Of course, we see all of the Sievers classes as “one-of-a-kind’s”, but in this case, it refers not only to the actual title but to the garments and the instructor! Mary Sue Fenner brings dozens of her unique jackets and tops to inspire her students. The option (and challenge) of weaving your fabric in class was taken up by one student this year. The others cut and sewed one or more garments with the goal of wearing the finished piece in the fashion show on the last morning of class.
Simply said, Sievers wouldn’t be what it is without Mary Sue Fenner. A chance encounter with an Islander in Green Bay prompted a note and letter to Walter Schutz on June 26, 1978, introducing herself and scheduling a visit for July 22nd to discuss the possibility of her teaching weaving, spinning or textile printing at the craft school Walter was working to establish. After that visit, she wrote again and said in part, “I am a good promoter on things I’m interested in – especially weaving!” It all came together with her help and together, we are all now part of a 40-year Sievers story! Thank you, Mary Sue!
Another one-of-a-kind Sievers class is Carol Anderson’s Knitting on Location. Some studio time, but mostly enjoying several island locations while knitting and visiting. The project Carol chose this year was from her Cottage Creations Log Cabin pattern with each person working on one square. Her plan is to sew them all together and present it to Sievers.
The weather was perfect for knitting, sunning, lunching…anything! After lunch at Jackson Harbor Soup and Sandwich, a number of other knitters who happened to be there at the same time came around to visit. Others stopped by to show the project they’d been working on after our breakfast at Sunset Resort.
As a follow up to the failure of the underwater cable that brings electricity to Washington Island and the use of the Electric Co-operative diesel generators to keep all our power on these past days, on Wednesday, June 27, the repair splice was made in the cable and it was lowered back into the waters around Plum Island. The transition was made from the generators to the cable in a matter of a couple of hours after about 10pm. The co-op will be looking at a replacement for the cable. All power to them…and Washington Island!
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