Two classes bridged the gap from summer to fall last week. To begin with, what a pleasure it was to watch new weavers create a finished piece, placing thread by thread through the loom. In our last Beginning Weaving on a Floor Loom class of 2023, taught by Nancy Adams and her assistant, Susan Johnson, some students went beyond the expected by weaving as many as three projects, including table runners and scarves.
So many lovely choices, suitable for beginners, were on display for students to choose from. The looms were in motion from the very start.
And so were the instructors! There’s an extra level of patience and helpfulness in all of our beginning weaving teachers. Nancy and Susan are no exception to that.
As we’ve said several times before, Beginning Weaving is where Sievers started, especially using the Sievers Loom. Before the Sophie Studio was built in 1996, looms were stored on the back side of the Sievers Shop and when weaving classes were held in the barn studio, they would be loaded up onto the back of a pickup truck, along with weaving supplies, and transported across the road. It worked, but we like the current arrangement much better.
The woven piece shown below in the center will be used as a background fabric for artful embroidery work. Beyond expectation, indeed!
The companion class, Woodcarving: Woodpecker or Walking Stick with Jerry Landwehr, was a chance to create using another fiber (wood) by carving either a Pileated Woodpecker from a wooden blank, a face into a walking stick, or another project.
Many of these students also went beyond expectations and carved out time for more than one project. Like all classes, seeing the materials, equipment and tools joined with the work of the students’ hands is inspiring.
As these classes ended, so did the last official day of summer. It’s time to embrace the coming fall season and one of our most favorite times of the year!