Craft­ing Friend­ships

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Af­ter mov­ing to Mary­land years ago, I joined a lo­cal stitch­ing group. The first Fri­day of ev­ery month would find us around a din­ing room ta­ble, which was cov­ered in snacks and stray threads, with needle­work projects in our hands.

A mix of ages and skill lev­els, the gath­er­ing was a source of ca­ma­raderie and in­spi­ra­tion.

It was also a nudge to get out my cross-stitch projects and do a lit­tle work on them. I moved away, but those gals still craft to­gether, wel­com­ing new­com­ers reg­u­larly and re­cently cel­e­brat­ing their 25th year.

I miss the per­sonal bonds we formed around that ta­ble, and this sense of wist­ful­ness grew as I read your sto­ries about your own craft groups. Some formed to work on a col­lab­o­ra­tive project; oth­ers are more like the one from my Mary­land days, each mem­ber cre­at­ing her own thing. Still, they’re all linked by laugh­ter and friend­ship. You can read about them be­gin­ning on page 18.

May your own din­ing ta­bles be places of fel­low­ship this sea­son, whether for a lit­tle project or a big meal. We have some great ideas for the Thanks­giv­ing feast—a pie on page 31, stuff­ing (or dress­ing, de­pend­ing on where you’re from) on page 34 and ideas for left­overs you’ll love on page 44. Plus, there are plenty of pump­kin crafts to keep you busy. If you have a craft group of your own, bring the sweet lit­tle cross-stitch de­sign on page 20 to your next meet­ing.

It’s sim­ple enough that you can chat with friends and still keep count of your stitches. A lit­tle post-pie project, any­one?

JEN­NIFER ZEIGLER DEPUTY ED­I­TOR

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