Last night I attended the monthly meeting of my local sewing group. I've been a member for more than a year now. We're a neighborhood group of the St. Louis chapter of the American Sewing Guild. The ladies in the group are generous with their interest in each others' projects, assistance with learning new techniques, contributions to the "free stuff" destash table, charitable sewing, and snacks. They are not good at publicizing their good works and recruiting new members. I'm one of the very few members who is under the age of 40. Last night a couple of us talked about ways to raise our public profile and help potential new members find us. So lurkers, I'm curious. Do you have sewing friends in real life? Would you ever consider joining a group? Is the perception of sewing groups as grandmas showing off appliqued sweatshirts too strong to overcome? What activities would appeal to you?
If you're curious, and you're in my neck of the woods, you can check out the Belleville sewing group in action. At our September meeting we are doing a sit-and-sew to make caps for cancer patients. New faces are always welcome, with or without sewing skills. E-mail me for details: chronicallyuncool at gmail dot com.