Archive for the ‘Fiber Arts’ Category
Our “Sievers in Winter” class schedule is set! Starting on Monday, December 9 and finishing on Saturday, February 15, there are seven different classes to choose from. Open this to see the titles, dates, descriptions and details:
(Note: More project photos will be posted in the future. In addition, remember that ferry reservations for your vehicle must be made in advance after December 21. Check the schedule at www.wisferry.com or call the Washington Island Ferry Line at 920-847-2546.)
Ellen Graf’s beginning quilting students will learn the fundamentals using the nine-patch block in “The Little Black Dress of Quilting: Nine-Patch” during the week of December 9-13.
Continuing with quilting will be “My Latest, Greatest Quilt”, also with Ellen from January 6 – 10. Bring a pattern in mind or a quilt top in progress and Ellen will help you move your project forward.
We’ll follow that with an “Open Studio” time, January 13-15. Come and knit, quilt, weave, make baskets, sew, etc.
Cold weather requires warm woolens, so Sandy De Master and Mary Germain will be here for their annual “Knitting Retreat”, January 16 – 19. Open to beginners on up who would like help with their projects and the time set aside to knit in the company of others. Ready to weave? Connie Westbrook is offering ”Handwoven Bags and Totes”, February 3 -7. There’s a choice of three styles to weave (the Chicken Track Rag Bag is shown here). Connie will also show you how to personalize your newest accessory.
February 11-13 and 14-15 are set aside for Jeanette Biederman and Rich Prange to teach basketry. They will offer two classes titled “Splint-Woven Basketry”, both independent study-type with several choices of beyond beginner to advanced baskets. It is almost 20 years that Rich and Jeanette have made the trip for our Sievers in Winter classes. That’s a lot of baskets (and fun)!
If you are familiar with Pinterest, you’ll find that Sievers has created several boards with photos of class projects, students working in the studios and photos of instructors work. The link to our boards is http://www.pinterest.com/sieversfiber/. Caution: Pinterest can be addictive!
so we take what we can in a November sunrise filtered through the evergreens.
Today is the last day of the season for regular hours at the consignment and yarn shop. Already, a number of artists have had their handmade items returned to them for art fairs or for the holidays. These boxes await the rest of the inventory.
The Lavender Shop at Fragrant Isle closed yesterday. The shop will be moving to a new location, being built at the corner of Town Line and Airport Roads, about a half-mile west of the Historic Dairy. New lavender fields are being prepared for planting as well.
Thoughts on our last day take us back to the beginning of the season. After mailing out the Sievers catalog in March, we received this poem from our musician friend and Sievers student, Dan Hansen. Some of you may have heard us read this at class graduations, but we wanted to share it with all of you.
I love my Sievers catalog.
It came in mid-March freezing fog.
It’s smart, it’s art, a living dream.
I’m part of that great Sievers team.
I love the classes, teachers, too,
Butch and Ann and their whole crew.
What a model, what a prize;
“Jewel of the Isle” in many eyes.
Beauty, art, utility,
Friendship, kindness, courtesy.
Students from here and distant lands
Learn Walter’s “Happiness is in your hands.”
We find ourselves on the last day of our last class of the 2013 season so grateful for all of our teachers, students and customers. It has been another great year and we’re already thinking about 2014!
Speaking of lasts, a week ago, the last Sievers 36″ Floor Loom made its way down Door County to Sturgeon Bay. The new owner had prepared a room especially for the loom. What is a last for us will be a first for a new weaver.
Here is October 27, in photographs: