Autumn, Amish and Ohio
The September 9, 2012 meeting offered a chance to drive through some of the most beautiful parts of rural Gallia and Lawrence Counties on the way to Marlene’s home. Autumn flowers provided a brilliant pallete of color–iron weed (purple), Joe pie weed (dusty pink), blue asters and cornflower (soft blue), goldenrod and tickseed (yellow), set off by white asters and still-green pastures. A few trees are beginning to show a hint of color, mostly early-turning tulip poplar.
As we drove, the early Sunday afternoon roads bore numerous Amish families driving home from church in their buggies, each greeting their fellow travelers with a friendly wave. Amish hold church in one another’s homes, moving aside furniture to make room for chairs. Their homes can often be recognized as they are typically large unadorned 2 stories, often with walk-out basements, lots of windows, porches, clothes lines, and no electric service. Barns and business-oriented buildings are set nearby, alongside large gardens and pastures. And of course, horses and buggies.
This part of Ohio has shown a strong upswing in the number of “plain people” who live quietly among their “English” neighbors. Amish carpenters are a common sight reroofing and building houses across the area. Other Amish industries include furniture making, shed construction, metal fabricating, baking, green houses, truck gardening ….. There seems no end to their entrepreneurial efforts to add hard cash to the produce from their gardens and pastures. Amish children learn responsibility and the reward of hard work early.
Suzy gave us a summary of the August 11 day trip to Columbus quilt and yarn shops–see the separate post for details. Adell told us about her farm–fiber animals and fleece processing. There is a separate post for that, too–look for “Where We Create Part 4”. Marlene asked for volunteer coordinators to help distribution of guild labor for planning the annual outing (Suzy) and large group projects like the wall hanging donated to the FAC (Cathy). Marlene talked about her experiences being host for 2 weeks for a big-name felting instructor.
During show-and-tell, Marlene revealed that she plans to write an e-book on Shambolic felted vests and showed us her progress on the vests to be featured in the book. Since felting is such an unpredictable process due to variation in shrink of materials, using the same prefelt and roving is important to being able to come out with a wearable garment that is the expected size. She showed us two patterns she had made for the vests, one for 30% shrink, one for 50% shrink. Amazing how large one must start–no wonder she needed a separate studio for her expansive work surface! See the June post, “Where We Create Part 3.”
Cathy showed stage 2 of her art quilt, the completed applique of a man sitting on a park bench with the white dog she showed in June. Suzy continues her farm series of small pillow tops with a pumpkin patch scene.