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Weavers, spinners show is to dye for

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Hand-dyed yarn will be available at the show this weekend. (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. 9 and 10.

The weavers and spinners show annually 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.

With the theme "Fiber Artistry," this huge show features weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, basketry and other fiber-related arts.

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.

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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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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