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Community crafters

Crafters in Madison County have a new group to meet with and exchange ideas. The Madison County Crafter’s Group meets the third Wednesday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ozark Regional Library branch in Fredericktown.

The group was established around March of this year. Founder Mary Masterson said the organization came from a discussion among crafters who wanted a group to meet with and talk shop on a regular basis.

“Nancy McCormick and myself kind of put our heads together,” Masterson said. “I’m part of the quilting guild in town, and there’s quite a few women that are not a part of the quilting guild who had been expressing interest in having a craft group.”

Masterson said she and McCormick are relatively new to the area, and thought a crafting group would also be a good way for ladies in the community with similar interests to get to know one another.

“There was a lot of expressed interest in it,” she said. “So we started the Facebook group and then we also talked to the library and got things set up there with Bill (Knight). And that’s pretty much how it started. We started letting people know about it, mostly on Facebook.”

The meetings of the crafters generally consist of a speaker who will focus on a specific craft or project. The speaker will describe the processes involved in making quilts, for example, while the crafters work on their own projects.

Speakers at the meetings have spoken on the topics of barn quilts and crocheted washcloths. At the group’s July 19 meeting, a regular attendee will discuss making fabric envelopes. Next month, Masterson herself will teach the craft of beading on a loom.

“Basically, the whole concept is bringing the women of Madison County together to a place of gathering to share what their love is—their craft, hobby or whatever,” Masterson said. “It can be paper mache, pottery, or whatever.

“There’s a lot of creative women in this county,” she added. “And we’re trying to have one central place for everybody to come and say, ‘Hey, I do this and I want to share with you how it’s done.’”

In addition to crafting, Masterson said the group is a good place to socialize with other members of the community in a nurturing environment.

“It’s uplifting,” she said. “If somebody’s having a bad day or a bad time of it, we talk about it. And if they don’t want to share, that’s fine too. If they just want to come and hang out, that’s what those two hours are for.”

She said while folks are welcome to come and hang out, they’re also encouraged to bring an unfinished craft project to work on while they’re there.

For those interested in joining the crafter’s group, they need only show up at the library at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month and be ready to learn, mingle and enjoy the company.

“There’s not any sense of competition,” Masterson said. “Nobody’s better than anybody else or anything like that. Everybody has their forte, and we love to help each other.”

“They can just come,” she continued. “There’s no joining fee or attendance record or anything. Just bring a project and join the fellowship.”

For more information about the Madison County Crafter’s Group, visit its Facebook group or come to one of its monthly meetings.

The Madison County Crafter's Group meets in a room at Ozark Regional Library in Fredericktown for fellowship and crafting.

The Madison County Crafter’s Group meets in a room at Ozark Regional Library in Fredericktown for fellowship and crafting.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at

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