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Patrons Provide Promising Start for Club

Ms. Washburn's Fiber Arts Club members at work.

Two donors, Kia Motors and the Craftsy.com Team, recently funded $450 dollars’ worth of supplies for UCEC’s Fiber Arts Club. Club members are now eagerly looking forward to a huge injection of colorful yarn into a stock which was comprised mostly of odd bits of leftovers. Liz Washburn, the club’s advisor, said, “I’m thrilled that our club won’t have to devote our time and energy to raising money this semester and can now get right to work.”

Washburn had posted a description of her group’s needs on the Donors Choose website. Donors Choose is an organization that helps teachers find benefactors to fund classroom activities. Rather than asking for money, teachers who register with this site are directed to catalogs, from which they select supplies they desire to use in their classrooms.

In addition to gaining much needed yarn, the Fiber Arts Club will also be receiving a Union County Community Arts Council Arts in the Schools grant in the amount of three hundred dollars. This gift will fund a visit by Ivy Mead, a young fiber artist (and student pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical studies at Wake Forest University) who will teach the club members to spin with a drop spindle. After using wooden wheels and dowels to make the spindles, students will then spin raw wool into yarn. This type of spinning is ubiquitous in many cultures around the world.

Though the club only meets once a week on Fridays, the student members have already quickly learned to knit. Many of them can be seen around campus carrying brightly-colored knitting bags, so that they can pull out and work on their projects during free time. They and Mrs. Washburn are incredibly grateful to the generous donors who are helping them practice a pleasurable and rewarding craft.

Written by: Sylvia Roldan
Posted: Oct 09, 2012 by Sylvia Roldan

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