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Hope, make, heal : 20 crafts to mend the heart / Maya Pagán Donenfeld.

By: Donenfeld, Maya Pagán.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boulder, Colorado : Roost Books, 2016Description: xiii, 127 p. : colour illustrations ; 21 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781611802009 (pbk.); 9781611802009 (pbk.).Subject(s): Handicraft -- Therapeutic use | Handicraft -- Psychological aspects | Functional foods | Cooking, American | Indians of North America -- Food | Traditional medicineGenre/Form: Cookbooks.DDC classification: 745.5 Summary: "For anyone seeking renewal and restoration during life’s transitions and after deep loss, Hope, Make, Heal offers a unique approach to healing: using one’s hands to mend the heart. The twenty craft projects provide ways to make tangible objects that signify the qualities one seeks on a healing path: strength, calm, release, and hope. Full of gentle encouragement, each project is easy to make and suitable for those times when our minds are preoccupied and our spirits are low"--Publisher's description.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A welcome companion to anyone suffering a great loss--20 inspiring craft projects to help work through grief, from the author of Reinvention .

For anyone seeking renewal and restoration during life's transitions and after deep loss, Hope, Make, Heal offers a unique approach to healing: using one's hands to mend the heart. The twenty craft projects provide ways to make tangible objects that signify the qualities one seeks on a healing path: strength, calm, release, and hope. Full of gentle encouragement, each project is easy to make and suitable for those times when our minds are preoccupied and our spirits are low.

Grief and pain are universal experiences that touch everyone at one time or another. When we grieve, most of us reach for the steady hand of loved ones. But even if we're blessed with an understanding community, a deep sense of isolation comes with tragedy. No one else stands in our shoes. Rarely is there another person who can understand just what it means to be you.

For maker and artist Maya Donenfeld, when faced with the trauma of a sudden and unexpected ending to her marriage of sixteen years, she yearned to find something that would allow her to focus and channel her powerful flood of emotions into something she could see and touch. Knowing that busy hands can profoundly nurture the heart and quiet the mind, she began making things to wear, carry, touch, and gaze upon--beautiful and expressive objects that were simple, intentional, and most of all, meaningful. The result is the collection of projects here. This book offers a unique approach to mending wounds with inspiring projects that integrate hand, heart, and mind with thread, ink, and more. The projects encourage renewal and restoration during life's transitions and after deep loss. Each one offers comfort and support and is designed to have a personal impact on the maker and those around them. It's a resource for personal healing and a gift for your friend in need.

"For anyone seeking renewal and restoration during life’s transitions and after deep loss, Hope, Make, Heal offers a unique approach to healing: using one’s hands to mend the heart. The twenty craft projects provide ways to make tangible objects that signify the qualities one seeks on a healing path: strength, calm, release, and hope. Full of gentle encouragement, each project is easy to make and suitable for those times when our minds are preoccupied and our spirits are low"--Publisher's description.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  • Foreword (p. xi)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Wounded (p. 5)
  • Open-Heart Journal (p. 13)
  • Inner Altar (p. 17)
  • Lights for the End of the Tunnel (p. 19)
  • Breathe Cuff (p. 23)
  • Rest-Easy Spray (p. 27)
  • Nourish: Rooted Stew (p. 29)
  • Synchronicity (p. 31)
  • Mandala Mirror (p. 37)
  • Nest and Egg (p. 41)
  • Dream Mobile (p. 45)
  • Wise Cap (p. 47)
  • Blank Canvas (p. 50)
  • Nourish: Spicy Sisters Stew (p. 52)
  • Healing (p. 55)
  • Stability Bolster (p. 61)
  • Nautical Necklace (p. 65)
  • Permission Ships (p. 69)
  • Renewal Cards (p. 73)
  • Sheltered Shawl (p. 77)
  • Nourish: Sailing Smoothie (p. 81)
  • Reinvention (p. 83)
  • Scarfiette (p. 89)
  • Growing Hope (p. 93)
  • Survival Satchel (p. 97)
  • Power Poncho (p. 101)
  • Feathered (p. 105)
  • Nourish: Sunrise Smoothie (p. 111)
  • Tools and Techniques (p. 113)
  • Templates (p. 117)
  • Resources for Support during Life's Transitions (p. 125)
  • About the Contributors (p. 127)
  • About the Author (p. 129)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

The meditative qualities of crafting take center stage in this collection of creative projects intended to help crafters improve their well-being. Donenfeld (Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials) divides her projects into four categories: wounded, synchronicity, healing, and reinvention. Each category begins with an essay and a guided meditation inviting crafters to relax and connect with their inner selves, followed by a series of basic craft projects intended to assist with the process of healing from emotional traumas. The projects begin with an affirmation, such as "I am strong" or "I am growing," followed by paragraphs of introduction and a "heart prompt" designed to guide the creative process. The projects are simple, allowing crafters to focus on the intention while creating the finished object. There's a distinctly New Age feel to the content-it's a mishmash of mindfulness, affirmations, touchy-feely self-help, aromatherapy, and motifs (e.g., mandalas, dreamcatchers) borrowed from non-Western cultures, as well as occasional recipes for smoothies and vegan soups. VERDICT Donenfeld's approach isn't for everyone, but the intended audience will embrace this collection wholeheartedly. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.