August 2022 Newsletter
Seated in the shade, pitcher of iced tea, sprinkler going under the blueberry bushes… a black-capped chickadee is enjoying the water spray and cooling breeze with me. A dye project is soaking in its final rinse. All that’s left to do is pull it out of the (cool) water bath and hang the skeins up to dry.
The weld in my garden (which yields an almost neon-bright yellow with calcium carbonate added to the dyebath) is six feet tall. Sadly, my Japanese Indigo seeds I started in May never germinated. It just wasn’t warm enough for them this spring. However, the dyers chamomile starts, given to me last spring by another guild member/gardener/dyer came back in force. For the most part, I purchase the plant dye materials I use, but growing what I can is satisfying, and a way to feel connected to artisans through the ages and all over the world.
Weaving Around the World seems to be a theme for our Guild Programs this year. We have a full schedule, not just weaving of course, including a couple of hands-on programs, if we can safely meet in person. We had a fun get together at Marine Park in July and met some new members in person! Our August “Swap, Shop, and Social” will be an opportunity to re-home fiber supplies and equipment and see old and new friends. There will also be show and tell, and information about study groups, mentoring, and community projects. Zoom meetings and programs will resume in September, with some monthly meetings combining in-person and online options.
This outdoor weather won’t last forever. We’ll be planning and settling down to indoor projects before you know it. For now, there is iced tea, the latest Handwoven Magazine just arrived, and enough blueberries that I can share some with the birds. Fiber life is a good life, and it’s my life!
2022-2023 President, Whatcom Weavers Guild
Washcloths for Hospice show and tell at the July get-together. For information about this project, contact Sheila Atwater.
Sharon and Barbara at the Park, July get-together. “Long time no see!”
Weld plants, AKA “Dyer’s Rocket” reaching for the sky.