Colors in the Crafternoon

February 26, 2019 at 2:19 PM

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During the academic year, the Mount Holyoke Archives & Special Collections (ASC) regularly hosts Crafternoons — events where members of the campus community can take a break from their daily work, make new friends, learn new skills and explore their creativity. At Crafternoon, students are able to make historically-inspired crafts like hand-bound books, silhouette necklaces and feminist finger puppets.

This month at Crafternoon in the ASC, Laura Bundesen, MHC's Sponsored Research Officer and a mixed media artist, taught students and other members of the Mount Holyoke community how to cross-stitch their class animals. Most participants came in with little knowledge of the craft, but jumped on board to learn and help each other out with the basic stitches needed to embroider their MHC animal. The final product became a nifty keepsake of their class pride! Some students were even overheard debating which class animal is the best. (As a proud member of the class of 2019, I personally think it’s the Yellow Sphinx!)

The class animals and colors continue to be an integral part of life on the Mount Holyoke College campus. This was evident as everyone was busy stitching away with hoops in hand! The event built comradery between the classes: Yellow Sphinxes sat with Green Griffins, and Blue Lions with Red Pegasi and Purple Phoenixes alike. Check out the ASC’s Instagram to see the Crafternoon in action!

It’s time for you to celebrate YOUR class spirit: join the MHC community for the 2nd annual Class-Color Cup challenge! The three classes in each class color with the most donors between February 28 and March 1 will win challenge funds towards their class total for The Mount Holyoke Fund. Even better: If we reach a total of 3,000 donors, an anonymous alumna will give $50,000 to MHC!

Go to the MHC Class-Color Cup page to learn more about the challenge and how you can help lead your class to victory!


Scroll through to view examples of the ASC’s Crafternoon cross-stitch class animals:

Emily Isakson ’19

Written by Emily Isakson ’19

Emily, a native of Worcester, MA, recently graduated from Mount Holyoke with a degree in ancient studies and a minor in medieval studies. During her time at MHC, she worked as a student assistant in the Mount Holyoke College Archives & Special Collection and was also a phonathon caller for the College’s Office of Advancement. Learn more about Emily and her work in the Archives and Special Collections.