Why Craft Groups are Great
For many, they craft in the privacy of their home. Whether this is due to the fact that they do not know anyone else who crafts or just because it is easier, it is something that many of us do. But, there are many different groups out there that would love for you to join them and do your crafting with them. There does not have to be money or a time commitment when you join these groups either.
The benefit of joining a craft group is that you have time dedicated to working on your project. This is great for the person who is busy and just does not find the time otherwise. Another great reason to join a group is that they can help you when you have problems with a pattern; in that they can help you read it or get through that tricky part that is giving you grief. Of course, it’s just a great chance to get out, meet some new people and possibly make a few new friends.
I belong to two different groups and they are both very different. The first is a craft guild that has been around for 70 years. They meet every week from September to April and there is a yearly fee to join. There are about a dozen different crafts that are part of this guild – crochet, knitting, needlepoint, hardanger, quilting and more. The other group meets at a coffee shop every week. There is no membership but it is just assumed you will buy a coffee or other treat when you come out. This group is much more fluid due to the casual nature of it.
Both of these groups have their benefits and their downsides. For instance, the guild has a teacher for all crafts and if you are having issues, they are there to help you. As well, chances are any of the other members can help. You can also change crafts each year and learn the different ones that are there. But on the downside, due to the way it is organized, you can only work on your specific craft there for the year. As well, due to the setup, they have a board and they are always looking for people to serve on the board and help with the various duties.
With my Sunday group, it is a chance to get out of the house and meet with others. It is currently only promoted to knitters and people who crochet, but that may be changing as time goes on. With this group, due to the fluidity, it is hard to know if people will be out each week so there is a chance of crafting alone. You also may not be able to get help if you get stuck. But, it is a great way to meet some new people and make some new friends.
If you are looking to meet up with others, there are a variety of places to look to find out where people in your community may be meeting up at. Check local classified sites and see if they have posted there. If you are on Facebook or other social sites, do a search for your city and your craft. You can also do a similar search in your favourite search engine. If you knit or crochet, check out Ravelry and see if a group has been created for your city and that posts about meetings.