Monday, September 24, 2012

Third Coast Fiber Fest was just the best!

I had an absolute blast! The festival took place on the campus of Wayne State University. I got to hang out with Sarah Peasley, Sally Melville, Candace Eisner-Strick, Judy Pascale, Sheryl Theis, Ellen Taylor, some old friends and some new friends.

Sandra, owner of Artisan Knitworks and Mother of the festival made sure I had everything I needed for my classes and personal comfort. I was well fed and slept in the most comfortable bed at the Inns on Ferry street.

I taught a beginning rigid heddle weaving class all day on Friday. I had 7 terrific students. They stayed very focused, got their looms warped. They took to weaving like warp to weft, so we were able to play around with pick up sticks in the afternoon. This really means creating textures and patterns on our otherwise plain weave fabric. Not tossing sticks into the air to see where they land. Not on purpose anyway.

After a full day of teaching weaving, I was pretty spent, and desperate to knit. But! I had left my knitting project in my room. I was forced to go into the market to buy some yarn. It really was beyond my control. There were a LOT of really interesting vendors. I finally settled on a big ball of silk
Merino yarn from Twisted. I cast on my five stitches for Whippoorwill, and it was time for Sally's talk. She encourages knitting during her lecture, so I was able to cast on three more times before I got it right. By the end of the lecture I has finished about twelve rows.

Saturday I taught another day long class: color theory. We delved into color harmonies, value keys, simultaneous contrast and more. It was a discussion based class. The students were very insightful, and we all learned from each other. The event wrapped up with a jazz serenade, munchies and wine. The best news would be the words I heard over and over on Saturday: "next year... " Be there!

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