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MTSU textile students promote 'Peace on Earth' via felt project

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The yuletide spirit of “Peace on Earth” is reflected in the Peace Felt 2011 project by students in the MTSU Textiles, Merchandising and Design Program.

This annual combination of classwork and craftwork links the students of Nancy Oxford, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Sciences, with two partner groups. One receives brightly colored felt creations from MTSU; the other gives MTSU its felt creations.

“Each student felted individual pieces that were combined to form a wall hanging symbolizing peace in other countries,” Oxford said of her students’ work. “Each student chose a letter of the words ‘Peace Be with You.’”

Oxford’s students sent their project to Foothills Fiber, a fiber-guild group in Nevada City, Calif. In exchange, the students received a Peace Felt project from Craftland, a shop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, specializing in needlecrafts, quilting, embroidery, dressmaking, knitting and crochet.

The Craftland participants hail from the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Pakistan, India, Canada, South Africa and Russian, according to a report from MTSU PR rep Gina Logue.

Peace Felt is an organization that creates connections around the world by promoting love and peace through textile art. It also promotes awareness of the ancient art of felt-making for its qualities of earth-friendliness, versatility and ease of learning.

“The students were very excited to be involved in this worthy project to spread their thoughts on peace in a creative endeavor worldwide,” Oxford said.

For more information, contact Oxford at 615-898-5689 or noxford@mtsu.edu.

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