Several years ago, some of my friends and I started a craft collective called the Ironing Maidens (I know, awesome, right?). We would get together periodically to craft and bat around project ideas, and even held bazaars in the parking lot of the Sacramento News & Review, the local alt-weekly where many of us worked at the time. It’s been a long time since we’ve gotten crafty together and I’ve missed it horribly…so, I decided to host a ladies’ craft night at my house the other night. Several original members of the Ironing Maidens were on hand as well as some new lovely ladies. The project of the night? Cross stitching.
As it turned out, none of us had actually ever done cross stitching before…so, we did what any intelligent crafter would do and turned to YouTube for guidance. After a quick tutorial by one randomly picked video (Oh, Vickie!), we were off. Sure, there was some initial frustration and perhaps a little cursing (mostly on my part), but we soon had cross stitching dialed in and were engrossed in our projects. Of course, we took breaks to eat, drink and have several good laughs. It was an amazing night, and I look forward to many more like it.