As the thermometer is reading 42° at this afternoon and the bright sun is creating a cascade from the eaves, it seemed time to send along a few winter photos of the Island, before much of the snow is gone (temporarily, we’re sure). From the east side of Washington Island to the west side and from the harbors to the ferry passage through “the Door”, the ice will last longer than the snow but it may shift depending on wind direction. It’s not all barren landscape! Shore birds and ducks find resting places and fisherman create their own village out on Detroit Harbor. From the cold light of a February moon to the promise of warm sun for a good maple sap run, we embrace each season!
We’re officially in winter mode now that snow has fallen, ice is starting to form and our first Sievers in Winter class, Rag Rug Weaving with Deb Sharpee will begin Monday afternoon, January 11th. That will be followed by Basketry with Jeanette Biederman and Rich Prange (January 22-24) and Knitting Retreat with Sandy De Master and Mary Germain (February 17-20). The Island is showing winter colors in both Washington Harbor and Jackson Harbor. Thinking ahead to our 2016 season, some instructors will be returning to teach (Betty Glynn Carlson, Rita Hagenbruch, Mary Hettmansperger and Rich Prange) and some will be on sabbatical (Chad Hagen, Ruth Manning and Carol Rhoades). All of the remaining teachers who offered classes in 2015 will […]
We have set our Sievers in Winter 2016 class schedule! It includes a new option, Rag Rug Weaving with Deb Sharpee and of course, our continuing favorites of Quilting with Ellen Graf, Splint-Woven Basketry with Jeanette Biederman and Rich Prange, and Knitting Retreat with Sandy De Master and Mary Germain. Rag Rug Weaving with Deb Sharpee January 11 – 15, 2016 $ 210 (Intermediate – Must know how to warp and weave on a multi-harness floor loom.) Using recycled or new fabrics, weave a rag rug of your own design. Sewing machine in good working order recommended. Quilting Workshop with Ellen Graf January 18, 20-22, 2016 $ 185 (Intermediate to Experienced Quilters) Bring an idea or project in progress and Ellen will help […]
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.
In these first three weeks of February, we’ve had over 250 students register for classes. Wow! We are looking forward to seeing many of you this summer and fall! In the meantime, our last Sievers in Winter classes were in session: Knitting with Sandy De Master and Mary Germain, Splint-Woven Basketry with Jeanette Biederman and Rich Prange, and finishing today, Weaving Workshop with Connie Westbrook. As of yesterday (February 19), Sievers has a presence on Instagram. It’s only one photo so far, but it’s a start as I’m in the “learn-as-we-go” stage. https://instagram.com/sieversschool/ We like having many ways to say “hello from Sievers”!
Since we’ve had a touch of winter already, it’s high time we share our Sievers in Winter class schedule. Starting on January 5 and running through February 20, there are six classes offered. Quilting Workshop with Ellen Graf-Jan. 5, 7, 8, 9 Quilting: Beginners & Second Year Beginners with Ellen Graf – Jan. 6, 7, 8, 9 Wool Never FELT Better with Judith Yamamoto & Phyllis Kirchner – Jan. 15 & 16 Knitting Retreat with Sandy De Master & Mary Germain – Feb. 4-8 or Feb. 5-8 Splint-Woven Baskets: Independent Study with Jeanette Biederman & Rich Prange – Feb. 12-14 Weaving Workshop with Connie Westbrook – Feb. 16-20 For all the details, click on the full schedule. Sievers in Winter 2015 Schedule of […]
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 […]
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.