The Church of Craft

July 28, 2010, 14:27 pm  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

How do I craft my life? Well, it all starts with making time to craft. On the second Monday of every month, I do just that with the Church of Craft. No, it’s not some bizarre cult…although participants do sometimes bring offerings (i.e. sweets to share!). It’s a craft group where everyone brings something to work on, and together we chat and laugh and craft in the front lobby of Lark. These are the Mondays I love the most.

The Church of Craft started in the Bay Area in the spring of 2000 when three friends hatched the idea to gather and form a community around craft. With the help of the Internet, the founding members discovered an easy way to bring people together—from online to in-person. Thus, the Church of Craft was born.

Fast forward to 2010, where there are now thirteen chapters of the Church of Craft, throughout the United States, and even as far as Manchester, UK. The mission is always the same: bring a portable project, and gather once a month to craft together as a group. Go to a Church of Craft meeting and you’ll see knitters sitting next to painters, bookmakers beside embroiderers, beaders, quilters, sewers… and the list goes on and on. It’s always inspiring to check out what your neighbors are working on, and it’s a great way to pick up some additional crafty skills. My local group has even created a separate knitting group (Yarn Buds, how cute is that?) for anyone ready to learn or pick up the needles again. (Thanks, Anet!) Carrie, another amazing Church of Craft member is also a founding member of the Modern Quilt Guild of Asheville. I’m telling you, it’s a supergroup of creative talent!

Want to join the Church of Craft? Go here to see if there’s a chapter near you. Or, take the leap and start your own chapter. If you’re in Asheville, come join us on the second Mondays of the month, from 6-9 pm, at 67 Broadway. I’m forever grateful to Trish for starting the Asheville COC, and am it’s great to have it at Lark. Thanks to the Church of Craft, I’ve made some wonderful friends, learned some awesome crafts, and actually finished a bunch of projects. Now that’s what I call time well spent!

A special thanks to Etsy for sending us Pebeo paints in our Etsy Craft Party package. As you can see, we put them to good use at our last meeting of the Church of Craft.

L to R: Meda, me, Kim, Carrie, Krista's monster china!, Denise, Krista AKA Canoo, Shannon AKA Earlygirl, Ira AKA This Dog's Life


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11 Responses

    thisdogslife says:

    Hey, that's me on the bottom right! Craftily looking for crumbs.

    Karen B. says:

    The crafts look great — but nothing beats the appeal of adorable Ira. Just look at those big brown eyes!

      thisdogslife says:

      Thanks, Karen! <batting eyes>

    carlincakes says:

    This is a wonderful idea! Perhaps I can round up some crafty friends and start a Boston chapter.

    Shannon says:

    Awwww, that's me (middle – bottom row)! Looking forward to the next Church of Craft meet and toe kisses from Ira G.

    Denise says:

    I just wanted to mention that Carrie Crowder-Cheek a member of Church of Craft has also worked with other local quilters to begin the Modern Quilt Guild of Asheville.

      Kathleen says:

      Right on, Denise. Carrie is the best! Here's the website: http://ashevillemodernquilts.ning.com/

      thisdogslife says:

      P.S. For all those who are curious, Denise is the cutie in the middle, far right, with the adorable hand-painted bowl, and she makes the most delicious no-bake peanut butter chocolate oatmeal cookies!!!

    Meda (aka MadeByMeda) says:

    That was a great experience for me. I wish I'd known about the COC before! I'll definitely be back :)

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