October 2021 Newsletter
Which way does the wind blow?
September can fool us with off-again on-again rain or sunshine and warmth. October is not fooling around. Blustery and nippy are the words for today. The everbearing strawberries have gifted me two last sweet pieces of fruit. The volunteer sunflower made it through two storms. It’s looking ragged, but I’ll leave it for the squirrels for as long as it stays standing. Fall and winter are filled with comforting activities, especially those involving fiber, friends, books, and food. The slow cooker comes out, for cooking and weaving at the same time. There is a new warp on the big loom, and it’s getting dark long before bedtime now, so weaving at home in the evening is on the agenda, and the books that have been piled up during the past few months are beckoning.
One of the books I read and re-read last winter was Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chodron. The book was a gift from Nancy Bjerke to many of her friends. It was so like Nancy to be thinking of the feelings of others, in the face of a nasty diagnosis. Nancy truly brought new meaning to the term “Living with cancer.” In whatever she did, Nancy Lived! May we carry that cheerful and loving spirit into and through all our pursuits.
Grateful for all of you, and yarn too,
Carol Berry, President
P.S. An expert in many complex weaving techniques, Nancy embraced Saori weaving relatively late in her weaving life. In Zen vocabulary, SAORI is the combination of the words 'SAI', meaning everything has its own individual dignity, and 'ORI', meaning weaving. Nancy loved to share the principles and practice of Saori Weaving, and her burial shroud was woven by many friends, using her loom, and the Saori method. More about Saori weaving here.
SAORI's 4 Principles:
1. Consider the differences between people and machines
2. Be bold and adventurous
3. Look out through eyes that shine
4. Inspire one another, and everyone in the group
Which Way the Wind Blows. Sunflowers and Weather Vane in a Bellingham backyard.
Last Strawberries of 2021
Warm colored warp on the draw loom