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You cut a length of thread, knot one end and pull the other end through the eye of a needle. You take a piece of fabric and you think about what you are going to make, what you are going to say, who it will be for and what others will be able to read from it.
And you consider what patterns and motifs you might use in this clothing. Will it have a story or will its message be told in symbols or colors – readable for future generations? Will it hold sewn promises of compassion, empathy, blessings from the heart, vision, principles and inspiration? You choose colors with care to convey specific emotions. You look through types of fabrics, your collection of adornment, the tiny glittering sequin, the box beads, the braid of jigging pompons and select all or some to add when the clothing is complete.
Then you push your threaded needle into one side of the cloth and pull it out on the other, on and on in rhythmic sewing, until you have made something that matters: a thing of beauty and meaning, clothing that holds a spirit of you, the artist, fast within its threads.
Source: Threads of Life, © Clare Hunter, community textile artist and textile curator

In recent years, mental health studies have examined the use of manual labor as a panacea for mental health issues, demonstrating its effectiveness in regulating mood, boosting self-esteem, and promoting a calm rhythm. Behind the handwork also lies a basic human impulse: to maintain self-control, to create order, and to make choices amidst the hustle and humiliation of life. (Source:

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