I have belonged to meetup.com groups in the past. Normally I let official memberships lapse and instead make the friendships and then have more personal work-arounds to those big meetings. Most meetings are in the evening, and it is “in the evening” that my husband is at home and in need of tending, like food and conversation. I feel fortunate to be so engaged.
But I am so head-over-heels with punch needle and now possibly rug hooking, I wanted to find others in the area with similar interests. So I started Punch & Lunch, a group of one, (me), so far, but it has not been uploaded to the Internet yet. I believe I am being vetted by Meetup, and I am happy that they keep the venue as safe as reasonably possible. I got a letter saying the site should be up in a couple of days. I only bought a month’s worth to see if it is a go or a total flop.
Actually both punching and hooking are quite big in the northern states. I imagine there are enough snowbirds (those coming to Florida just for the winter months) that might be interested in some new friendships.
I found some small completed projects, and even tools (like an electric puncher by Rumpelstiltskin’s) in the attic. I think they are out of business because I could not find a presence on the Net, nor was the phone number with the instructions still viable. That’s how old my rug hooking stash is. I also found quite a bit of monks cloth with only a few relatively small pieces cut out.
My library contains about ten books on the subject, many of which I reread today. Apparently there is more disparity on the correct way to punch a rug, just like in miniature punch needle, so I can see another learning curve coming up. But I’m ready.