Many students have said that a class at Sievers is a “gift given to myself”. If the first two classes are any indication, what’s inside those gifts are color, inspiration, learning and sharing as well as new and continuing friendships. It began with the Open Quilt Studio in early June. How fun to see all the fabrics unwrapped and quilt tops created during the week!
Susan Hoffmann, one of our instructors, was here as a student in the Open Quilt Studio and presented us with a very special gift which has been added to our Permanent Collection and is on display in the Sophie Studio.
“Carolyn’s Woods” was inspired by a photo shared on this blog a few years ago of the daffodils at Sievers. The technique is Landscape ‘Painting’ with Fabric and is the title of Susan’s class. How appropriate that this will hang in the studio where just outside the windows, hundreds of daffodils bloom in April at a time when generally only the staff gets to enjoy their sunny faces. Thank you so much, Susan!
The second class was “where it all began” for Sievers, Beginning Weaving on a Floor Loom. Instructor Nancy Adams and assistant Susan Johnson shared their gifts of knowledge and guided eight weavers through not one, but two projects each. A few of the students had some familiarity with weaving, but the confidence and encouragement offered in class by the instructors and also amongst the students themselves made it an exceptional week.
This was also a perfect week for the gift of lady slippers in bloom and there’s no better backdrop than the Stave Church.