I have decided to try and set up a craft club in the village where I live. Not many of my close friends share my enthusiasm for crafting, in fact most think that I am barking! Why would anyone want to spend all that time hand stitching a quilt? I couldn't be bothered with all that is a common phrase I hear mentioned. Well in all honesty, I think they are the ones with the problem. There is nothing so fullfilling as making something pretty for the house or even a present for someone and watching the joy as they open it, for I must say that most of my pals do appreciate what I make for them, even though they don't necessarily get why I do it!
I know that there is a wealth of talent amonst the ladies in the village, so an advert on the newsletter has drawn forth around 7 potential members. Whilst this is perhaps a small number we all have different skills that can be passed on to each other.
Initially, we are going to meet in someone's front room and see where it takes us. For me it is a chance to sit and craft without feeling guilty. A lot of the time I feel I should be doing something else like the ironing or cleaning the loo. Or there is the distraction of the phone, the man person, my little cherub etc. This will give us all the chance to sit and chat and do what we enjoy best.
For me, quilting is the thing that is getting me most excited at the moment. I love sourcing the material, playing around with the colours and deciding what goes where. I am not so keen on the cutting out, but once I get going it is such fun watching it all come together. I particularly love hand sewing the shapes together, which I find very theraputic, though I do confess to using a machine for the actual quilting part of it.
I am really excited about it all. We have our inaugural meeting in a couple of weeks time, so watch this space. All the quilts and crafts above were part of an exhibition that I went to a while ago, and it is what I hope to aspire to someday.
If anyone out there belongs to a craft group, I would love to hear from you with any thoughts or ideas on how to make ours a success.