Classic (and classy), with clean lines and simple designs that are visually pleasing, is what comes to mind when describing the handwovens in Connie Westbrook’s Simply Scandinavian class.
Connie brings so many of her own beautifully woven pieces as samples of projects suitable for the students. We’re sure choosing just one or two to weave is not an easy decision to make!
Some very fine threads go into these woven treasures, used for special occasions or everyday. We remember one of our weaving instructors saying that handwovens are meant to be used on a regular basis. Only when they’re part of the collective memory of family and friends over time, are they considered heirlooms. This is true of any work done by hand.
We are fortunate that a few of our instructors live year-round on Washington Island, Connie being one of them. In the summer of 2003, she saw a weaving demonstration at the Art and Nature Center’s “Art in the Park” event. Connie said, “I was mesmerized and knew that this is what I wanted to do.” In September 2003 she took a Beginning Weaving class with Jean Hutchison and Louise French. Buying a Sievers Loom was the next step just a few months later and then, going on to take 17 classes at Sievers, she not only expanded her weaving knowledge, but included other interests such as sewing, basketry and more.
Connie began to offer weaving classes at Sievers in 2010, including Handwoven Towels, Handwoven Bags & Totes, Techniques for Texture & Dimension, Holiday Handwovens, Terrific Towels, Handwoven Handspun Fabric and Simply Scandinavian. Three of her articles have been published in Handwoven Magazine, two with a Washington Island-based theme. In addition, Connie worked part-time with us from 2007-2016. Whether in the Sievers Shop or helping us prepare the studios for classes, her many spot-on suggestions, myriad talents, and tasteful touches still remain. We all agree that whatever Connie touches is made better.
Meanwhile, outside the studio, the fall colors are reaching their peak, especially these past few days. There isn’t a road or view untouched by autumn splendor. There’s bound to be some busy days ahead for the Sievers camera!