Yes, the towels and twills were terrific, but more importantly this past week was terrific, led by instructors Connie Westbrook and Jeanette Biederman. Many of Connie’s students chose handwoven towel projects based on samples she brought to class. Students in the Twill Basketry class also had many choices for patterns and colors, inspired by Jeanette’s work. It was a week of terrific students having a terrific time making terrific towels and twill baskets!
Last week, both classes focused on landscapes. For two days, Susan Hoffmann led students through Landscape “Painting” with Fabric using one of her own designs as the class project. Although the elements in each were similar, every finished landscape “painting” reflected an individual style. At the same time, for four days, Donna Kallner and her students took field trips around the Island, taking digital photos they then printed onto fabrics for wearables, jewelry and small art pieces. Starting with Island materials and inspirations, their local color landscapes incorporated eco-printing and eco-dyeing. You can’t get any more local than these two landscapes!
This is a four-class post! Students in Rita Hagenbruch’s Friendship Coverlet class not only fostered friendships, but wove overshot blocks for each other. Those blocks will be assembled into coverlets, warming the owners twice: first with the wool and second, with the thoughts of their new weaving friends. Two classes of Tablet Weaving with John Mullarkey discovered all kinds of intricate patterns at their fingertips. John is one of three new instructors this year and we, along with his students, are so happy to have him here, sharing his passion, samples and knowledge of tablet weaving. Would it be summer at Sievers without batik? I don’t think so. The colors of the rainbow and all shades in between soaking […]
Save these dates for the Eighteenth biennial Sievers Gathering – September 25, 26 and 27! The Gathering is a weekend of workshops, evening programs, demonstrations, vendors, a fiber arts garage sale and celebration of student and instructor-made fiber arts. The entire event is open to the public with most events taking place on Saturday, September 27. New this time will be two workshops that begin on Thursday at 2pm and run until Friday at 4pm, “Surface Design on Paper” with Lorrie Abdo and “Landscape ‘Painting’ with Fabric taught by Susan Hoffman. These will be joined by a Friday afternoon workshop from 1-4pm, “Willow Garlic Basket” with Jacki Bedworth. Our Friday evening program will feature Daryl Lancaster speaking on “Parallel Threads that Parallel Life”. Saturday’s […]
We have made quite a leap forward with the hard work and help of our friends at 3W Design Media in Sister Bay, WI both in the design of our new website (what you see) and all the many intricacies within the site (what you don’t see). If you looked at the website only on February 1st or in the first week of registration, we invite you back to look at it again. There are some new features and some changes have been made that come after any new online adventure. We hope you like the new format. Since registration opened on February 1st, over 225 students have signed up for one or more classes. Thank you, and yes, summer will arrive one of these days! As we were hearing from […]
On Saturday, February 1st, registration will open! All of the class descriptions and complete information will be on our website, www.sieversschool.com. We want to thank Stephanie Lewis Robertson for allowing us to photograph her piece in progress, “Willow Patch”, that she was working on during her Making Your Mark: Fabric Printing and Dyeing class last August. This will also be the cover for our full brochure, mailed out at the end of February. In the meantime, here’s a look at some of the classes we’ll be offering in 2014 Sievers Class Schedule List 2014 Handwoven Bags and Totes with Connie Westbrook June 3 – 8 Patchwork Birch Bark Basket with Karen Tembreull June 12 – 15 Machine Quilting with Julie Lambert June 26 […]
With the sun out today and sub-zero temperatures this morning, a ride along Wickman Drive, Sunrise Drive and Old Camp Road captured the many shades of winter blues and whites with a steamy Lake Michigan in the background.
In the last two weeks, students have been quilting, sewing and knitting in the Sophie Studio, surrounded by snow and sub-zero temperatures. Ellen Graf’s “Latest, Greatest Quilt” class took place from January 6 – 10 and seven students worked on varied projects, from finishing by hand a quilt started more than twenty years ago, to designing a modern quilt. Two beginning students learned the basics of quilting using the nine-patch block.