Tuesday, November 26, 2019 – CHINESE DRAGON BOATS

This will be a hand’s on meeting program…we will be making Chinese Dragon Boats! Jane took Marilyn Romatka’s class at Convergence in Reno last July and had lots of fun making these. She purchased 50 cardboard pre-scored blanks at Convergence in anticipation of this presentation. Originally made in China for the Dragon Boat Festival on the 5th day of the 5th month (of their lunar calendar), boats were raced, crowds cheered, and ladies in the neighborhoods made these traditional Dragon Boat Sachets and gave them to their neighbors as gifts. They can be stuffed with lavender or herbal medicines. The outside is made of 1/8″ wide colorful ribbon (from Ben Franklin’s Bag Day!).

Brief bio: I’ve been sewing since I was 8, knitting since I was 10, tablet weaving in the ’70’s, and started weaving on a rigid heddle loom also in the ’70’s. Just before we left Colorado to move back to California and Grass Valley, I bought a 4 shaft table loom from the Carbondale Loom Company. It was horrendous, and had the same warp on it from the time my daughter was 2 1/2 until she was 22 years old. The loom was donated to the Community Center for the Arts and I swore off loom weaving…until I visited Mardi Nathan’s Glimakra Ideal, and it was all over. l also do backstrap weaving, tablet weaving (again), kumihimo and crochet. I teach basket weaving at the guild level in round reed, plaited and rib style baskets.


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