Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

A practice of peace and patience

Sisters Jean and Diane pass on their textile skills

 

Photo courtesy Diane Piette

Diane Piette (left) and her sister, Jean Hendrickson, at the door of the Peace and Patience studio.

Peace and Patience Textile Arts opened on a farm east of Moose Lake in mid-May. Sisters Jean Hendrickson (Peace) and Diane Piette (Patience) are multi-talented ladies and are offering classes to men and women who are interested in learning a variety of skills in working with textiles.

The sisters had a large studio built on the farmhouse near the home where they grew up, and that's where people can learn weaving, batik, basketry, tapestry weaving, silk painting, and felting.

"The studio was built for craft people - ourselves and others - to have a beautiful place to work," said Piette in a recent interview. "People want to learn those skills and value them again."

Piette's name is familiar because she was the art teacher at Moose Lake School from 2001 through 2008. She spent the last few years of her career teaching art to students in an alternative learning program in Cloquet. Jean Hendrickson's name is familiar from her work for many years with Frank Skalko at the Moose Lake Veterinary Clinic.

Diane and her husband, Joe, a Moose Lake native, had lived in Esko but recently moved back next door to her home farm, where Jean still lives.

"We are starting a new venture," said Diane. "We each have looms that have been silent too long. We will be teaching small classes and individual students."

Fabric woven on the looms can be put to a variety of uses: rugs, household items, clothing, place mats, runners and basket materials.

Piette described the new studio.

"It is 1,600 square feet on a huge concrete heated slab wrapped around the farmhouse," she said. "There are 10-foot ceilings and natural light from the south-facing porch, where there are rocking chairs to sit and read."

Piette explained where the studio names, Peace and Patience, originated.

"The names honor 16th century weaving crafts from the estate of a New England family named Kirby," she explained. "The mother and daughter were Peace and Patience."

Piette, with the Guild members, deciphered and re-wrote the drafts into current notation for weavers, she said. She then wove all of the patterns for a museum in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Piette explained that the skills they have come from their mother, Catherine Hendrickson, who is a quilt artist. At the age of 89, she is still making beautiful quilts. Her treasured, gifted quilts are personally designed, machine-pieced and hand-quilted. For three or more months, the quilting frame is up over the dining room table.

For the past 29 years Catherine has donated a stunning, hand-quilted piece to a quilt auction that raises money for a camp for handicapped children.

As the sisters look forward to working with the students in their new studio, they are thinking about the good times ahead.

"The reason for the studio is so we can keep all of us together," said Piette. "We will share the space and share our laughter. It's not about us. It's not a retail shop. It is about supporting and encouraging the creativity in others to keep us working and healthy and laughing."

The studio is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The classes are scheduled at various times so contact Peace or Patience for more information at PeaceandPatience@gmail.com or call 218-341-8495.

 

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