With Super & Super’s monthly Stitch and Bitch meet up coming up at Nottingham’s Malt Cross, I decided to push myself out and make an effort, figuring at the very least I'd get a good hot chocolate out of it.
What surprised me was the breadth of conversation through the groups, as it bounced from “naff” handicrafts now back in trend (hello macrame) to teaching, to letting kids near your sewing stuff, to card games, to rubbish birthday cards, crafting and mental health… Craft was the trend, but everything was open for discussion.
There was something wonderfully reassuring about being among like minds, knowing crafty questions, observations and “is it just me, or…?” Would be welcomed and understood as everyone had similar thoughts and experiences.
That’s probably what stopped me flinging my travelling craft project across the room when it went wrong. Foolishly I hadn't tested the beads I was using, and I realised almost as I finished that they had been cracking as I'd been tightening the wire they were on. If I'd been at home alone at that point, I'd have been a taaaaad frustrated at the wasted time. As it was, I’d enjoyed the evening, so I just stripped the project down, joked about it with the others, and took out my sketch book instead.
There may not be a similar open crafty meet up near you, but if you can find something like it, perhaps dedicated to your chosen creative pursuit or to one you want to learn, hopefully you'll find people just as open and conversation just as diverse. Go on, get out there!
Find out when Malt Cross are hosting Super & Super's next Stitch and Bitch here.
Why not look for events near you titled:
Stitch and bitch
Drink and draw
Dr Sketchy - Is there a local meet near you?