If you've got feedback for the Fuzz Fest organizers, please leave your thoughts in the comments. They're hoping to repeat the event next year - and there will be a wrap-up meeting soon. If you have ideas for any improvements, I'd know they'd be glad to hear them!!
Now for all the buzz in my brain....
I am sorely tempted by 3 possible trips this summer, but I realistically have to choose just one. (I know I am a lucky, lucky girl to be able to do any such thing......)
Guatemalan Weaving with Deborah Chandler and Harrisville Designs
Doesn't this trip look amazing? One of my local weaving friends has signed up for the trip, so I'd even have the added bonus of knowing another traveler. Very tempting.
Two of my local weaving friends are going to Convergence in Albuquerque . I haven't heard yet from other guild members who are probably also attending. I joined HGA thinking I'd definitely go to this conference this summer.
Lately Jim and I have been planning a summer trip to Banff.
Even though all of these trips sound fabulous, I'm leaning toward traveling with Jim to Banff this year. We had such a great time on our Colorado/Utah trip in the fall. Banff will be spectacular and for this trip we'll both have cameras!!
I promise to try not to be too envious of my friends when they describe their wonderful weaving adventures. I wish I could do all three trips this year!!
Closer to home, there are two exciting workshops that tempt me. I haven't decided on either of them yet.
Opposites Attract by Bonnie Inouye in March at the Weavers Guild of Boston
The Boston Guild just opened up this 3 day workshop to non-members. Echo weave and taqueté will both be covered. (And more of course). Definitely tempting!
Sarah Fortin will teach Wearable Art & Sewing at Harrisville Designs
Sarah does amazing work. In this class, participants will make an unlined jacket or coat out of their handwoven material. I really want to sew a handwoven jacket someday, and the support of a class would be a huge help.
I'm not sure if I know enough about how to design an appropriate fabric for a coat or jacket. Hopefully next time I see Sarah, I can ask her advice about that. Even though class isn't until September, I'd want to get started on fabric soon so I'd have time to sample and come up with something I love. A jacket is daunting enough that I don't want to make one unless I love the cloth!
This class is definitely on my "some day" list, but will that some day happen in September of this year?
You know that I tried spinning on a wheel for the first time at the Fuzz Fest. So many of you asked how I liked it.
Of course I liked it!!! I don't know what type of wheel it was, but here is its picture with the kind person who taught me to spin working on it.
She was wearing a handknit, handspun sweater that was gorgeous, and had another sweater almost finished in her knitting basket. The yarn was so beautiful!!
Riverslea Farms has a spinning group that meets on Tuesdays. The teacher from Riverslea said she can teach most people to spin in a single 2-hour session, but that even the most uncoordinated, recalcitrant students can spin within 2 sessions. (So that means I might need 2 sessions! But that's not very long!)
Yet another temptation!
Gorgeous yarn, soothing activity.....
Does it save money at all? (Is that a hilarious question???) Should I just buy gorgeous handspun yarn when I want it??
For right now I'm going to try to stick with just weaving and knitting, but we'll see how long that lasts. (One of my friends said that if I start to spin, next thing you know I'll want to get sheep. There's some truth to that thought....so I need to be careful!)
Beautiful wooden tools
Look at these gorgeous accessories from Woodturnings by Cynthia, a woodworker in Dover!!
How did I pass them up? Indecisive....needle holder or seam ripper or magnetic scissor pendant or lunch. I only had enough money for one of those things. I went with food....figuring I can find Cynthia again somewhere local!!
Seeing the beautiful work of my local weaving buddies made me revise my immediate weaving plans. This year I really want to try
- Bead leno
- Blocks - esp doubleweave & overshot & summer/winter
- Warp painting
Fuzz Fest Organizers
Early planning has already started for another Fuzz Fest next winter!! If you have comments that you'd like me to pass along to the organizers, please comment or email me in the next couple of days! I know they'd love to hear your thoughts....and, as always, I would too!