In more ways than one, we are transitioning between seasons. The golds and yellows of early fall…
…quickly turned into the browns and bare branches of late fall…
…and as of today, turned even more quickly into a winter scene.
Seeing the photos above, it is hard to believe only 14 days ago our last class of 2018 concluded! Now, the Sievers Shop items are being returned to the artists and we’ll soon begin to work on the 2019 schedule, marking our official 40th anniversary of Sievers School.
This season, we offered 37 classes taught by 31 instructors. The total number of students was 364 and 82% of those enrolled had been here previously. In addition, we had 57 people on waiting lists for classes. One of those waiting lists was for Connie Westbrook’s weaving class, Simply Scandinavian. Due to a cancellation the week prior to class, we ended up contacting all eight people on the waiting list. With only three days to go before class started, the eighth person on the waiting list was able to take the spot.
Some notable stories from this past year include a student who attended Daryl Lancaster’s Garment Construction Intensive class who had only taken one previous class at Sievers, Quilting: Creating Patterns and Designs from Doreen Speckmann in 1981, a 37-year gap! One of Judith Yamamoto’s Twill weaving students had purchased table loom plans from Walter Schutz more than 40 years ago. Her husband made the loom and when visiting Washington Island a few years ago, found Sievers School and attended her first class in July. Another student owns a Sievers floor loom purchased from Walter Schutz 37 years ago. After limited use, the loom was stored in their barn for 35 years. Taking a Beginning Weaving class this spring from Susan Frame, she was re-introduced to the art.
They say burning wood warms you twice. We are warmed twice by you, first when seeing you here at Sievers and then by thinking of you during other seasons!