Monday, 16 June 2008

Craft Club

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.
Devina XX


Miss sew n sew said...

Glad you enjoyed your holiday wow that villa looks fab really beautiful hope your toe is getting better!!
Your craft club sounds good and it will be nice to meet other people with the same interests as you it can feel lonely crafting on your own look good luck with it all!

Marja Kristiina said...

That sounds wonderful, Devina, thumbs up! Never mind the barking, as you point out, the problem is theirs, not yours. Full force ahead!

I know, it would be wonderful to sit down over a cup of coffee and to exapand one's horizons. Obviously, with the UK being a big country, I know a thing or two about it plus have visited it many times.

There are appr. half a million summer cottages in Finland. They are usually visited over the weekends or during summer holidays. If they are situated relatively close to one's house (say, within 100 miles), some even stay there throughout the summer and commute to work. School's out from June first until mid-August. Traditional Finnish cottages are built of logs and they are usually situated by water (we have 190 thousand lakes). The facilities vary from cottages with no electricity (wood burning ovens used for heating) or running water but wells, to fully equipped luxury getaway villas with jacuzzis and high-tech kitchens. Ours falls somewhat in between these two extremes :-)

This Midsummer thingie is a 3-day event, all of them bank holidays, basically.

Take care!

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Devina, What a wonderful idea!I am in exactly the same situation! While my friends respect what I like doing, quilting, sewing, gardening, etc....They all think I am a bit nuts! They also lead such incredibly fast paced lives that they think they never have time or desire to learn any of it! I think it is terribly unfortunate!...However, maybe I should take your lead & start a group too!?...Just found your blog & already love it!...Heidi :)