Crafting is more fun with friends. But what if none of your friends are into being crafty? No matter where you live, there are crafty and creative people around, you just have to find them!
So how can you find these crafty & creative people who also want to turn crafting into a social activity? Here are our top tips.
1) Ask your friends. I know, you said that none of your friends are into crafting. But have you asked them? Lots of people loved to craft as kids, or have always wanted to craft, but then life got in the way. People aren’t always comfortable talking about crafting – and here at Urban Craft Collective we’re trying to change that attitude – so ask them if they’re interested and you might uncover a new side of your friendship.
2) Search online for groups. If you live near an urban area or university, chances are there is a crafty meetup near you. One of our favorite sites for finding crafting groups is Meetup.com. You can also look at specialty sites like Ravelry.com for knit and crochet groups. If you’ve never looked, you may be surprised at how many different groups are available.
3) Ask your Local Yarn Shop or Craft store. Lots of times local yarn shops and craft stores will organize groups or classes where you can meet other crafters. If they don’t organize one, they’ll at least know of any groups that are in the area. And if there aren’t any, express your interest and see if they can put you in touch with other crafters in the future.
4) Start one yourself. This might be the scariest option, but ‘starting a group’ doesn’t require much organization if it’s informal and everyone brings their own projects. Advertise a local crafting meetup at a cafe or pub. Pick the same time each week, and ideally find one or two other buddies who are willing to attend the first few weeks with you. Put flyers on a community board, or pay a little bit of money and start a Meetup.com group! Everyone pays for their own food/drink and brings their own projects and supplies – it’s just a chance to take your crafting social!
How have you found your tribe of fellow crafters? Let us know your tips in the comments!