Chances are you’re attending college right now with the intent of coming out of your four or so year stint a more rounded, smart and qualified person. Also, you’re willing to pay an exorbitant amount of money to accomplish that. This much is also implied by your attendance. College is about self-betterment, right? Well, Land Hall is currently hosting a weekly class – open to all, which is guaranteed to teach you something useful. But maybe Loops at Land isn’t a class as much as a gathering. When I talked with Monica Moore, a cornerstone of the group, writer on the subject and a highly practiced craft-maker of all kinds, she described it like this:
“It’s a great bunch of people getting together, playing with fibers, and making something beautiful.”
Fiber arts, those are any craft like crocheting, knitting, tatting, or even felting, have a long tradition – both utilitarian and decorative. Some crafts practiced in the group have their origins in ancient times. Twining in particular, a craft indigenous to pre-Columbian America, is over nine thousand years old. Yes Vegeta, over nine thousand.
Monica herself sees the group’s purpose as multifold. Besides simply bringing people together to make something cool, its openness to the community and to students fosters a dialogue between the two, and between generations. Its youngest member is a bright fifth grader, and most of its members skew much older. Monica was certain the group would be welcoming to people of all skill levels. If you’ve never touched a crochet hook, you can show up and learn how to hold it. If you’ve been knitting for years, you can find some like-minded company there.
Fiber crafting is ancient, relaxing, useful, and not to mention pretty damned cool.
If you want to give it a go, head to Land Hall across from Reed around 5:30 any Tuesday.