Cynthia of Ornamental Style and Cat of In the Light of the Moon happen to live not too far away and we finally managed to work in a play date! While we brainstormed and came up with an easy project we thought we could tackle, it soon became apparent that a lot more visiting and a lot less jewelry making was going to happen!
|L to R: Cat, Me, Cynthia|
If you'd like to meet some other like-minded souls and get together, I thought I would post some things I've found helpful!
1) EASY DOES IT. While it's great to plan a project, time can get away from you with introductions and chatting. Consider a first time plan of meeting for coffee or lunch and Show and Tell. Everyone can bring their favorite magazines or books to share and a current project or piece they're excited about. That can often fuel the fire for a future meeting or project! If you still plan a simple project, make sure it's something easy enough for you to complete in your allotted time or something that can easily be taken home to finish on your own time. We decided on the popular ladder stitched Chan Luu style bracelets since it was a technique most of us hadn't tried and was simple enough in technique/supplies to complete on our own time.
2) POOL YOUR RESOURCES. If there is a technique everyone wants to try but you may be lacking in supplies or resources, talk about getting your arsenal together! Some people may have the books or tools, while others may have a more in depth studio or supplies to share. By pooling your resources, you might be able to try something new you wouldn't have been able to try on your own! Putting several heads together brings together different styles of working and techniques and you can often all teach one another!
3) FIND YOUR TRIBE. Blogs and Facebook are a great way to find other people in your neck of the woods. Etsy also has a great search function that enables you to find other people in your area. Look for those that work appeals to you or ties together a common thread. Getting to know each other a little first through email and blogs is an easy way to decide if you'd like to meet in person!
|my unfinished ladder stitch bracelet|