What is The Making Place? The Making Place is where adults living in the Lancaster District, interested in art and craft, can meet together to make things. We are a small team of volunteers who are managing the arrangements and aim to provide an inclusive, accessible and affordable social outlet. The only requirements for being a member is an enthusiasm for art and craft, a respectful curiosity for how someone else goes about their craft and to be able to work on your project, independently. The experience of the group is that the mix of expertise and craft allows an expert quilter to sit comfortably alongside the beginner at crochet. The individual's project is not competing with anyone else in the group. Instead, we are all inspired by the various work being created. The homemade refreshments are always delicious and satisfy another appetite! History so far, told by Diane. Inviting friends home to make things and share tea and cake has been a way of life. Having a family and finding room enough for each other, let alone space for friends and crafty things, has been particularly challenging. I knew lots of other skilled makers who worked alone and their work was often, only seen by a few people. I had a dream in 2004 of a city centre drop in, where makers meet to make, offer workshops, sell their wares and hold regular exhibitions. Dreams are hard to believe sometimes. However, over the years of sharing the dream with others, it is slowly coming into being. The success of a private, rural test, with an extended group of friends, paved the way to "going public". When redundancy materialised in 2010 it was just a matter of putting faith into action, or money where my mouth is. On 1st March 2012 The Making Place opened its doors at The Friends Meeting House. We enjoyed Strawberry's hospitality and the generosity of The Quakers, as we soon realized we had been a little too unrealistic about charges. We needed to move. The Cornerstone offered a shared but more affordable space. We stayed there until their renovation work began in January 2013. We celebrated our first Birthday at St Thomas Church Center and this has become our permanent address as we had out grown the space The Cornerstone could offer after the renovation. We are enjoying the light, airy space and we even have a cupboard which stores a sewing machine for members' use.
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