From the crisp, clean patterns of Scandinavian weaving to the infinite patterns created with Shibori resist-dyeing, to twill patterns for beginning weavers, there have been a multitude of patterns in the first few classes this season.
We begin with Connie Westbrook’s Simply Scandinavian weaving class and her beautiful handwoven samples including table linens, garments and home décor pieces she brought to inspire the students. Like the samples, each student’s project was unique and beautiful.
Each afternoon Fika was served (should’ve taken a photo of those treats!) and a tour of the Washington Island Stavkirke were both extra-special additions to the class.
There is no end to the patterns that can be achieved using indigo and the Japanese technique of Shibori resist-dyeing. In Anne Landre’s class, students stitched, folded, clamped and bound small objects on cotton and silk and immersed them in indigo vats; light, medium or dark. The fabrics emerged with both planned and fascinating results!
Small stones brought from home to bind inside fabric revealed themselves in their own surprise shibori pattern! Also, in case you accidentally got a little indigo dye on the top you were wearing, why not just go ahead and turn it into a new, one-of-kind garment?
Susan Frame’s Beginning Weaving class explored twill patterns and how colors interact in their pieces. Some students were first-time weavers, others used the class as a refresher and all had Susan’s expertise, patience and helping hands guiding them during the week.
We see a pattern forming for this season of great instructors, enthusiastic students and outstanding projects and work done in our beautiful Washington Island surroundings!