These summer weeks are going by so quickly! In a few days, we’ll have reached the half-way point in our classes for the 2021 season. To continue to catch up with the past several classes, there will be three consecutive “Two at a time” posts to bring you up to date.
We start the week of July 19 – 26 and two classes taught by Mary Sue Fenner, “One-Of-A-Kind Jacket” and “Sew a Patchy Vest”. Learning from Mary Sue and using her mix of contemporary and classic methods brings the fabrics, patterns and students together in a special way. Her array of garments is inspiring, fun, eclectic and amazing.
Students brought fabulous fabrics for the 5-day jacket class and worked on garments of all types.
Instead of a fashion show on the boardwalk this year, the class hosted an open house on Friday evening in the Sophie Studio. Friends and family were able to see the garments in process and hear from each student about their fabric and pattern choices.
Then it was time to put away the jackets and bring out the vests for the 2-day “Sew a Patchy Vest” class! Using scraps of cotton fabric or pre-cuts, students laid out and arranged their pieces for the fronts and back.
We’ve mentioned it before and it’s worth mentioning again…Mary Sue was the first teacher Walter Schutz found when he had the idea of a weaving and fiber arts school on Washington Island. We found in our Sievers archives the initial correspondence between Mary Sue and Walter.
It’s refreshing, in these times, to remember the slower pace of handwritten letters and receiving welcome mail.
An idea, a connection, a response and a friendship led to Sievers School of Fiber Arts and a legacy. Thank you, Mary Sue!
From our first Sievers teacher to our latest Sievers crew member, we’d like to introduce you to Ellie Dunham. Ellie and her husband have lived in their Washington Island home year-round for about 1 1/2 years. Ellie’s first class at Sievers was Beginning Weaving on a Table Loom with Nancy Frantz in 2014 and she has taken several weaving classes since. Ellie also enjoys knitting and joins Kathleen Morris, Patricia Hewitt and Kirsten Foss as another friendly face in the shop. Welcome, Ellie!