Every creative has their favourite hobby – you might experiment with a few different disciplines, but the expectation is that you eventually settle on one. After all, making a creative passion into a liveable income means you have to be good at your craft, so it makes sense to choose one thing and perfect it. However, while that mentality could help your passions become professional endeavours, ignoring it entirely could potentially be better for your mental wellbeing – and that’s where multi-crafting comes in.
Multi-crafting refers to the practice of dipping your brush (or hook, or whichever artistic implement is appropriate) into several different crafts, rather than channelling all of your energy into one. You can jump from knitting a scarf to painting a landscape to making clay jewellery, all in the same week. While multi-crafting may go against every perfectionist instinct you have, there’s real benefits to shelving hesitation and embracing spontaneity.
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LETTING THE COLOUR IN
BOLD, VIBRANT COLOURS ARE A TREND WIN THIS SEASON, BUT WHERE SHOULD COLOUR-CURIOUS CRAFTERS BEGIN - AND WHY? LOTTIE STOREY DISCOVERS THE SECRETS OF USING VIBRANT HUES TO LIFT YOUR CREATIVE MOOD.
MADE IN Monochrome
Add a new craft technique to your repertoire this spring with Nerrisa Pratt's bargello-detail tote bag
This colourful train of Dala-inspired horses by Christine Leech will brighten up a little one's bedroom
Find inspiration in Lucy Peltier's motivational embroidered banner
VIBRANT COLOUR AND BOLD PATTERN FILL GERI SAMMUT-ALESSI'S BEAUTIFUL HOME
Geri Sammut-Alessi describes her Milton Keynes home as a 'land of magnolia' when she and husband Andrew first bought it nine years ago. The five-bedroom, new-build house in Milton Keynes was just two years old, and "very uninspiring," Geri says. "It was such a challenge to decorate but we are incredibly proud of the personality and character we've added."
Lucy Djevdet's granny square denim jacket is a fun way to inject some colour into your wardrobe
DO IT UP
Connie Mabbott's simple button embroidery upgrade will revive your favourite wardrobe pieces
Blooming brights, contrast and oversized patterns are what we are craving this season. We've been inspired by lots of little ways to inject a bit more colour into our every day and make the most of the mood boost.
Relish the process of making with Rachel Lawson's abstract punch needle cushion
A WORK IN progress
Put all your other projects on hold while you whip up this versatile craft bag by Mandi Bharij to store them in
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MORE US PATIENTS TO HAVE EASY, FREE ACCESS TO DOCTOR'S NOTES
More U.S. patients will soon have free, electronic access to the notes their doctors write about them under a new federal requirement for transparency.