We’re back on schedule now with this post which covers three classes held in early August; Beading: Composing Components with Francie Broadie, the Beadwork Alumni Studio and Finding Our Way: A Dyeing Journey with Stephanie Lewis Robertson. We were very happy to welcome Francie and this new class to our 2021 schedule. Francie first came to Sievers in 2009 as a student in a Diane Fitzgerald beadwork class and has gone on to take many more beadwork as well as several fabric printing and dyeing classes here. She taught a workshop at the Sievers Gathering in 2018 and was scheduled to offer Composing Components in 2020. This was another new class that was long overdue! Students worked on creating rings, […]
Intricate designs in Japanese Temari was the focus of Judie Yamamoto’s recent three-day class. Sorted into categories such as “Complex 8” and “Complex 10”, students learned how to create the lush swirls and precise motifs on these elegant Temari. Lines carefully measured and marked across the circumference of the ball provided the starting points for the decorative stitching. At the same time, Stephanie Robertson’s Making Your Mark: A Fabric Journey class was in session. Compare the use of color, the variety of designs and the joy of the process. In contrast, no measured and precise lines while dyeing. Instead, the wonderful gift of experimentation and surprise (generally happy surprise) with each unveiling. If the original concept for the fabric doesn’t appear, there’s always indigo for over-dyeing! […]
For the first week of August, Stephanie Robertson’s class made their marks on fabric by screen printing, indigo dyeing, ice dyeing, direct painting, foiling, experimenting and discovering each day. Each time we walked into the studio the pieces changed as step one led to step two, three, four…and more. The indigo works it’s magic on the odd, but carefully planned combinations of clips and folds and ties. Bright and colorful, with jellyfish or without, the fabrics tell stories and leave their mark within the walls of the Walter Studio. A sneak peek into the overlapping class, Diane Fitzgerald’s Anything Goes…With Beads shows one of their first points of focus: zippers. We can’t wait to share more in the next post!
During the time Stephanie Robertson’s Making Your Mark fabric printing and dyeing class was visiting Daryl Lancaster’s Inkle Weaving class, the comment was made about the separate paths each group was taking in their creativity journeys. One was somewhat unstructured while the other had a more specific framework , but both allowed for experimentation and inventiveness. Simple screen printing, direct painting, ice dyeing, indigo dyeing and resist dyeing were just some of the techniques used in the Making Your Mark class. Fabrics for art pieces, quilts, garments and trim were singing with all the colors of the rainbow! Daryl’s students started with a basic inkle-woven band and then went on to more creative and intricate techniques including supplemental warps and wefts, pick up and name drafts. So […]
It’s hard to believe, especially for us, that only half of our class schedule remains. We’ve had the pleasure of seeing many of you already and look forward to seeing many more of you through October, so we look at it as if our glass is half-full. The classes leading us into the second half of our schedule were Table Loom Weaving with Nancy Frantz, Beading “Bucket List” with Diane Fitzgerald and Making Your Mark with Stephanie Robertson. The beginning weavers spent three days learning the basics while weaving a sampler on a table loom. There were beautiful beaded creations adorning the beaders themselves as well as their workspaces in the studio. Because Stephanie Robertson’s Making Your Mark class is still […]