July 2019 Newsletter
Summer is here! July brings rhubarb custard pie, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, basil pesto, Dye Days outside in the garden, and...weaving wool yardage for the Skagit Valley Highland Games! The 25th Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games are July 13th & 14th, 2019, at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon, WA. The traditional practice of fulling yardage accompanied by singing and scottish music is amazing! The finished yardage comes back beautifully fulled and ready for sewing. Who else would like to weave wool yardage for this festival next year? How about a wool weave-along this winter!
The Lummi Nation will host the Paddle to Lummi from July 24 to 18, Sqweshenet Tse Schelangen/Honoring Our Way of Life. Nine WWG members have created 80 handwoven gifts in support of this event. In the Lummi Tribal Center, weaving of traditional shawls and robes has been happening all year. We are honored to add our smaller handwoven pieces, in the tradition of the Lummi and Barber handweaving connection, to the hundreds of gifts that will be given to guests at the ceremonies and potlatch.
The Fair is coming! Are you ready to enter? - New! This year the Wool Show is now Wool and Natural Fiber Weaving, and includes plant fiber as well as sheep wool and animal fibers, on and off-loom weaving, caning, basketry, and knotting. All the weaving you’ve been doing in cotton, linen, hemp, rayon, bamboo and tencel, now has divisions and classes listed. I expect we will have some wonderful entries, and great fun at the Fair in August.
In closing, I would like to share with you a beautiful statement from The Woven Road (thewovenroad.com), a fiber art podcast and blog. “When we engage in fiber arts, we are creating something, but we’re also participating in historic traditions tens of thousands of years old. You are not only making art for your soul and for future generations, you are embodying the work of our ancestors.”
May you have all the lovely string you need, to keep you happy and connected this summer!
2018-2019 WWG President
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