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Spinning wool, crafting pottery or creating intricate patchwork do not need to be stashed in the too-hard basket.

That is because members of Arts and Crafts Alexandra are here to help.

To do that, the group will host a Give It a Go Day at Community House on May 18, with the aim of introducing the public to the various crafts.

Members of groups affiliated with Arts and Crafts Alexandra, including the town’s spinners and weavers and patchwork groups, will be on hand to showcase their skills.

“The first one was just phenomenal.” – Jean Mowat

The Sewing Circle will also attend, along with Central Otago’s art and model societies and the Alexandra Pottery Group.

The initiative, which will be hosted for the third time when it returns from 10am to 3pm, takes place every second year.

Jean Mowat, of Arts and Crafts Alexandra, said the Give it a Go Day had continued to grow over the years. Some people who attended were beginners, while others knew the basics but wanted to learn more.

“The first one was just phenomenal. We don’t count numbers, but the place was packed. You get teenagers and younger ones and you get older ones,” she said.

“It’s for anybody wanting something to do. It’s a way to fill in time and learn a new skill.”

All materials and equipment will be available on site and, in many cases, people will have something to take home with them at the end of the day.

“It’s a way to fill in time and learn a new skill.” – Jean Mowat

“To come in here and make something with a sewing machine and to be able to take [the item] away – it’s a big deal,” she said.

“There’s not many places you can go today and participate in activities like that at no cost.”

The only cost will be for food, which is being supplied by a local group.