I’ve always said that things in life are cyclic and trends certainly seem to go that way. Years and years ago women (and it was mainly women back then) used to gather together and craft as a group. This wasn’t only done for social reasons, but so that skills could be shared between generations, as well as the practical issues like sharing childcare and saving fuel by only heating the one venue where people were meeting.
After years in which crafters seemed to work at home on their own it now appears to me to have gone full circle with more and more people (of all ages, and both male and female) coming together to craft, either informally in knitting groups or sewing bees, but also in slightly more formal workshops.
As someone self employed, who juggles working at home with looking after young children, I personally love the fact that my main social activities involve meeting friends whilst also crafting with them. Both my weekly knitting group and my monthly WI meetings are highlights in my diary and I feel that I have gained so much learning from and working alongside people who share my crafting passions, as well as having a huge amount of fun and making some great friends. I also love the fact that venues are popping up around the country that allow people to gather and have a drink, be it a cuppa or a cocktail, and do something whilst meeting with friends. To be honest it would be my absolute dream to have somewhere like that locally here in St Albans.
Super+Super is one such place in Brighton; a space for craft and co-working. But, to take their crafting message further afield they have also produced two new books which I am dying to get my hands on: embroidery and printmaking. If that’s not exciting enough, Claire and Amy from Super+Super are also heading to London next week where they are going to be hosting a free workshop at Drink, Shop & Do where you will learn how to make a colourful wall hanging using a cotton tote bag, and either printing or embroidery. You’ll also be able to buy copies of their books on the evening too.
I am so looking forward to going along to this – not only to learn, but also to meet likeminded crafters. The full details of the event are below, but please let me know if you’re going as I’d love to say hello.
Super+Super at Drink, Shop & Do, Kings Cross, London
Monday 19th January at 7pm
You can book a space by contacting Drink, Shop & Do (firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7278 4335) or you can just turn up on the night.
Hopefully see some of you there!
Disclaimer: No compensation has been received for this post, but I will be attending this free workshop. This post contains affiliate links – after all I have a mortgage to pay and kids to feed!