A WOMEN'S group is encouraging local youngsters to engage in the forgotten art of craft.
The Crafty Chicks group holds craft evenings each Thursday night at St Richard's Primary School in Kilsyth with the goal of getting young people interested.
Group organiser Rose Lawrence said crafting in a group provided a wonderful sense of community and friendship.
"The social component is really wonderful as well as the sense of accomplishment when a craft project is finished," Ms Lawrence said. "It's also great to share skills and knowledge."
The group has been meeting since the start of the year and usually has about 12 to 15 people in attendance. This Thursday, they've arranged for a special open craft forum at the school to introduce more young people to the wonders of crafting.
"We became aware of the lack of craft knowledge [that] children have today so we thought it would be a great idea to provide a [time] where we could facilitate a craft night for them, in the hope that this would spark a love of craft in some of the children."
The guest speaker for the evening is Melbourne's Katie Evans, author of Little Things for Busy Hands. She will also have books ready for sale and signing on the night.
"The evening is directed at primary and junior secondary-aged children, encouraging their understanding and their ability to engage in craft activities," Ms Lawrence said.
The evening will cost $5 per child. Each participant will receive a craft tote bag and be able to select a particular craft activity - making button rings, bunting, a funky picture hanger or a festive wreath.
This is an open event, and the projects vary to suit a range of ages and crafting abilities.
Details: The open craft forum will be held from 6-8pm this Thursday. To book your place call Rose Lawrence, 0419376667, or Sarah Oliver, 0414943109.