Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Showing Up and Showing Off
I wasn't able to attend meetings due to my cranky back and simply not able to sit in old wooden hall chairs without pain for 2 + hours. This month I felt I could manage the time and it was nice to see everyone! Just me showing up was my main 'show and tell'.
I wasn't planning on taking pictures but the appointed 'photographer' had her camera battery die on her so she asked me to snap some with my phone. I have forgotten some of the names of who did what but it was great to see that most all bring something along they have been working on to share. The summer and winter tea towels shown above were woven by Gudrun and the little pin cushions were a collaboration between her husband and herself. She said it can be done with small sample pieces of handwoven and that's another reason to add extra inches to your projects!
So what else was there?
Jan was also wearing this lovely knit little capelet (not sure what to call it besides gorgeous!) Her daughter knit it for her and it looked wonderful all draped around her neck. It would have better to see it modeled by Jan herself (oops!)
Lastly, I took along my twelve guest towels for show and tell. (Its been a long dry winter here weaving wise!)
Last April 2010, I took a three day workshop with Alison Irwin on double weave pick up, Finnweave and mock satin damask. This spring she is offering a workshop on kumihimo in April and inkle looming in May and I signed up for both! She's an amazing instructor and I have no doubts it will be fun and well detailed. I had applied for a scholarship with the Guild of Canadian Weavers on the basis of the class last spring with Alison and was granted a scholarship! This means that class was covered and I can also attend these two classes with the proceeds. I'm just thrilled! I have had to write an article for the GCW Bulletin about the three day workshop experience, which I have submitted and will be published, with pictures, sometime in the spring or summer issue.
And another reason to go to guild meetings? Its nice to simply be with like minded people!