Do you like crafting? Do you want to learn a new skill like knitting, crocheting or decorative embroidery? Does a morning of tea, cookies, blankets and yarn sound like a fun time? If your answer is yes, then you should look into Lesley University’s newest student club, Fibers Circle. The club held their first meeting on Sunday April 9th in Alumni Hall on the Doble campus. There was a very good turnout for a preliminary meeting.
The groups founders, Erin Moloney, Emily Guerra, and Joanna Garmon, first came up with the idea for Fibers Circle early in the fall semester of 2016. All three had an interest in fibers crafts, and they wanted a place on campus where they could practice the skills they already had while expanding their knowledge and acquiring some new skills. It took them a semester and a half to make the group official; but with perseverance, and the help of the Undergraduate Student Government and Campus Activities Board, here they are!
According to Erin Moloney, the purpose of Fibers Circle is to “create a space to de-stress and hang out, while learning a new skill or refining a craft.” Having attended their first meeting, I can say this is exactly what they’ve accomplished. At first, I was apprehensive at attending a club meeting where I knew no one. I wasn’t sure what to bring, what to wear, or who would be there; but my fears were calmed as soon as I walked into Alumni Hall.
The group was sitting in a circle: some people were in pajamas, some wore comfy weekend clothes, and there were coffee and tea and morning snacks. There was a table of yarn, and knitting needles, crochet hooks and embroidery material, and anything someone could possibly need for whatever fibers craft they preferred. There was music playing softly in the background; people were chatting and teaching each other new skills, and I felt instantly at home.
This club is open to all students who attend Lesley University, regardless of school or level. In addition, you don’t need any knowledge of fiber crafts in order to attend. If you want to learn or improve your skills, there is someone in the group who would be happy to work with you. You also aren’t required to bring your own materials or projects, and anything you work on while at the meeting can be checked out, so you can work on it outside of meeting times.
I encourage you to attend one of the Fiber Circle meetings if you get the chance. You can just drop by, any time between the hours of 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon every Sunday in Alumni Hall. In addition, join their Facebook group LU Fibers Circle to keep up to date on any addition events they are hosting or attending.