The Women's College Club of Princeton NJ


Handicraft Group

Several members have expressed interest in Lorraine Haucke’s and Kathy Hutchins’ proposal of a handcraft group.  If you hook rugs, crochet, sew, quilt, knit, needle point, embroider, cross stitch, need to sew on a button or two, shorten something,  or just like the idea, this group wants YOU.  

We gathered at Kathy Hutchin’s home on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the usual time 1:30 p.m.  Being so close to Christmas, we were in for a cheery afternoon with good company and treats.  

On November 12, Kathy Hutchins, Theresa Conrad, Marlene Gordon, Lorraine Haucke, Janet Young, and guest Irina Danetz, gathered at Janet’s home and experienced an enjoyable time and delicious food and beverages…especially the organic ice cream.  Yummy!

The October 1st meeting was at Lorraine Haucke’s home.  In addition to Club members, we enjoyed the company of two guests, Jan Levitt and Loria Lai.  As usual, there was too much good “eats”, thanks to the thoughtfulness of Theresa, Jan, and Gloria.

September 1, 2018, was the time of the previous meeting for members who enjoy creating projects.  Kathy Hutchins hosted everyone at her home, at 1:30 p.m.   — Lorraine Haucke

On August 6, 2018, we gathered at the home of Marlene Gordon, who graciously hosted with delicious refreshments and cool drinks.     

Janet Young hosted the meeting on May 7, 2018 at 1:30 p.m., at her home in Princeton.  

A meeting of the Handicraft Group took place on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the home of Lorraine Haucke, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting proved once again to be a fun afternoon.  A “surprise” birthday cake, minus candles, was provided by Kathy for Lorraine’s birthday on March 27.  Martha Matthews demonstrated her acting skills, taking the role of lit candles and everyone burst into song.  Our core membership of six was present with four guests. 

At the meeting at Kathy Hutchins’ on February 5, 2018, we welcomed two wonderful rug-hooking friends of Lorraine Haucke:  Theresa Conrad and Loretta Widdows, who added greatly to the group.

Martha Mathews had questions answered by Theresa Conrad, who also showed the group wonderful pictures of some of her handiwork.  Marlene Gordon offered to take donations to HomeFront’s art program.  – Kathy Hutchins

Our donations of fabric and yarn were delivered to HomeFront for their Sewing Space program.  They were very appreciative for the donations and it will be put to good use.  I will continue to collect fabric and yarn that you are not using and will take it to HomeFront.  If anyone is interested in seeing the Sewing Space and some of the projects that the clients have made, they would be  happy to give you a tour on a Tuesday or Friday.                                                                                                                   Marlene Gordon



     The Handicraft Group held its first meeting on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the home of Kathy Hutchins.  Florence Begun showed her two crocheted throws, one celebrating her and Ted’s 1967 wedding.  Lorraine Haucke showed her hooked wall hanging of a cottage with trees and flowers, with a border of cats and also a prize-winning one of a lamb.  Martha Mathews showed the rugs made for her children when they were young.  Nancy Lifland brought her needlepoint and we discussed the color of the backing and whether a box edge or knife edge for the cushion was better.  Janet Young brought a shawl that she is knitting for one of her daughters.  She showed us the boomerang edge effect and how she did it. Marlene Gordon brought a fabulous beige, grey, mauve and purple sweater that was a spectacular patchwork of different stitches.  She is currently working on a mystery project that appears to be a hat.  Kathy Hutchins is working out the problem of why her hats are too small.  Must be the fault of the pattern!!  Yes, there was lots of laughter and good eats, too.

     The second meeting was on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 1:30 at the home of Lorraine Haucke. 

                                                                                                         Lorraine Haucke



    In November, Kathy Hutchins arranged a tour of Homefront’s new Family Center in Ewing.  One of Homefront’s volunteers who went with us described some of the art and sewing programs that they offer to clients.  In order to facilitate these programs, they would be happy to accept donations of fabric and yarn.  Since I have been trying to find a home for fabric taking up room in my closet that will probably never be used by me, Homefront would be a great organization that could make use of it.  If anyone has fabric or yarn they would like to donate, please bring it to the November or December general meeting.  I will collect it and see that it gets to the person in charge of these programs at Homefront.

     If you have any questions, please call me, Marlene Gordon.