ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Pull out the paintbrushes, clay, fabric, glass, wood, flowers, metal, paper, or whatever kind of art supplies you need because March is National Craft Month!
National Craft Month was established in 1994 by the Association for Creative Industries (ADCI) to help people discover their hidden talents and introduce them to creative outlets they never tried before.
Crafting is also a great way for people to start small businesses.
In addition, crafting can be a successful tool for relaxation, especially after a stressful day. Health experts say making crafts can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression, or chronic pain; ease stress; increase happiness; and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.
On Thursday, March 18, WFXR News took a journey to Crafteria: Handmade Food & Goods — a restored cafeteria building from the mid-1900s located at 16 Church Avenue SW in Roanoke — to meet co-founder Mark Lynn Ferguson and explore the world of crafts.
In addition to a coffee shop, a record store, food windows, and more, Crafteria: Handmade Food & Goods houses a makers market representing more than 60 crafters.
WFXR News’ Hazelmarie Anderson spent Thursday morning making soap with Wes Reynolds of Sun & Spruce Soaps, “needle felting” a wool mushroom on a stump with visual artist Hillary Hardison, and putting the finish on a cutting board with woodworker Tom Maples of Maples Wood Shop.
You can watch videos of the various crafts below: