Sunday, October 28, 2018

How to Have a Crafty Party

By Cora Chevalier
Assault and Beadery
Cora Crafts Mysteries
By Mollie Cox Bryan

My friends and I love to get together and craft. We're living the dreaming by having our own craft retreat. Even though not everybody can make it to a retreat, there are other options to get together with your friends and craft. I’ve also been to coffee shops and libraries that have certain nights for knitting or scrapbooking and love the connection between crafters.

It would also be fun to host you own crafty party. It doesn’t have to be one craft—or maybe it does. It’s completely up to you and your friends. It’s all about getting together and sharing ideas and crafting.  Here’s a few ideas for you:

1) If you have a party with one type of crafting—say knitting or scrapbooking—invite your guests to bring any extra supplies for swapping or giveaway.
2) Make certain to have plenty of  good lighting in the space where you’ll be crafting. Whether your guests are threading needles or cutting paper, they will appreciate it.
3) Food should be kept on its own table. Invite your guests to take breaks from their crafting and gathering around the table for good. Nobody wants a food stain on a craft that you’ve spent hours working on.
4) Keep a lot of trash receptacles around. It will make clean-up much easier if your crafty guests and dispose of scraps right away in a nearby bag or container.
5) Have fun! Try your best to make fun crafts and not get to hung up on perfection.

Have you ever been to or had a crafty party?

Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge and romances with slow, sweet burn. She’s just published the third book in her new Cora Crafts Mystery Series: Macrame Murder. The first book in the series, Death Among the Doilies,  was selected as "Fresh Fiction Not to Miss" and was a  finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. The second book, No Charm Intended, was named a “Summer 2017 Top 10 Beach Read” by Woman's World. She also wrote the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Several of the books the series were short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She makes her home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, Va., where she works as web designer and writes in the early morning hours. Visit her and sign up for her newsletter at Or follow her on Twitter @molliecoxbryan, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.  


  1. In my younger days, during the summer time a bunch of us girls would get together and do macrame crafts together (telling my age there). We always brought refreshments and believe you me it definitely turned into a party with our crew. It was a fun time to share techniques, designs and help each other out with troublesome projects.
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  2. It's been a very long time since I've crafted with friends.