Recently, it was looms to the right of us and looms to the left in Rita Hagenbruch’s Halvdrall and Monk’s Belt class in the Sophie Studio, joined by Nancy Frantz teaching eight beginning weavers on our Sievers table looms in the Walter Studio.
The samples Rita brought were so inspiring. Some commented that they could never bring themselves to actually use such fine handwovens. But Rita reminded them that unless they are used regularly at family dinners, holidays and the like, they don’t become heirlooms. Only when they are part of your memories do they become most valuable.
This piece (also shown at the top of the page) was fresh off the loom at the time of the class visit and made into a shawl worn at graduation.
Beginning weavers learned the basics and more in a three-day class with Nancy Frantz. The students incorporated a number of weave structures and techniques in their project.
Whether it’s Swedish-influenced designs or beginner basics, long-standing weavers or new, it is our wish that these words from Walter Schutz printed in a 40-year old “Getting Started in Weaving” brochure still ring true, that “Students return home with useful, practical knowledge, a host of new friends and many pleasant memories.”Share Sievers with Friends...