Need to de-stress? 5 ways to ditch the screen and get crafting

Need to de-stress? 5 ways to ditch the screen and get crafting

By Holly Painter

29 January 2019

Research from the Craft Report reveals that, almost a third (24%[1]) of crafters now turn to hobbies projects to de-stress and promote mindfulness.  The UK craft industry is worth £4.7b per year and there are a now more than14.6 million crafters in the UK.

Jodie Firmin, trends expert for the Creative Craft Show puts the move towards crafting for mindfulness down our increasingly busy lives and obsession with screens. “What is becoming more and more apparent is the use of craft as a method of de-stressing, disconnecting from technology and to take care of wellbeing”.

A crafter for the last 20 years, Jane Bolsover shares her top five crafts for those wanting to try it for wellbeing.

  1. Knitting is fast becoming a hobby for all ages, especially with new trends such as arm knitting - using your arms to knit and not relying on needles. The results are beautiful chunky blankets, cushions and much more. This technique is simple for anyone to pick up and keeps the mind occupied as well as working some muscles!
  2. Needle felting is taking the crafting nation by storm.  This is the process of felting one piece of wool to another using needles. This very easy and almost hypnotic repetitive process allows crafters to relax while creating felt figurines – woodland animals are particularly on trend at the moment.    
  3. Marbling on to tiles and fabrics is a peaceful and mesmerising craft and something which is easily done at home. From interiors to gifts, this craft allows the user to create unique gifts. This one also works really well with groups of friends.   
  4. The humble pom pom is seeing a massive resurgence at the moment. Vibrant, eye-catching, easy to make and fun, creating them is an excellent way to unwind.  Start off small and learn to expand the skill so you can go on to create giant pom poms. They can also be sewn onto clothes and accessories.
  1. Learning a new skill like cross stitch teaches the mind to focus, boosting confidence and wellbeing. Cross stitch is a simple craft that can be done on the sofa or your morning train commute, the repetitive action calms and relaxes the mind. Kits currently on the market include inspirational quotes, rock star tributes, memes and more.


The Creative Craft Show is in Manchester on 31st January – 2nd February. It welcomes thousands of crafters and would-be crafters through the doors as the trend for wellness and mindful crafting continues to grow.  Visitors can get their craft on with a fantastic range of supplies for knitting, dressmaking, cross stitch, paper crafting and jewellery making, and so much more. The show will also be packed with workshops and demos, ready to inspire.

For more information and details of exhibitors and features visit

[1] The Craft Report – The Future Is Ours to Create 2018

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