Wow! What a great weekend at CNCH!
Here are some highlights. Some of them will show up as longer stories later.
Syne Mitchell, who writes the online magazine, Weavezine, gave a great keynote speech about using the internet to keep the craft of weaving alive.
I took her class on this topic, too. I'm thinking about getting myself a new domain name, and creating a new blog site that will be more polished looking and stand in place of a website. I'll give you plenty of notice before I move.
Weaving in the educational booth was lots of fun. The belt with letters came out great and lots of folks got to see it coming along. I finished the strap from the previous post with beads on the borders.
A group from the Handweavers Guild of Monterey invited me to sit at their table in the crowded restaurant. They were clearly having a good time and it was fun to share in that.
I met a wonderful backstrap weaver from Bolivia, Laverne Waddington, whose work I have been greatly admiring on the web. Our Santa Cruz guild hopes to get her to do a workshop for us in the future.
Laverne took me along when invited to see a collection of sashes from Russian "Old Believers".
Kathe Todd-Hooker taught a class on how to make the traditional tassels for these sashes.
The fashion show was full of amazing garments and hosted by the very entertaining Rachel Clark, who I am fortunate enough to know in a local textile art group.
My wallet did not take a huge hit. I did not go crazy buying yarn, just picked up some carpet wool for cheap, and some wonderfully crafted wooden shuttles from Jim Pritchard of Herndon Creek Farm.