Craft Focus - February / March 2021 (Issue 83)

FINDING CALM IN THE STORM Craft courses have been prescribed to patients since the dawn of occupational therapy in the late 19 th century, with basketry used to relieve anxiety and physical ailments in soldiers during the first world war. Throughout lockdown, the craft industry has boomed as more and more budding crafters seek new ways to combat stress, be creative and fill their time wisely. Here’s some of our top picks that are sure to release good vibes. TINA FRANCIS TAPESTRY Lilting Lumbar - Bargello Stitch kit Create a space for mindful stitching and get lulled along as you create a symphony of stitches. +44 (0)7979 854 649 EXACLAIR ExaClair Limited has launched a new creative journal box set through its Avenue Mandarine brand. Suitable for children aged 5-7+ +44 (0)1553 696 600 NUTSCENE TWINES LTD Make your own string bag kit, made from sustainable jute, produced in the UK. RRP: £24.99 +44 (0)1307 468 589 THE STITCH COMPANY Peafowl – Panna (pan-7238-pt) Size: 17cm x 45 cm  35 TREND: MINDFULNESS