Crafts during difficult times

  • In Ireland, during the famine of the 1840s, crochet schools were established to train impoverished farming families to make lace for export that grew into an art form.
  • During World War I, French peasant women cross-stitched military scenes that were sold to raise funds.
  • After the war, shell-shocked soldiers were prescribed embroidery therapy.
  • In London, people sheltering from the blitz were encouraged to pass the time by knitting.

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Getting Through a Pandemic With Old-Fashioned Crafts

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Crafts

Handicrafts such as crochet, knitting, and embroidery—traditionally practiced by women and by the elderly—carry passive associations.

Counting the movements of hooks and needles, row after row, requires patience, focus, and persistence. This, combined with the mental health benefits of crafting, is needed to weather a disaster that's defined by waiting.

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Many have turned to yarn crafts as a form of stress relief.

You can learn too. To crochet, or knit, or cross-stitch is to make something and to make sense of it, creating something lasting out of solitude.

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Special powers attributed to gems

Many legends from different cultures share the idea that jewels are of divine or superhuman origin.

  • The Amythyst was said to have been created from the tears of the Greek god Dionysus.
  • The onyx from Venus's fingernails.
  • Opals are said to be created when the Aboriginals' ancestral God came to Earth in a rainbow.
  • Moonstone was believed to be a way of communicating with the gods.
  • Jade still is used to attract good fortune,
  • Rubies are said to help in warfare.
  • Emeralds to protect travellers,
  • Diamonds to have powers over love and health.
  • Pearls were a symbol of power for kings, queens, Maharajas, and Chinese Emperors.

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How jewellery got personal

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Two of the biggest innovations

Two of the biggest innovations of modern times are cars and airplanes. At first, every new invention looks like a toy. It takes decades for people to realise the potential of it.

  • Adolphus Greely, a brigadier general, was one of the first people outside the car industry to consider the usefulness of a "horseless carriage." He bought three cars in 1899 for the U.S. Army to experiment with. It was envisioned to be used as transportation of light artillery such as machine guns, to carry equipment, ammunition, and supplies.
  • The Wright brothers saw the prospects of their new flying machine to be used as a reconnoitering agent in a time of war. The U.S. Army purchased the first "flyer" in 1908.

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When The Magic Happens

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you can choose how to spend your 168 hours, and you have more time than you think.

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