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Friday, 23 September 2016

Sew...you want to start a sewing group?

Hot tea

This is my third cup of tea in as many hours. I hope I actually get to finish it before it goes cold, unlike the previous ones.

I thought it would be sew simple 

(bad pun intended)

It's been a busy week. I've been involved with creating a local sewing and craft group with a few other like minded people.

There's been a flurry of organising and arranging, coordinating people and times, creating facebook groups and polls, finding a suitable place for weekly events that meet our needs in terms of space, affordability, location and access to facilities, such as tables, power outlets, water, and toilets.

At times the whole endeavour was starting to look impossible due to all the legal requirements for hiring a hall on a regular basis. Not only was the hourly fee starting to mount up, but our group would also need public liability insurance, to get insurance a group needs to be incorporated, to be incorporated there has to be a committee with a president, treasurer and secretary, or something like that.

Then there is a need for voting, bookkeeping, and the list goes on. Who knew a simple idea to meet up with a few crafty people could turn into such a complicated red-tape-a-thon so quickly? All because of the litigious nature of society these days.

In the end someone knew someone who was part of an already active community that has all of that infrastructure in place already and this community group has been keen for some time to develop a crafty circle to further enrich their already diverse community activities.

This lovely person spoke with the committee on our behalf and it looks like we are going to become members of the community group and they will take care of all the red tape for us, which means we just need to come up with membership fees and some small change each week to cover hall hire costs. We got together and discussed all of the ins and outs of how stuff would work and how money would be handled and all that boring stuff so the more important business of crafting could get under way as quickly as possible.

I'm really looking forward to having some dedicated craft/sewing time each week with like minded people, and to actually finishing some more projects!

What should you do if you want to start your own sewing or crafting group? 


I suggest you do what we did. Build a Facebook group, invite like minded people and get some feedback on who wants to do what, and when they can do it. Assume that only about 1 in 5 people will speak up.

Hold a meet and greet at a cafe or park. Realise you won't be able to please everyone every time, especially in terms of times and locations. Let those who miss out know they were heard and that they will hopefully be accommodated in the future.

Worry about formal stuff later, it's very likely it will sort itself out somehow but you can always reach out to local groups and associations and see if they can help out in any way, asking in local Facebook communities is a great place to find the right people.

Whatever you do, don't get discouraged by the odd hurdle or lack of interest, if it's just you and one other person that meet up that first time that's a great start, people will often hang back and see how things go first. Talk about it and put the word out there, keep at it and watch it build.

By the way, I got to finish my tea this time.

Okay, I know that a cup of tea is a bit of stretch for a Finish It Friday project but I know you've all been there and had those days where attempting to finish that cuppa is worthy of being termed a 'project'. I promise to bring you many more 'real' projects soon.


#FinishItFriday



See previous Finish It Friday projects.

4 comments:

  1. It's usually coffee for me, but I do know that finishing a cup while hot can be a feat in itself some days. So, congrats on your finish, lol.
    Actually, it sounds like you got quite a bit done! Hey, you finished the first stages of getting your group together, right? There may be more to go, but starting is the first step towards finishing.
    Thanks for the tips - I've been considering starting a local crochet group, but I have no idea where to start.

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    1. I used to drink a lot of coffee, but seeing as I've always had a bit of trouble with getting to sleep I cut right back to just one morning coffee. I tend to only drink tea during winter.
      I wasn't really sure where to start with trying to get a group together either, but I joined a few local facebook groups and jumped in on some sewing conversations, I quite deliberately steered the conversation toward a sewing group and as soon as there were a comment or two of interest I created my own facebook group and invited those people, they invited more people and it's been steadily growing from there.

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  2. Stella, I'm so proud of you! You started, and finished with an idea, and got accomplished what you began!! Looks finished to me! Anf congrats on the tea win, as well!!

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    1. I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed finally getting to drink that tea!

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