Come enjoy a day with Suquamish Weaver, Nancy Sigo, who will share her wealth of knowledge about weaving with Western Red Cedar. Students will learn the techniques of basic weaving, and twining using dyed raffia, and will learn about, and have the opportunity to use bear grass as a decorative weaving element. Students will use natural or dyed materials as they are designing their necklace pouch, learning to control the shape as they progress, and finishing the edge with a neat rim. The splitting technique is an important part of the teaching and participants will be engaged in preparing some of their own cedar strips for weaving. Nancy will provide her prepared materials in kits.
There will be a materials Fee Per Student of $40. Please bring a check or cash to class.
Please bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch in.
Instructor Bio: Nancy Sigo, a member of the Suquamish Tribe, learned to gather, process, prepare and weave cedar bark; in the time honored cultural practice of using native plant fibers to weave traditional material objects for a wide variety of functional uses. Over 26 years ago, Nancy began to learn from her relatives all aspects of how to weave with Western Red Cedar, and many other weaving materials like Bear grass, NW Sweet Grass, Rye Grass, and Nettles. Nancy shares important knowledge from her own life experiences and her Salish weaving culture. When, where, and how to gather; how to process and store the materials, so many lessons to learn. Nancy feels very blessed with the gift of weaving from a long line of grandmother teachers. She looks forward to meeting others who share a desire to learn this type of weaving and will gladly share that knowledge.
Contact: Sybil Carrere at Fiber.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org