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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 June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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