These were some of the adjectives Connie Westbrook used to describe the lines and designs typical of Scandinavian style weaving for her class, “Simply Scandinavian”.
Connie’s handwoven samples had those qualities, although “simple” would not be one of the words that first come to mind.
Students followed suit in their own work. Whether it was one, two, (or more!) projects completed in class, all reflected the spirit of Scandinavian design.
One of the students in the class, Deanna S., had taken advantage of this offer when she came to the Island in February of 1987 and bought a Sievers Loom (which she still has). Ann had given her the free lesson!
We found a copy of this Handwoven magazine ad in our Sievers archives. From our records, seven people received free lessons with their loom purchase, all within the same year.
Fast forward 32 years later, where these students had five full days to immerse themselves in weaving with lessons throughout, like this one from Connie, plus enjoyed a little time each afternoon for “Fika”, beautifully prepared Scandinavian treats.
In honor of Washington Island’s heritage, here’s our “Simply Scandinavian” icon, the Stavkirke, on a crisp, clean October afternoon.