by Lisa Tome
When the leaders of the Rising Sun Arts Alliance planned their first ever Sit n' Stitch, they didn't know a group of women already had a similar program.
"We're in a group of five that already does this. I just came to this because I wanted to see what this was," said Patsy Cress, a member of the already in existence stitching group. Cress said that the group she belonged to met at Martin's Cafe occasionally. The original group blended with the Arts Alliance group and more than 20 people turned out for Saturday's event.
Erin Cebula turned out to crochet. "I've been crocheting since high school, eight or nine years, probably," said Cebula.
Jessie Immekus, a knitter, was coaching Dawn Gobble. Gobble, who works at Martin's pharmacy, used her work break to learn to crochet. Gobble was thrilled when she managed to make a successful stitch. "This is fun," laughed Gobble.
Not everyone chose needlework. Some used the event as a chance to color. Others created beadwork. Anna Mozer was getting ready for next Christmas. Mozer is a sketch artist and brought her sketch pad to Sit n' Stitch. "I'm going to sketch today. I'm designing next year's Christmas card," said Mozer. "Watching what others are doing gives me ideas."
Judy Cox didn't bring any crafts to work on. Cox planned to help others with their various projects. "I'm here to help someone with their crafts if they need it. We all learn from each other," said Cox.
Shelley Leishear, of the Rising Sun Arts Alliance, said that since the event was so successful, she hopes to host one once a month.
The arts alliance has another project on the horizon. The Second Saturday event will be held on March 12 from 2-5 p.m. at town hall. Those who wish to do so, will create a spring glass vase to take home. Cost is $5 per vase. Additional vases are discounted. Registration is required by March 4.