Contemplative Crochet: A Hands-On Guide for Interlocking Faith & Craft by Cindy Crandall-Frazier
With Hook in Hand, Enrich Your Spiritual Practice and Renew Your Awareness of the Connections of Creativity to Spirit
What can you learn about yourself through your crocheting? What deeper symbolism lies behind the loops and patterns that you create? How can this simple activity help you make your way down a spiritual path? Delve into these questions and more in this imaginative book that will become your spiritual friend, your teacher and your sanctuary. Follow the crochet journeys of the author and other crocheters to discover how they have used their crocheting to explore and strengthen their spiritual selves, and how you can do the same. In this joyful and engaging look at a time-honored craft, you will discover ways to:
Find a Sense of Fullness and Gratitude
Have More within a Structure of Less
Combine the Spiritual Practices of Meditation and Prayer
Cindy Crandall-Frazier is the author of Single Crochet for Beginners and Sock Doll Workshop: 30 Delightful Dolls to Create and Cherish. She is an educator and member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker).
Linda Skolnik created one of the most popular knitting resources in the world—Patternworks, a high-end knitting mail order company whose catalog has become a knitting bible for the world's most passionate knitters.She is co-author of The Knitting Way: A Guide to Spiritual Self-Discovery (SkyLight Paths).
Table of Contents
Index of Projects vi Foreword vii Introduction ix
1 • Roots and Wings: Soaring while Keeping Our Feet on the Ground 1 2 • Plenty: Finding a Sense of Fullness and Gratitude 15 3 • The Power of Limits: Having More within a Structure of Less 35 4 • Meditation Meets Prayer: Two Practices in One 51 5 • Circles and Cycles: The Art, Meaning, and Use of Mandalas 69 6 • Prayers on a String: Tools for Intensifying Practice 87 7 • Pathfinding: Finding Our Way with Crochet 107 8 • From Heart to Hand: Sharing Our Craft 123 9 • The Creative Spirit: Making Crochet Uniquely Ours 147 10 • The Blessings of Hands: An Appreciation of the Hand that Holds the Hook 165
A Concluding Letter 183 Acknowledgments 184 Suggestions for Further Reading 185
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