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Visiting Hours: Common Threads


Last Tuesday myself and a friend popped along to Common Threads for the first time. This laid-back little crafting circle has been meeting in the spacious function room of Common Grounds cafe every Tuesday for the past two or three years.

Funnily enough, I discovered the group during a brainstorming session to come up with a name for the Lisburn-based crafting group I’m in the process of setting up.

I decided ‘Common Threads’ would be a great name for a social crafting group, but sensibly decided to do a quick Google search to see if another genius had got in there before me. And what do you know…?!

Looking at their Facebook page, I could tell this group had exactly the type of vibe I wanted for my Lisburn venture, so I took the first opportunity to grab my needles, a likeminded pal, and get down there for some coffee and crafting.


I was right about the vibe of the group – chilled and informal, but friendly, with little groups of crafters, sewists, lone knitters, all doing their own thing, but folks ready and willing to welcome you into the fold and get you started too.

We were greeted by the lovely Meghan, one of Common Threads’ founders, who actually had her kids with her this night – and she wasn’t the only one. It was really lovely to see young people and little ones there, exploring their creativity during the summer holidays.

Meghan chatted to us about the group, the kinds of events and workshops they host from time to time, and how it all started with a small group of crafters meeting once a week in the main cafe. The lovely people at Common Grounds offered them the use of the large back room and the rest is history.

The group is currently taking its summer break, but will be back on the first Tuesday of August. It’s free to attend unless you are participating in one of their classes or workshops. Give their Facebook page a like and hopefully see you there some time!

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