Recently we set up a new group, where we meet once a fortnight in each other’s homes for two hours of sewing / knitting / other craft work.   I find this very enjoyable for a variety of reasons.

Firstly, it’s nice to meet in a relaxed setting with friends.    You hear people’s news on an on-going basis.  Not everyone can attend every time, so the dynamics are always subtly different.

Secondly you don’t often set aside 2 hours of peak working time to concentrate entirely on your work so you make encouraging progress.

Thirdly it is amazing and stimulating to look at the truly lovely things that others are producing.   My colleagues’ work makes me feel that my efforts are somewhat bodged and pulled together affairs;  but I love watching them progress.   We have people just learning new skills, and we have extremely accomplished craftswomen.   There are beautiful quilts being made, a gorgeous patched silk jacket, articles for babies, tapestry work, knitted garments.   During the few months the group has been operating, I have completed:  a quilt and a bag to hold it for Dana, a nightdress for Erin, the dog blanket dress, a yellow and black quilt for Rory and Sarah’s new room, a mat made of African animal pictures, 3 cushions with the same animal for Ewan, curtains, 2 cushion covers and a tie-back for Elisabeth, a Harris tweed bag for Joanna,  a cord and plaid handbag, a pair of man’s pyjama bottoms, and a black and yellow dress.   They haven’t all been made at the group meeting of course, but I usually show my colleagues  (hoping they don’t examine the stitching too closely!)

You can always ask for advice; borrow a pattern;  acquire a nice button or a ribbon from somebody else’s collection;  borrow a craft book;  use their pinking shears etc.   Also if you feel so inclined, you can just go and sit with your work in your lap, and let 2 hours slip past while doing nothing at all.   How often can you do this in pleasant, easy company?


About adhocannie
I am a good natured woman with a long memory and a swift tongue. I like loooking at things and thinking about them. Also food, clothes, travel, reading, sewing. I try to see the ridiculous in things, but sobriety of reflection keeps edgting in. I have husband, children, grandchildren, friends... I feel rich in things that matter. I am a happy exile. I like writing. I do not like talking about me (though I do.). You willl be much more interesting.

2 Responses to DOING IT IN GROUPS

  1. Kate Kent says:

    Your own Anne Armstrong Great Sewing Bee!

    • adhocannie says:

      I do enjoy that programme but think it would be awful to a) have to do things you had no interest in (ie customise a T shirt; make a prom dress); and b) to it to a time deadline!

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