By Jillian Flack
All around campus, many students find that sewing and crocheting is a great way for one to express both themselves and their emotions. This can help one to better understand their feelings, even those that can be confusing. Along with this, there are many different techniques to help one’s sewing and crocheting skills to improve significantly.
Although it can be difficult to sew and crochet in the beginning, there are a large number of techniques that can help improve one’s skills considerably. To help a sewer’s stitches to stay in the material better when sewing by hand, they could make smaller, tighter stitches. This is useful in keeping the material to stay together for longer, helping one to get more use out of their finished product. Using this method can also help the stitching to be less noticeable, which can help make the creation look neater and more professional. Along with this, marking the fabric one is sewing with can help the finished product look better. This can help a sewer have plans for their creations, which can lower the chances of sewing the wrong part of the material. By using this technique, one can help increase their chance of sewing success significantly.
While there are many methods to improve one’s sewing, there are also a myriad of crocheting techniques. To make the creation look nicer, It is recommended by many not to switch crochet hooks in the middle of a project. This can cause the stitches of crocheters’ creations to be less consistent since switching crocheting hooks often makes stitches that look different from the others. This can occur even if the hooks are the same size. By using this technique, a crocheter can help make their creations look neater and more consistent. Freshman Danielle Remington,a crocheter, advises, “Just keep practicing and get, like, the supplies that’s [sic] right for you, like, don’t start off with a bunch of fancy ones, like, a bunch of yarn and stuff. Just get basic yarn [and a] basic hook and see if you enjoy it.” With this, one can improve their crocheting skills by practicing often. Through practice, one is able to better understand how to create the desired product and what materials are needed. This can help the creations to be finished quicker and to look nicer.
An abundance of people also find that partaking in sewing and crocheting is a beneficial way of self-expression. These activities can also assist one in showing their emotions through their works, which can be useful for one to better understand emotions that can be confusing. This can assist one in figuring out how to move forward when dealing with difficult situations. Along with this, sewing and crocheting can also help many to express themselves, which can help one to convey who they truly are, despite what others may think. When one expresses themselves through crocheting and sewing, it can help them to better understand one’s thoughts and opinions. For many, this can be more helpful than attempting to explain themselves in words since people channel their emotions into their creations.
Sewing and crocheting can be both enjoyable and difficult, but through practice, one can improve their skills significantly and can use sewing and crocheting as a way to express themselves. Utilizing these arts is not only entertaining, but can also help one to better understand and show others their emotions.