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Ann Stanaway and Ngaire Finlay are looking for more members for their crafting club. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER

Call for keen creatives in Paeroa

A Paeroa craft club is calling for members interested in quilting, sewing, fibre art, knitting, patchwork and other hand-crafts.

The group holds two sessions on Thursdays. The first session, held at the Paeroa Community Scout and Guide Hall from 9.30am-2pm, is primarily patchworking.

Ngaire Finlay said the group’s space allowed them to bring their sewing machines in to work together, something that wasn’t often done by other groups.

Meanwhile, the evening group meets at Paeroa College from 7pm.

This group is more of a “come-as-you-are” type arrangement, organiser Ann Stanaway said.

“We have one that brings a spinning wheel, people bring knitting, people bring embroidery, people do quilting,” she said.

The key focus for both groups though, is being able to provide some social variety to the people of Paeroa, as well as passing on skills and knowledge to anyone keen to learn.

“It’s just very low-key, but I feel it fills a need, a gap for people who want to meet others or people who need to have an escape route, and I think that’s quite important,” Ann said.

“I’ve found it important for me. I’ve got a husband who doesn’t keep great health, it’s very good for me to be able to go out and meet others.”

Ngaire agreed, adding that all ages and skill levels were welcome, including those who wanted to learn something new.

“I’ve got a couple of ladies there who haven’t done much, they’re learning so we teach them and show them what to do and help each other out, that’s what we all do,” she said.

DETAILS: Ph Ann 07 862 8323 or 021 661 023, and Ngaire 021 111 2560.

By ALICE PARMINTER, Public Interest Journalism funded by NZ on Air.