The beautiful workmanship by the students in Karen Tembreull’s Patchwork Birch Bark Basket class and in Nancy Frantz’s Beginning Weaving class has been one highlight of this week. Even the raw materials are lovely! Starting with these pieces of birch bark prepared by Karen, the layering and stitching involved resulted in eight special baskets.
The weaving students have been busy learning the basics or renewing the basics of weaving on a floor loom.
Nature has it’s own workmanship and it was found just down the road in the Jackson Harbor Ridges area this week.
Sievers has offered scholarships since the inception of the Scholarship Fund in 1999. Memorial donations for quilting instructor, Doreen Speckmann, weaving student, Elisabeth Beinert and basketry instructor, Diane L. Ericson along with many other donations, including one this spring from the Door County Weavers Guild, has allowed for several class scholarships each year. In 2013, scholarships were awarded for students to attend the following classes: Patchwork Birch Bark Basket, Weave, Cut & Sew, Holiday Handwovens, Beginning Weaving on a Floor Loom, and Bent Willow Chair. In addition, last week a scholarship was given to an Island high school graduate who has been involved in the arts. The recipient for 2013 is Emily Dompke. Emily is a visual artist who will be attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design this fall. Our scholarship winner from last year, Robin Swanson, will soon join our part-time summer crew.