The Island in winter means a subdued winter palette, quietly matched by the sounds of bird song or the beating of wings overhead, or the creaking of ice expanding and contracting under the sun.
Day by day, the colors are becoming more brilliant. We haven’t had a lot of blue skies to highlight the leaves, but they’re beautiful even on cloudy or rainy days. Not quite at peak color yet, it’s a joy to see each day’s new palette. Today begins the second Creative Knitting Retreat class with Sandy De Master and Mary Germain. Who knows the projects the students will bring? (We’ll show you in the next posting.)On the weekend, the knitters be joined by Ken and Michelle Workowski teaching the Bent Willow Chair class. We’re looking forward to the fun days ahead!
The nine students in Kay Normann and Drew Tibbetts’ Basket Weaving for Beginners class held this week are taking home plenty of new baskets to show friends and family. Whether they’re used for décor, at the table or to store and tote, these baskets will also be carrying a bit of the Island back home with them. Baskets are meant to carry or hold many things. Perhaps they will also hold some of these Island scenes from this week!
It’s time to share some of the Island roadside nature scenes from this week. Lady slippers are still in bloom and with the warmer temperatures, some of our animal friends are making their way out of the marshes. The garden is especially colorful this spring and we’ve come to the wonderful time when the Siberian iris are in bloom in front of the Walter Studio. The Island is always dressed for the photographer, whether it’s daytime, after a rain or at sunset. These two warm and fuzzy friends… …remind me to bring you more photos (soon) of the spinners in Spinners’ Retreat with Deb Jones and the weavers in Beginning Weaving with Nancy Adams […]
If you didn’t travel to Washington Island for the Memorial Day weekend, you may want to visit by watching this video, produced by Door County Today Online (www.doorcountytoday.com) titled, “Washington Island: A Documentary”. It is a half-hour tour of the Island including interviews with several people, including Ann at Sievers. You’ll catch a glimpse of Carolyn, weaving on the demonstration loom in the shop, several weavers in Rita Hagenbruch’s weaving class and Cindra, too, singing in the W. I. Music Festival Chorus shown later in the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUKVkQZZNYw&feature=player_detailpage For a shorter five-minute video, just on Sievers with expanded footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCTvnN4YJwU&feature=player_detailpage Of course, we hope we’ll see you in person, too!