A group of Wesleyan staff members is forming a “close-knit” community over crocheting and crafts.
Dubbed the Wesleyan Society for the Preservation of Domestic Technology, the group held its first meeting Jan. 6 in Usdan University Center. Participants gathered for one hour for crafting and camaraderie.
“You provide your own lunch and supplies, and we provide an environment fostering whimsy, creativity and technical facility in the traditional craft arts,” said group creator Nate Lerner, director of university events and scheduling. “All campus crafters are welcome!”
Lerner brought a cross-stitch project to the gathering.
“This is a scene from the Miyazaki film My Neighbor Totoro,” he said, stitching an umbrella. “It’s one of my wife’s favorite movies (Rachel Lerner ’06), and I’m making it for her office. I don’t have any other portable craft skills, so I plan on continuing to bring cross stitch projects to the meetings.”
Joanne Rafferty, associate director of operations, learned how to crochet last week by watching a video on YouTube.
“My mom used to crochet all the time when I was a kid and I always wanted to learn. My mom now lives with me so I thought I could help get her back into it and we could crochet together,” she said.
Kathleen Roberts, assistant director of university events and scheduling, learned to crochet only two months ago. But during this short time, she became crafty enough to create hats, scarves and other knitted apparel for her family and friends. During the Jan. 6 gathering she worked on a scarf with a bobble stitch.
“I sent two of two of my first scarves to Ireland this year,” she said. “They made great Christmas gifts!”
The group is open to all Wesleyan employees. The society will meet from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in the Hicks Meeting Room, Usdan 136.
View additional photos of the group’s first gathering below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)