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I'd Like More Cross Stitch Friends.

Jan 7, 2008
Ever wonder how and where you can find fellow stitchers to share your common bond, stitchers who might well become your cross stitch friends in time? You may feel sometimes that you would love to chat with other cross stitch lovers but have no idea how to meet these people. Well, lots of options exist. With just a little research, you can find others with whom you can trade cross stitch tips, share some laughs, and offer encouragement and motivation on difficult projects.

When you first start your quest, stop by your local craft store. They may have a cross stitch club that meets there or know of one in the area. If they currently don't have a club that meets at the store, ask about starting one. Even if the store isn't interested, don't get discouraged. You can still form your own cross stitch club.

Starting your own cross stitch club isn't as difficult as it may seem. The secret is planning. You need to think through what will be involved before you advertise your club. For instance, where will your club meet? You need a location where people can sit comfortably and stitch. That means you'll need chairs and excellent lighting. You'll also need a place for all these people to park their vehicles. Be certain to decide in advance if your club will only be for cross stitch fans or if people who enjoy other crafts can join as well. Finally, you'll need to pick a time for your club to meet.

You'll also have to think about the subscription rate, the aims of the club and any specific rules for members. It may be a good idea to discuss initial plans with your first members so that your club can be fine-tuned to meet most people's needs. Don't forget that cross stitch uses your hands and your eyes -- so you can chat and listen at the same time.

If the thought of organizing a club seems a bit ambitious, then why not ask some friends and acquaintances round for an evening and suggest some stitching together. You can even show a newbie how it's done. Before long, you may end up with a regular club -- so much more sociable than just meeting up to drink and eat.

So much for the locals... Let's move on to making new cross stitch friends elsewhere.

Have you ever considered finding cross stitch friends through a penpal site? It's fun to keep in touch with other enthusiasts. If you explore the cross stitch sites on the internet, you'll find that several have a place for penpals. Cross stitch magazines also often include penpal information. What's fun about a penpal is that you can trade ideas and hints, plus offer encouragement to a fellow stitcher across the globe. Not only will you get to discuss your favorite hobby, but you'll also meet people from far away countries.

Apart from cross stitch websites, you also can find sites that are strictly for finding penpals. You'll want to do some upfront research to make certain these sites are legitimate. Don't give the sites or potential penpals your phone number or your mailing address. This information isn't needed. All that is necessary to get started is your email address.

In addition to providing a way to locate penpals, computers make it possible to be e-pals. You can chat through email and instant messages. Many people don't enjoy writing letters these days, and email can make your conversations happen much more quickly. If, however, you and your penpal like to write letters, then you'll be able to look forward to letters in the mail. Moreover, you may want to exchange packages and gifts every once in a while.

As you explore the internet for other cross stitch enthusiasts, consider looking at e-groups that use both email conversations and traditional mail. Yahoo has a cross stitch group that calls itself XStitchpals. In this group, everyone really gets into the fun. They send each other cards that they've cross stitched each month. The cards have a theme. Also, with this group, you can visit the forum and talk about what's on your mind, both regarding stitching and also other events in your life. Many people have found real friends in this group.

So what are you waiting for? There are lots of new cross stitch friends out there if you spend a little time looking for them... and hey! Why not look a little closer to where you are right HERE, right NOW -- go join the forums at Patterns Patch private cross stitch club.
About the Author
Julia Wigham is a professional author and co-founder of Patterns Patch cross stitch forums. An online cross stitch club whose subscribers get free: patterns, articles and tutorials. Visit our lively => cross stitch blogs right now.
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