One of the greatest things about crafting is the camaraderie that you can find with other crafters. If you engage in one craft and you find others that take part in it as well, it is like you instantly have a bond. Not only that, but you have a resource in case you get stuck and need some assistance.
A few years ago I joined a craft group for this specific reason. I was learning a new craft and knew that I would need assistance but did not want to pay the money to go to a local shop for a two hour course that would just show me what to do and leave me to flounder. I wanted to go somewhere that would show me the steps, assist me that evening and assist me going forward. The craft group did not disappoint. Yes, it was not necessarily as convenient or as easy to learn as the teachers are not professional, but they are competent in their craft and willing to assist. And not only do the teacher’s help you, but the others in the group will assist if need be.
The best part of the group that I joined is that there are multiple crafts that all get together so if you are working on a different craft, you are still able to get assistance from someone when you are stuck. Another benefit is that if you are not sure the best way to tackle something, there is a good chance someone in the group can make a suggestion that makes sense and that you can accomplish no matter your skill level.