Welcome to Dora Does, where crochet meets intentional living.
A self declared crochet addict, I started my blog, Doralosophy, to share my crochet designs, tutorials, tips and tricks. Very quickly it became more than that, as I started to write pieces about thoughtful living, mental health and personal growth and how crochet has helped with all of the above.
It is my goal to share these benefits with you and show you how creativity can help you to build confidence, reduce stress, increase self awareness and improve daily wellbeing.
Crochet, and many other creative crafts, are great ‘flow’ activities, which are scientifically proven to increase your happy hormones and reduce stress and anxiety. That’s why these two seemingly unrelated topics, wellbeing and crochet, actually go hand in hand.
I am seriously passionate about them both… like to geek level!
My main life goal is to be the best me I can be, and Dora Does is my opportunity to try and help you do the same. In addition to finding some crochet inspiration, I hope you will find something here which resonates or makes you see something from a new perspective.
If the mindful aspect is not for you, then please just stay to enjoy the crochet and yarny goodness instead!
To put it simply, designing crochet items keeps me sane, I would do it all day every day if I could!
I am full to bursting with ideas and love trying out new techniques and stitch patterns – even when they don’t always turn out the way I planned!
I particularly love to design wearables and home decor pieces. My style is simple, colourful, modern and playful.
There is a famous William Morris quote I try to keep in mind when designing:
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
I hope you see this reflected in my design portfolio which you can find in the crochet pattern section.
Noun: “Dora’s study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, existence, mind, art and crochet.”
Read the blog to find free and paid crochet patterns, my creative experiments and thought pieces about life’s important and trivial questions. It’s an eclectic mix just like me but there’s something for everyone!
I also offer professional services including crochet pattern writing, technical editing, copywriting and VA services. I’m passionate about the creative industry and teaming up with independent businesses, so get in touch if you would like to know more or want to discuss a collaboration.