We find ourselves on the last day of our last class of the 2013 season so grateful for all of our teachers, students and customers. It has been another great year and we’re already thinking about 2014! Speaking of lasts, a week ago, the last Sievers 36″ Floor Loom made its way down Door County to Sturgeon Bay. The new owner had prepared a room especially for the loom. What is a last for us will be a first for a new weaver. Here is October 27, in photographs:
It is hard to believe, but we are down to the last two classes of the season, Deb Sharpee’s Rag Rug Weaving and Jo Campbell-Amsler’s Willow Harvest and Weave. Where did the time go? We realized a day or so ago it was near the end of the season when we saw some snow flurries mixed with rain, but the enthusiasm of the students, the work they’re doing and the fun they’re having is as bright and fresh as it was on May 17, the first day of classes in this our 35th year. The rag rug weavers are surrounded by colorful warp, fabric strips, threads, sewing machines and various snippets and scraps; the willow students by bundles of Michigan Green, Walter’s Gold, […]
The students in Donna Kallner’s Local Color: ‘Landscape’ Surface Design class are transferring their digital images taken on field trips this week to fabrics by using sun printing (and there was just enough sun the first afternoon), thermofax and inkjet printing and dye painting. Hand-embellishing each, they will create pieces that capture special memories of the places they visited, what they and their cameras saw and of their time together. With the fall colors at their peak, some of the local color made it into this posting as well. For more on the class, field trip photos and events of the week, Donna has chronicled the class day by day on her own website/blog, www.donnakallnerfiberart.com.
Before we get to the fall color report, I wanted to share this link about Sievers. About two weeks ago we had a visit from Katie Schnorr, the arts blogger for the Door County Visitor Bureau. Click the link to see what she wrote about Sievers and her photos: http://doorcounty.com/arts-blog/uncategorized/a-little-scrap-of-heaven-at-sievers The fall colors this year are inching towards the deep oranges and reds whereas last year, we saw more yellow and gold. A climb to the top of the mountain tower and views both northeast towards Rock Island and north are in the photo tour. The fields are filled with deer, wild turkeys, geese and pheasant.
Because there’s a lot to show both with the two knitting classes in session this week and almost-peak fall colors, this post is split into two chapters. Chapter 1 will introduce you to the Knit-to-Fit Scandinavian Mittens class taught by Carol Rhoades and the Creative Knitting Retreat team-taught by Mary Germain and Sandy De Master. Both classes began Tuesday afternoon and will finish Sunday morning, after five days of knitting in the studios, at the Red Cup Coffee Shop, Danish Mill and outside in the sunshine. Knitters in both groups will meet tomorrow night at Trinity Lutheran Church to eat turkey and all the homemade trimmings at the annual Harvest Dinner after a Sunset Resort breakfast and famous caramel apples at the W. I. Farm […]
All the activity is inside the studios this weekend with Barbara Heike’s Viking Knit Silver Jewelry class and Ken Workowski’s Bent Willow Chair class. With a total of 23 students working on their projects, who notices the rain outside? (Well, we did get caught in some of it visiting the willow benders in the Walter Studio.) The Viking Knitters were happily wearing their first bracelets this morning and the chair makers were in various stages of attaching the bent willow arms and backs to the bases this afternoon. Tomorrow, the Washington Island Ferry Crew will see the chairs on trailers and pickup trucks and may get some good-bye waves with wrists adorned with Viking knit bracelets!
From weaving wearables, table runners and rag rugs to dyeing yarn and fabric, sewing, bookbinding, knitting and quilting, the sixteen ladies here for these four days of Open Studio have been busy working in the studios on their own schedule. Put these photos together for an “Open Studio Sampler!”
You certainly can pack a lot of action into four (5-day) classes at Sievers. Sharing September 17 -22 were Robyn Spady with her Exploration in Weaving: Block Party class and Deb Jones with Spinners’ Retreat. Then we continued with Beginning Weaving taught by Nancy Adams with assistant Susan Johnson and Splint Woven Basketry with Jeanette Biederman from September 22 – 27. Four classes, ten days, a lot of learning, a lot of projects and a lot of fun. It’s hard to believe that one month from today will be the last day of our last class. That means we’ll have to start planning for 2014! As a reminder, the Sievers Gathering, our 18th “reunion” weekend with workshops, vendors, speakers and fiber arts garage sale […]