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Wide world of color in focus at Weavers and Spinners show


Hand-dyed yarn in a rainbow of hues will be available at the show. Photo: Courtesy SWSG

Learn about textile arts, natural fibers at Shepard Center

Nature is filled with wonderful color, texture and the fibers of life.
Learn how these fibers all tie together -- and the skills to do it yourself -- during the annual Sacramento Weavers and Spinners Guild show and sale, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9.

With the theme “All About Color: The Color Wheel,” the show kicks off a new season at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Admission and parking are free and the show is open to the public.

“It is ‘all about color’ and we are going all out to make it a colorful event,” said member Josie Barnes. “There will be weaving, spinning, felting, basketry demonstrations throughout the two-day event.”

Lean how to weave and spin, too, as well as see how experts create these handmade textiles.

“There will be many opportunities for visitors to try things themselves, lots of hands-on (demonstrations),” Barnes said. “We do our annual showing off with a display of the many projects we have been working on throughout the year.”

Demonstrations and displays highlight various aspects of how natural fibers from flax and cotton to sheep wool and alpaca fleece are used to make textiles, garments, baskets and more. See how plants, minerals and other natural substances are used to create vivid colors including every hue of the rainbow.

Several guild members will offer their handmade work for sale.

Interested in growing a dye or fiber garden? This is a great place to learn what to plant and how to harvest.



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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

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