Nestled along Cranley Street in Dargaville lies Stitches and Crafts run by Lois Hughes who moved to the area four years ago and created ‘our place’ — a space that encompasses friendship, craft and is ‘virtually’ free.
The group meets twice a week to work on various types of personal craft including knitting, patchwork, cross-stitch, card making and decorating.
“There are a lot of new community members arriving in town and we’d love to see new people come along for friendship and sewing,” says Lois.
“There are no rules — you can stay as long as you like, it’s $2 a day and we provide biscuits, tea and coffee, with a dining room to eat lunch.
The obligation free group is similar to a drop-in centre but for like-minded craft lovers.
“Stitches and Crafts has been a great success but we have plenty of room for those new to town to join.”
Lois remembers when she was new to Dargaville and knows it can be challenging to meet new people. It is one of the reasons she started ‘our place’.
The group even caught the attention of a French lady who resides in Ruawai over summer and comes along during the summer months.
Stitches and Crafts runs from 10am-4pm every Tuesday and Friday. Phone Lois for more information 027 473 0598.