April / May 2021 Newsletter
Weather to Weave?
Even after 40 years of making my home in the Pacific Northwest, I am still a fool for this time of year. I am so glad I got those bulbs in the ground in November, because I crave the spring flowers, but it is just too cold and wet to get outside in March. And then, as of now - though things will probably have changed by the time you read this - it’s been sunny for a number of days. I have actually been outside without a sweater. Snap pea starts are in the ground, and weeds are suddenly huge. And yet, I know in another week the weather will turn back to “normal” and the question of whether to garden or to weave won’t be a conflict.
This season is always a new beginning, even more so this year. As a Guild, we have navigated new ways to communicate and support our common interests. Missing in-person connections, we have developed online interest groups. Small groups are meeting in settings that provide levels of safety the members are comfortable with. Wanting to learn and improve our skills, we have signed up for online workshops and classes, and redoubled our efforts to learn from books and videos.
In 2021, it is the aim of the Whatcom Weavers Guild Board to ensure that each member is able to connect and continue our shared interests in the Textile Arts in settings that are safe, healthy and inclusive. How will we connect this year while protecting our own health, that of loved ones, and what about those of us that are kept apart by closed national borders? The plan is to continue monthly all-member meetings and programs via Zoom for the immediate and foreseeable future. Small groups, meeting in person, or online, as decided by the small group membership, are providing additional learning and community connections. Several groups have formed, and new groups are being asked for!
Read the full newsletter to see the list of study & interest groups, and groups that are forming. Whether you want to learn to warp an inkle, borrow a rigid heddle loom, or meet up with others who share your current textile passion, let it be known.