, it was reported that families have been painting rainbows to put in their windows, to cheer up their neighbours.

If you’ve been doing this, or anything similar, we would love to see your efforts – post your pictures on social media and tag us: @thecraftshows on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

With schools being closed, it can be a challenge to think of ways to keep the kids entertained and happy. We are going to be curating some ideas for craft projects that can help to keep boredom at bay for little ones. 

At ICHF Events, we’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of community, and how we can use this time to connect with people in new and creative ways. We’ve started the hashtag #CoCrafters, for anyone to add to their tweets should they wish to connect with other craft lovers. We’re on Twitter throughout the day, asking to see your latest craft projects and just generally checking in.

Last night, Helen from Mindful Crafts did a very special Facebook Live takeover (go back and watch here), where she taught us how to crochet a beautiful rose. We plan to keep hosting these weekly demos on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. It’s a great way to learn a new skill, while connecting with others.

We’ve also created a Facebook group, where we will be encouraging the sharing of interesting crafty content. You can join here!  

The group is in its early days but will be a great place to meet and chat to fellow crafters and get inspiration for new projects.

We are passionate about getting the nation crafting and, in times like these, having a creative hobby that promotes mindfulness and stress relief is so valuable.

If you have any suggestions for how we can best serve you, the crafting community, we would love to hear them. Perhaps you have a burning craft question or need help with a project. Get in touch with us on social media, or in the group – just think of us as your craft agony aunt!

Stay well and keep crafting. We’re all in this together.