October 27th, 2013
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:
Couldn’t resist adding a photo of part of our potluck supper on Friday night!
Before graduation, the studio is still bustling.
After graduation, a lonely studio waits for next year.
See you in 2014!
October 24th, 2013
It is hard to believe, but we are down to the last two classes of the season, Deb Sharpee’s Rag Rug Weaving and Jo Campbell-Amsler’s Willow Harvest and Weave. Where did the time go? We realized a day or so ago it was near the end of the season when we saw some snow flurries mixed with rain, but the enthusiasm of the students, the work they’re doing and the fun they’re having is as bright and fresh as it was on May 17, the first day of classes in this our 35th year.
The rag rug weavers are surrounded by colorful warp, fabric strips, threads, sewing machines and various snippets and scraps; the willow students by bundles of Michigan Green, Walter’s Gold, Dickey Meadows, Amana, Vitelina and more. After the willow was cut, any remaining leaves were stripped off and the willow sorted by size. Frames and rims are ready for each student to make a Gathering basket out of the willow they have harvested. The rest goes home with them for more baskets or to start their own willow patch.
A look at our last two classes of 2013:
Willow Patch (Before)
Willow Patch (After)