In this survey research study, a convenience sample (N = 821) of women textile handcrafters reported the frequency and pattern of their handcraft making, reasons for creating with fibers, and whether they used handcrafts to change difficult moods. These variables were examined in relationship to several measures and indicators of well-being. Women who used textile handcrafts to change mood reported more success, rejuvenation, and engagement than women who did not use textile methods to cope. The overall sample reported well-being indicators that were at least average, engaged in their art form quite frequently, and reported high mastery with several different techniques. The most important reasons given for engaging in textile making were the need to have beautiful aesthetics, to feel grounded, and to cope. The implications of these findings for art therapy are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Complementary and Manual Therapy
- Clinical Psychology