Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Stitch Together: Finding a Stitching Group

Stitch Together - &Stitches

Finding a group of like-minded stitchy people can be an amazing thing, and there are quite a few ways that I have gone about finding stitching groups in my area. Here's a few pointers to help you get in touch with local crafters!

The library
The first stitching group I found was through a nearby library. They hosted a fiber group every other Thursday evening. The majority of people knitted or crocheted, but there were a few other cross-stitchers there. My local library also has a monthly knitting group that I have been meaning to go to with stitching in hand.

Check out your library's calendar, you might be surprised to find a craft night.

Local needlework or quilting shops
If you have a local needlework shop, check and see if they offer any open stitching times. You could also check out quilting stores; my local quilt shop has a UFO Night twice a month where people go and work on any manner of unfinished projects. Obviously the majority of people are there to work on quilting, but I've found several people embroidering there. Don't be afraid to check out other craft nights even if they aren't specifically cross stitching or embroidery. So many crafters dabble in multiple crafts, you never know what kind of conversation you'll strike up if you bring your stitching along.
Check out and you might find a craft group in the area. If not then maybe you should take the lead and start one!

You can search by category and there is a Hobbies & Crafts option. Unfortunately, there is only one knitting group in my area, but you might have better luck depending on where you live.

If you aren't able to find any groups, why not create your own? Most libraries have meeting rooms that can be used for free, and if your needlework shop doesn't offer a stitching time they might be open to the suggestion and be willing to start one up.

If you start a group it would be great to make a page or start a Facebook group so you can have a place to send people for information. Coffee shops and book stores usually have comfy chairs and room for a few people to get together for some crafting, and both Michaels and Joann Fabrics have classroom spaces that groups can use for free.  Remember, if you are a crafter looking for a group, there's a good chance there are others out there who are too!

Do you have any suggestions for other ways to find a stitching group? Or have you successfully started your own? Share your tips in the comments!

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