“Come…enjoy, share & learn” were words used many times over in past Sievers School brochures. Since then, we’ve incorporated the statement, “An experience awaits you…”. Both of these sayings could apply to any Sievers class, but none more so than two recent ones, Rigid Heddle Weaving with Deb Jones and our second Open Quilt Studio of the season.
Deb Jones of The Fiber Garden, makes every class she teaches an experience. From the outstanding instruction, to the personal attention given to each student, to the full array of equipment and tools she brings (which she magically packs into her “Mary Poppins” van), to joining students together for dinners out and about on the Island, she brings all of it together into one complete Sievers experience.
This year’s class was made up of students who all had some rigid heddle weaving experience. The first project was a classwide color study, then each student went on to work on individual pieces including rugs, towels, runners and more.
The quilters paid a visit one afternoon to see the processes involved in this popular form of weaving. There is one thing they missed seeing, however, and that was the 6-minute set of calisthenics done each morning in class at 10:30 am to Robert Preston’s “Chicken Fat”. Anyone remember this from 60’s and 70’s gym class?
The word “relax” was also often included in the expression “Come…enjoy, share & learn” in past brochures. The quilters were certainly welcome to include some relaxation during their week of Open Studio time. Did they? Maybe a little, but it’s hard to tell from the wonderful quilts and projects that were on display in the Walter Studio.
It seems as if a combination of enjoyment, sharing, learning and relaxing made for another great experience at Sievers!