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: