Knitting crafts – Bella Knitting Wed, 11 May 2022 08:26:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Knitting crafts – Bella Knitting 32 32 Jazz music, arts and crafts and more at the Minerva Festival Tue, 10 May 2022 15:35:24 +0000

The 10th annual Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival takes place on Minerva’s historic North Market Street on May 14, featuring a wide range of musical styles, as well as hands-on art activities for all ages, food and entertainment. craft.

Professional bands scheduled to perform include Henrique Alvim at 12:30 p.m., playing Brazilian jazz guitar; Erbo & the Buzz Factor at 3 p.m., playing jazz with steel drums; and the Big Band of the Alliance Symphony Orchestra 5-7 p.m.

Live music will begin even before the festival officially opens, with saxophonist Denny Ott playing during setup at 10 a.m. Northwest High School rock and jazz bands at 1:45 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.; and the Minerva High School Jazz Band at 4:15 p.m.

The festival will offer a wide variety of interactive arts activities for all ages. Hands-on projects will be provided by the Minerva Public Library, SPARK, and the Children’s Art Zone, sponsored by the Minerva Area Federal Credit Union.

Other activities will include the traveling magic of Tim Angeloni, from noon to 2 p.m.; balloon creations by Joe Delagrange, 2-4 p.m., sponsored by Consumers National Bank; origami from Cirque du Papier by Michael Roy, 4-6 p.m., drum circles at 1 and 4 p.m., a giant xylophone, a public typewriter, a knitting circle, the Art Bus, etc.

Throughout the festival, artists will demonstrate their skills, including woodturning, pastel drawing and wool processing.

Shops in downtown Minerva will be open and many artists and artisans will be selling their work, ranging from jewelry to handmade soaps, scrubs and lotions, fabric and wood creations, decorative items and much more .

Food will be available including sandwiches from Candlelight Catering, baked goods, hot corn, French waffles and lemonade. Village DORA will be in effect during the festival, and DORA drinks can be purchased at Sandy Springs Brewing Co., Que Pasa Mexican Restaurant, Stoney Inn, and Normandy Inn.

Admission to the festival is free and it will go ahead rain or shine.

Thanks to ArtsinStark for providing the stage for the event.

For more information, contact Denise Freeland at 330-868-7979 or

DOROTHY MILLIE CRAFTS – The County Press Sun, 08 May 2022 08:44:21 +0000

Dorothy Millie Crafts 92, of Lapeer, died Tuesday, May 3, at her home with her family by her side. Dorothy was born July 18, 1929, the daughter of Forrest and Bernice Hite. Daughter-in-law of William Lang. Dorothy graduated in 1948 from Lincoln Park High School. Dorothy married Raymond Crafts, the love of her life, on May 20, 1950 at Monroe Street Methodist Church, Reverend Everett Smith officiated. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her marriage spanned over 57 years and she always felt she had the perfect marriage. She lost her Ray in 2008 and has struggled over the years without him, but her family has brought her the most joy. She loved watching the Tigers and Pistons, loved knitting and making tea towels.

Surviving are his children, Kathleen Harmon of Lapeer, William (Kelly) Crafts of Bradenton, FL and Raymond Crafts of Lapeer. his grandchildren, Senna Harmon, Cody Crafts, Collin Crafts, Jacob Crafts and Jordon Crafts; and many special cousins ​​and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Ray; his parents, Bernice and Forrest; stepfather, William Lang; younger brother, Harold; son-in-law, Roy Harmon; special aunt, Marion; and his uncle, Earl Springsteen.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer. Dorothy’s funeral will follow immediately at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In accordance with Dorothy’s wishes, cremation will follow the funeral. His ashes will be buried in Green Corners Cemetery in Hadley… Ray and Dorothy are together forever again. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army. Please share your condolences and memories with the family at

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Chocolate filled crochet craft for preschoolers raises over £120 for arthritis charity Sat, 23 Apr 2022 08:00:00 +0000

A former childminder knitted Easter-themed chocolate stuffed animals for preschoolers at Cold Ash.

Thatcham resident Renate Hughes, 67, visited Cold Ash Preschool on April 7 to give children crochet Easter chicks with mini eggs inside.

She created the crochet craft as part of the March Knitting for Arthritis fundraising challenge, an initiative launched by the charity Versus Arthritis.

Renate Hughes with the Cold Ash Pre-School kids and about 40 crochet chicks

Ms. Hughes also suffered from arthritis herself for 15 years.

“My husband has it too and a lot of people I know,” she said, “so I thought I might raise some money.”

The nationally observed knitting marathon challenges people to be as creative as possible.

Renate Hughes donates it to preschool while raising money for March Knitting Versus Arthritis
Renate Hughes donates it to preschool while raising money for March Knitting Versus Arthritis

“I was looking for a good idea of ​​what to knit and asked in kindergarten if it would be a good idea,” she said.

“They loved it. I know kindergarten and sometimes I give them craft stuff.

Using a ‘stash of yarn’ she had around the house, given to her by various people, she knitted a total of 44 Easter chicks and said each took about an hour and a half at two o’clock.

She commented, “I’ve always been crafty since I was little. Arthritis has affected my hands as well as my walking, so knitting is good for keeping moving, it helps with that.

Preschool Leader Lucy Sandel with Renate Hughes and Special Educational Needs Coordinator Robyn Hamilton
Preschool Leader Lucy Sandel with Renate Hughes and Special Educational Needs Coordinator Robyn Hamilton

Ms Hughes said it was wonderful to see the smiles on the children’s faces as she welcomed them to nursery school.

“They loved it,” she said. “I was a childminder myself, so I like to do things for children.

“The children rushed to talk to me, not because I had the eggs, they were hidden. It was wonderful to see their smiles.

Ms Hughes said it was nice to be around children again and make them smile
Ms Hughes said it was nice to be around children again and make them smile

“It was a very nice day. We had a great time.”

She continued: “It raises awareness, not to people around me but to people in kindergarten and it also raised funds for research”.

Helen Barnes from Cold Ash Preschool helped organize the event with Ms Hughes and said it was lovely to have such a “nice woman” visit.

Renate Hughes with her Chocolate Filled Crochet Chicks
Renate Hughes with her Chocolate Filled Crochet Chicks

She said, “I knew [Mrs Hughes] for years in a toddler group she used to run, she asked if she could do it, which we were thrilled about. She came and spent an hour with the children.

She said the children were “very excited” to receive the chocolate-filled Easter chicks and said a few children had actually eaten half their chocolate eggs before going home.

“The children all said thank you, they were really happy. It was a great idea,” she concluded.

Renate Hughes donates it to preschool while raising money for March Knitting Versus Arthritis
Renate Hughes donates it to preschool while raising money for March Knitting Versus Arthritis

Donations can be made on Mrs. Hughes’ Facebook page here:

The charity itself has raised over £120,000 for the cause so far.

Madisonville Arts, Crafts Faire to be held April 30 | Local News Thu, 21 Apr 2022 05:00:00 +0000

Whether shopping for Mother’s Day, getting an early start to Christmas, or just looking around, the Madisonville Arts and Crafts Fair could have it all.

For the second year in a row, the fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the TC Mini Mart parking lot near Todd’s Furniture.

Beth Simon, one of the fair’s organizers, said they already had about 37 vendors signed up to participate.

“We have a lot of new suppliers this year that weren’t with us before,” she said.

Through the Facebook page and sharing on other sites, as word spreads people want to join in, she said.

Simon is from California and saw last year that there weren’t many craft fairs in the area, so she decided to start one herself. She now organizes the events with Kelly Oldham and Katie Mikkelson.

“My intention at the beginning was that I like to sew, and I like to craft, and I like to share the things that I do with people,” she said. “There was a degree of community where people also felt the same way.”

This year, kiosks will be set up to sell items of all kinds ranging from embroidery, woodworking, cartoons, sewing, jewelry, Tupperware, knitting, wreaths, candles, soaps and paintings. She said that this year they will also have a food vendor for the first time, Sweet Soul Confections by CiCi Childers.

“We can’t wait to have him with us as a first-time seller,” Simon said.

The fair will also have local children selling things they’ve made like cozies and keychains. She said she helped them learn to sew and they were excited to sell at the craft fair.

This fair takes place just before Mother’s Day, so people can look for a present for their own mother, or if they are planning, they can start shopping for Christmas or birthday presents.

“I hope this encourages people to come and start their gift shopping,” Simon said.

She said a lot of vendors will do custom work, so if a vendor doesn’t have what the customer wants, they can customize it.

For more information or to stay in touch, follow the Madisonville Arts and Crafts Faire on Facebook.

St George’s Day in Leicester – crafts, music and Morris Men Sat, 16 Apr 2022 11:51:45 +0000

The city’s annual St George’s Festival returns to Orton Square on Saturday 23rd April, with all kinds of entertainment for people of all ages. A packed program of activities in and around the city center cultural quarter starts from midday, with a welcome from the Lord Mayor and a dance by the Leicester Morris Men.

Visitors will be able to participate in a dragon trail with a special map of key locations and activities that will reveal hidden dragons. There will also be dancing, puppets and stilts, as well as arts and crafts, maypole dancing and storytelling inspired by St George and his mythical battle with a dragon.

A powerful – but friendly – ​​dragon called Flame will also be visiting as part of Leicester City Council’s entertainment program, which follows two years of coronavirus disruption. Flame and her friends will be in Orton Square, outside the Curve Theater at 1, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m., for a little show for the public.

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Young children will be invited to dress up as knights or princesses and take part in a costume parade in Orton Square at 2:30 p.m. Elsewhere in the Cultural Quarter, the LCB Depot on Rutland Street will host family activities until 4 p.m., where young people can make their own wreaths, shields, wands and puppets. Refreshments will be available at the depot cafe.

Leicester Print Workshop in nearby Queen Street will be offering drop-in sessions for people to create their own Mythical Beasts – which could get really messy, so people should dress accordingly. Visitors can also take a behind-the-scenes look at the Two Queens Open Studios gallery and create a crest inspired by their favorite objects.

The nearby Phoenix Cinema and Arts Center will bring artwork to life on interactive screens in a digital workshop. And people can try their hand at the potter’s wheel and check out the other workshops on offer at the Makers’ Yard in Rutland Street.

St. George’s Church will open its doors and invite people to explore the historic building, which is now a church used by the city’s Serbian community. The Exchange Bar opposite The Curve offers a special St George themed beer, hot chocolate and a limited edition medieval menu to enjoy while decorating your very own dragon.

Afterwards, people can relax taking in the views of the city from the cozy rooftop terrace of The Brick & Beam starting at 6 p.m., where there will be live jazz from local artists.

The city’s deputy mayor, Piara Singh Clair, head of culture, leisure and sport at Leicester City Council, said: “St George’s Festival is always a great day out for the family and a fantastic way to enjoy of the cultural district. There will be a range of free activities on offer, both in Orton Square and nearby venues, which people of all ages can enjoy.

A free program for St George’s Festival can be picked up from the Visit Leicester Information Center at the King Richard III Center opposite St Martins Cathedral. Details are also available online at

]]> High hopes for new arts, crafts and music school in Peachland | Entertainment Fri, 15 Apr 2022 13:00:00 +0000

A hub for people to come and learn everything from how to play the ukulele to canoeing for beginners in Peachland could mean bringing businesses to the town year-round as the folk school of Okanagan kicked off an open house on Sunday where people could meet instructors and watch demonstrations.

The idea for the folk school originated at a dinner party 14 months ago, said Murray Wood, founder and president of the folk school.

As a businessman, Wood had been puzzled for years about how to bring business to Peachland during the off-season.

His neighbors came to

dinner and describes the North House Folk School in Minnesota, located in a town similar to Peachland.

“The city received a slow transfusion,” Wood said. “Shops opened and stayed open, restaurants stayed open year-round, gas pumped out, and bed and breakfasts were full.”

Wood approached the Peachland Chamber of Commerce and friends, who embraced the idea.

In addition to bringing business to Peachland during the off-season, the role of the popular school will be to bring more work to craftsmen and instructors throughout the valley, to create a community for those taking the classes as well as for Peachland and to become the crafts and skills education center of Western Canada.

Peachland is a strong tourist spot, Wood noted.

“Someone could take a basket weaving class while their partner is golfing or going on the lake,” he said. “There is so much to do.”

The Okanagan Folk School currently has 10 instructors offering lessons in painting, geocaching, hiking, knitting, jewelry making and storytelling.

Some of the classes are single events while others are multiple classes.

Classes will be held at Peachland Chamber of Commerce facilities, artist studios and outdoors.

Annabelle Stanley, a natural fiber artist, is one of the instructors as well as a board member. She will give lessons on how to make spheres, quails and baskets in her workshop.

As an artist, it is important for Stanley to promote and support the folk school, as it in turn promotes the artists inside and outside the community as a center of learning.

For a complete list of available courses and registration, go online to

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Storytime, crafts, more at Anchor Bay area libraries – The Voice Fri, 08 Apr 2022 03:06:38 +0000

Local libraries offer events and programs for all ages. Here’s a look at what’s planned at libraries in the Anchor Bay area.

Chesterfield Township Library

The Chesterfield Township Library is open regular hours at full capacity. All services have resumed. There are no restrictions.

The following free programs are scheduled:

• Books and Babies will take place on Wednesdays through April 27 from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Bring little ones to listen to lapsit songs, interactive baby rhymes, and simple storybooks followed by games with toys. For children from 6 to 24 months accompanied by an accompanying adult.

• The preschool and kindergarten drawing class will take place on April 9 from 10:15 am to 11 am. Children who have coloring experience are encouraged to have fun learning to draw.

• The elementary drawing class will take place on April 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• The Teen Art Club will meet on April 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. Teenagers who have learned the basics can sharpen their drawing skills. Spend time with other artists to share ideas while practicing character drawing, storytelling, and advanced techniques.

• Toddler Time will meet on April 18 from 10:15 to 11:00. Toddlers accompanied by a favorite adult will enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage their emerging language skills.

• The Internet Basics training will take place on April 11 from 11 am to 1 pm. Learn how to use web browsers and search engines to navigate the Internet. The ability to use a computer mouse is a requirement for this class. Computers will be provided.

• Technical help will be provided on April 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. computing, social media, email and more. Bring your technical questions to the library.

• Family Storytime will take place on April 13 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Family Storytime is a quiet 30-minute storytime where children can relax with books, nursery rhymes , songs and crafts. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas. Recommended for children 5 and under but families are welcome.

• Teen Night Movie Night will be Monday, April 18 from 6-7:30 pm Teens in grades 6-12 can join us for the movie night. The movie will be selected from a list of titles. In person.

• The Crazy 8s Math Club will meet on April 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm The Crazy 8s is nothing like your regular math club. Kids are encouraged to play with math in the wildest ways, like screaming in the library, tossing marshmallows, and tossing dozens of bouncing dice into the air. This eight-week series is for children in kindergarten through second grade.

• The Yarn Tales Knitting and Crocheting Group will meet on April 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join the Library’s Knitting and Crocheting Group for an evening of crafting and socializing. Come meet new people and work on projects. Bring crochet hooks or needles from home.

• Money Management: A Guide to Finances for Caregivers will be held virtually on April 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join the Alzheimer’s Association to learn tips on managing finances from someone else , how to prepare for future care costs and the benefits of Planning. Registration with email required. Virtual.

• The non-fiction book discussion group, Real Reads, meets April 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join the discussion and share your observations, praises and reviews of biographies and books on culture, current affairs, politics and history. The group is always welcoming new members to join the discussion. The book selection is “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law”, by Mary Roach.

• The Friends of the Library will organize a sale of used books on April 22 from 10 am to 4 pm. Adults seeking volunteer opportunities are encouraged to become Friends members.

• The Teen Advisory Council will meet on April 23 from 2-3 pm. TAB is a group of teenagers who live or go to school in Chesterfield Township who participate in and influence the teen programs at the library. TAB is a forum for voicing opinions and suggestions. TAB is also an opportunity to perform overtime volunteer and community service.

The Library Board will meet on April 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The library will be closed on April 15 and 16 for Easter and Passover.

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Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Chesterfield Township Library is located at 50560 Patricia Avenue. For more information, call 586-598-4900 or visit

MacDonald Public Library

The following programs are programmed:

• Make It Mondays meets from 10 am to 5:30 pm on Mondays at the library. Come DIY Monday for tips and tricks on DIY projects and crafts.

• Sit & Knit meets from 10 am to noon on Mondays at the library.

• Smart Money Kids Story Time will take place April 14 and 21 from 10:00-10:30 am. Join in for a special story hour with representatives from the Christian Financial Credit Union. They will share a money-themed story with everyone. All participants will receive a free book offered by the Smart Money Kids program. Registration is mandatory.

• A concert with Jackie and Gary: Re-singing the good old songs will take place on April 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join in for a fun evening of classic folk songs with Jackie and Gary. Find more information about the artists by visiting

• Egg Drop Science is scheduled for April 15 from 11 a.m. to noon. Children can come to the library to build a device to knock an egg off a ladder. Registration is mandatory.

• Anchor Bay Quilters Guild meets April 18 from 6-8 pm Join a group of friendly quilters who make, learn and create. The quilts produced often go to benefit charities.

• A Teen Advisory Council meeting will be held on April 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm Join the library and help them create and prepare programs while making new friends. Free pizzas are provided.

•Teen Free Paint is scheduled for April 20 from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Come in and paint a canvas.

•Books on Tap will meet on April 21 from 7-8 p.m. This month, choose any book to complete the challenge. This month’s “challenge” is to read a book that has been recommended.

• Nonfiction Book Club will take place on April 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Find the next read in the Nonfiction Book Club. Join other customers to read and discuss a book each month.

A meeting of the library board will be held on April 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed on Sundays. The MacDonald Public Library is located at 36480 Main St. in New Baltimore. For more information, call 586-725-0273 or visit or

Lenox Township Library

• Pre-kindergarten story time is offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Join the library for stories and songs at the library. The program is aimed at small children, but all children and families are welcome.

•An Easter party is planned for April 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meet and take pictures with the Easter bunny, make a fun craft, play games and participate in an egg hunt. Also enter the Easter basket draw listed on the events page of the library website. Winners will be announced at the party and additional notifications will be sent to any absentee winners.

• Seed Bomb Craft is available on April 12 from 6-7 p.m. Kids ages 7 and up can create their own seed bombs at the library. Completing the registration form is mandatory for a child to participate. Register at

• Movies and Munchies is scheduled for April 18 from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Join us for a family movie and snack at the library. The program is aimed at children up to 10 years old, but all children and families are welcome.

• Crafts for Adults – Plastic Spoon Flower will take place April 20 from 5:30-7:30 pm Create a beautiful sunflower out of plastic spoons with tips from resident artist Ms. Dawn. This program is intended for people over the age of 21. Places are limited and registration is compulsory. Please register each person individually. The registration form will be closed once the maximum capacity of the program has been reached or before April 16, whichever comes first.

• Crochet Meetup will take place on April 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All crochet enthusiasts of all skill levels are welcome. The library will provide the necessary crochet tools. Feel free to bring supplies or projects from home.

A library board meeting will be held on April 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The library has mobile hotspots available for payment.

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Lenox Township Library is located at 58976 Main Street in New Haven. For more information, call the library at 586-749-3430, or visit or

Ira Canton Library

• Silk Scarf Dying will take place on April 16 from 11 am to noon. Dye a silk scarf with Spectra Art fabric. Learn how to make these beautiful and elegant scarves. Material provided. There is a limit of 15 participants. Registration required. Ideal for ages 10 and up, but all ages are welcome.

• Eat healthy, be active, stress less will be available on April 18 and 25. Register by visiting Once registered, a link to the class will be emailed to you.

The Ira Township Library is located at 7013 Meldrum Road in Ira Township. For more information, call the library at 586-725-9081 or visit or

Get creative with Clairefontaine crafts at the London Stationery Show | News Tue, 05 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000

ExaClair Limited, the UK supplier to the Clairefontaine, Décopatch and Avenue Mandarine brands, is showcasing an exciting range of innovative products at this year’s London Stationery Show.

The focus will be on Clairefontaine’s ever-growing range of arts and crafts products, with the latest additions to the best-selling PaintON stamp collection. In addition to the recently launched acrylic and watercolor sets developed in collaboration with street art graffiti brand Molotow™, the best-selling Décopatch range will feature its updated mix of the popular mini kits.

Not only is the packaging updated with a colorful new design, making the mini kits aesthetically pleasing to inspire crafters, but the packaging has become eco-friendly by removing the plastic film window in the front of the mini-kit. In addition, three new models are added to the range of mini kits; Teddy bear, turtle and dragon.

With over 20,000 products, low minimum orders and a huge range of online and in-store POS marketing materials available, as well as options for live demo events, ExaClair Limited is able to offer you a comprehensive support package to help you boost sales! As tasters, they will lead Decopatch workshops at the show.

Visit the sales team at stand M400 to find out more or email for more details. The London Stationery Show runs from 17-18 May 2022 at the Business Design Centre.

Crafting boosts creativity and reduces pandemic stress Sun, 03 Apr 2022 06:55:28 +0000

When Girija Kaimal feels anxious, she often turns to crochet or fabric work to calm herself down.

“I have certain role models that I like to do,” she says, “and that just reinforces to me that all is well in the world, and I can still contribute to it in a meaningful way.”

Kaimal is president of the American Art Therapy Association, based in Alexandria, Virginia, and believes in the mental health benefits of getting creative.

Many people have taken to crafts, from knitting and beading to adult coloring books, during the pandemic. The stress of the past two years has had an emotional impact on Americans of all ages.

“A lot of crafts also have a sort of repetitive, meditative quality to them that can be very calming,” says Carolyn Mehlomakulu, an art therapist who runs a blog called Creativity in Therapy.

Crafting can be anything that activates our creative impulses, from gardening and cooking to making collages, says Dr. Jeremy Nobel, Harvard Medical School faculty member and founder of the Foundation for Art & Healing at Brookline, Mass.

“Any activity that engages our imagination, puts us in the moment, and allows us to produce something beautiful, provocative, or irresistible matters,” he says.

Music lessons have also taken off during the pandemic, as have home improvement projects.

Plus, there’s always time to create, even during the working day.

“It could be knitting on your lunch break or gluing while listening to a Zoom call,” says Essence Jackson-Jones of Imani Wellness Art & Healing in Chicago.

How to find the job that suits you?

It depends on the person and what makes them feel relaxed and in control. For some, that means learning something new. For others, it means falling back into something familiar.

“You can kind of feel it,” suggests Caroline Tye of Dandelion Art Therapy in Chicago. “Is coloring enjoyable? Is watercolor more relaxing, or is it too out of control and you prefer to use pen and paper? You have to play with what makes you happy. well at that time. It can change and change all the time too.”

And don’t worry if you’re a “good” artist.

“Whatever you do, whatever you create is fine,” Mehlomakulu says. “It doesn’t have to be perfect. Try to speak kindly to each other. Remember that it’s okay for it to be a challenge when you learn something new, and you stick with it and don’t. ‘Don’t give up… Just try to enjoy the process and have fun with it.’

YouTube has thousands of how-to videos on everything from drawing to knitting to sewing.

“We’re all artists,” says Tye. “Go for it and you’ll increase your ability to see that you’re really good at it.”

Girija Kaimal holds a clay craft piece in this photo from 2018. Kaimal is president of the American Art Therapy Association, based in Alexandria, Va., and believes in the mental health benefits of creativity. (Peggy Peterson Photography via AP)