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My name is Tyler Haywood. I am an 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Tumwater Middle School. I am one of two teachers who run the Homesteader program, which educates students on the life and times of the early Puget Sound pioneers. As part of this, we teach them hands-on skills.
Over the next three weeks, I will be teaching the girls how to knit and spin wool into yarn. Unfortunately, I do not know how to use a spinning wheel or a drop spindle, and the people who usually help us are not available this year. I understand that this is extremely short notice, but would there be any members of your guild willing and able to volunteer their time in my class? It would just be for two to three days, from 8:00 to 8:50 in the morning.
If this is not possible (and once again, I understand that this is very short notice), would next year be a possibility?
Thank you for your consideration.
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Can you share this with the Guild members who might be interested ? Lois Thadei, Olympia
Dear Olympia Weavers Guild Members:
OK, my Aleut basket weavers. It’s beach grass getting’ time again. Hooray. This is the traditional grasses I harvest every spring for weaving. You are invited to join me.
If you’ve been weaving with the waxed linen following our presentation last month for the Oly Weavers Guild you can join me. If you wish to continue your weaving using the traditional wild grasses, this is the last time I will be sharing a wild grass harvest session.
Hopefully you can make it.
How it Works:
Let me know if you are coming, so I can expect you. email@example.com leave me your name, e-mail, phone including cell phone.
We meet at Trader Joe’s parking lot at the 2nd exit to left on Highway 101 just N of I-5 in Olympia, WA.
May 26, 2013 8 AM.
On the coast it will probably be blustery, blistering hot, colder than heck, sunny, rainy, foggy, wet raining, snowy, windy and, and, and …….. Wear layers, bring a scarf, weather resistant shoes/boots, gloves and such.
What to Bring:
· a couple gallon jugs for collecting sea water
· a sharp harvesting knife (I use a pareing knife and also brind a big old chef knife)
· an old bed sheet
· a few zip loc bags (who knows, might find something you want to take back)
· a pocket full of cordage or strings
· munchies, juice
· A damp washrag in a zip loc bag so you can freshen up
· Money so we can stop at a restaurant and eat a hearty lunch when we are done
· Sun block, bug spray, eye glasses as needed, cameras.
What we Harvest
We will be collecting an armload of Elymus Mollis, which appears to be having a GOOD YEAR. We will swing over to Bowerman Basin and also check on the 3 cornered sedge, cat tails and water iris. If it looks like we can harvest some big handsful we will. Also, canary reed grass is usually ready for a harvest at this time. We time the harvest to concide with the ripening of Salmonberries. But, given our hectic urban schedules, sometimes we are off by a week or two. We work with it.
Again, where we meet and how we Travel
We meet a 8 AM at the street edge of Trader Joe’s parking lot at Hwy 101 and Harrison/Cooper Point in Olympia. Once there, we will arrange any carpools that wish to form. We’ll be back before dark. Of course, if you take your own vehicle, you are in charge of your own time schedule. It’s about a 11 ½ hour drive to the harvest site not far from Westport, WA.
Lois “Louie” Chichinoff Thadei (Aleut-Sealaska)
MAILING Address Only: 120 State Ave. NE #1455 – Olympia, WA 98501
Web Site: www.aleutwoman.com/
Alaska Native Arts Foundation: http://www.alaskanativearts.org/shop-artist-individual?id=148
Aleut People Worldwide: http://wdict.net/word/Aleut+people
Washington State Arts Commission: http://www.arts.wa.gov/folk-arts/master-artists/thadei.shtml
Old Masters (NPR): http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuow/sets/72157622974889054/
My photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aleutwoman/
(forwarded via Tamie)
Public Relations and Marketing Assistant
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
University of Washington | Box 353010
Seattle, WA 98195-3010
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The Yarn-in-a-Bag challenge for 2013: All participants contributed odds and ends of unwanted yarn, which were divided up into bags and redistributed. The challenge was to create “something”–woven, felted, knitted, crocheted, braided, or knotted–from the yarns, which were mixed wool, … Continue reading
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Members getting ready for ANWG 2013, with the theme “Crossing Threads, Crossing Borders,” OWG’s interpretation is “Baggage We Carry.” The emphasis is on baskets and bags (and what they contain or represent). Of course, there is the usual proliferation of … Continue reading
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