Sisters in stitches

Joyce Johnson shows off one of the bunnies she is famous for creating among the Creative Friends group. Behind her are Rose Marie Delfs and Dana Best.

Joyce Johnson shows off one of the bunnies she is famous for creating among the Creative Friends group. Behind her are Rose Marie Delfs and Dana Best.

Most Fridays after lunch at the Verde Valley Senior Center, you’ll find a group of women indulging in a shared passion for needlecraft.

They express their art in entirely different ways, yet the time together promotes a common bond.

The Creative Friends, led by Gina Simone and Roberta Davis promotes exactly what you would think - creativity.

While one is embroidering, another is crocheting, another is practicing needlepoint and yet another is learning to knit. Davis may be making a newborn cap to be used at Verde Valley Medical Center while Joyce Johnson is creating a rabbit for a friend.

It is not just a social hour. It is the opportunity to give and take a lifetime of knowledge.

Dana Best can amaze the group with some spectacular embroidered squares for a quilt she is making while Rose Marie Delfs shows off her prize-winning style in stitching a sunny design into a denim jacket.

The important thing is their desire to encourage one another in their projects and offer pointers from their vast stores of experience.

That skill, whether self-acquired or passed down through generations, has kept the fingers nimble and the artistic mind sharp.

Among the Creative Friends, age is an asset called wisdom and mentorship.

And friendship. The group has a monthly birthday party for whoever has as birthday, even if there is no birthday.

“It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere,” is their motto.

Those wanting more information about the group can contact VVSC Activities Coordinator Debbie Moore at (928) 634-5450.

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