We–Arctic Needle (shop), Arctic Needleworkers (guild), and Funk & Weber Designs (me)–had our second and final Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy Bookmark Make-It/Take-It on Saturday at the Muldoon Branch library in Anchorage.Wa-hoo! We had a smaller turnout here than at the main branch last week, but everyone stayed busy. Most guild members mentored one new stitcher at a time, which is a great, relaxing way to share the experience. It seemed that all participants picked up the technique–even the 5-year-old!–so I’d say we had a 100% success rate! It doesn’t get better than that. Because it was more relaxed, I was able to chat with everyone about the available needlework opportunities and resources in town, which I hope will enable anyone interested to locate what s/he wants or needs to pursue the craft. It would be fun to expand the local stitching community, even though I’m rarely there to enjoy it.One of the participants inquired about doing a needlework event with her daughter’s girl scout troop. Yeah-huh. Sign me up! And another member, who also lives outside of town, suggested arranging some programs closer to our homes. You betcha! I hope this is just the beginning.A HUGE thank-you to everyone who supported the program (The Gentle Art, Norden Crafts, Weeks Dye Works), helped with the program (Anchorage public libraries, guild members, Karen and Ann at Arctic Needle), and came out to enjoy the program!
Categories: Needle and ThREAD
Wow, Jen! What great work. I love to see those kids getting involved. It looks like a terrific event!
I thought it was great! I, too, enjoy working with the kids, although it’s not like I don’t enjoy working with the adults. I hope some guild members want to continue with it.
I really need to do something right here in my home community.