I started coming to this group about two years ago, with no skills in rug-making whatsoever. I found/find Bette to be a wonderful teacher - and Liz too - patiently showing us how to do things, suggesting new projects, etc. We are a very friendly bunch and I always notice how appreciative everybody is of everyone else's work - there's absolutely no criticism or judgement - just encouragement and fun. I myself have made two cushions in 'proddy' and have just finished hooking my first rag rug. And am now ready for new things! Next, I want to try hooking using yarn. And, in a couple of weeks, we are all going to start making Christmas wreaths using lots of methods and materials - good fun.
I also think that it is enjoyable being 'part of the museum' while we are working. Visitors show a lot of interest in what we are doing, ask about techniques, materials, etc. - even start talking about setting up their own group if they live a long way away. Long may we continue!