Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
The Fiber Retreat is held at Lincoln University's Carver Farm each year. It is a wonderful facility! We had 190 people registered this year taking classes. Registration included buffet meals together which was a great time to catch up with old fiber friends and make new ones.
There were vendors, too! Lots of shopping till you dropping! To the right is my friend, Bonnie Ahrens, in her booth selling fiber. Bonnie also taught a Nuno felting class. If you are interested, check out the event for yourself for next year. Lots of classes are offered at very reasonable prices. And its a wonderful, peaceful feeling to be in the midst of fellow fiber people. I am originally from Missouri and you drive past the State Capital Building to get to the retreat. And I would drive by it each evening going back to my hotel. I still get a feeling of childish awe driving by it all lit up at night! I guess it is from childhood because the capital in Springfield, Il doesn't affect me at all. Maybe that feeling is part of my affection for this Retreat, I don't know, I just know it is there. There is a Gallery of participants work to admire. And I do spend time in there admiring their work! In the past couple of years the Retreat has expanded into a local 4-H Camp to accommodate more registrants. Below is a picture of Leslie Carroll-Bartlett manning what I call 'the command post' at the entrance of Carver Farm. She is there most of the weekend answering questions and giving directions. Thank you, Ms. Leslie, for all you do !
The last picture is of the other side of Carver Farm. It is a working sheep and goat farm under the wise eye of Dr. Helen Swartz. Now that woman is a phenom!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I have been very busy the past weeks getting ready to teach a class at the Jefferson City Fiber Retreat. I'm teaching how to make the feltball bracelet shown above. It should be a fun time! I've been putting together the class supplies and then there is all the 'stuff' you bring with you to something like this. You know, a knitting project. First, I have to decide on a mindless knitting project. One that I don't have to follow an intricate pattern because I am talking and visiting the whole while I am knitting. Then, what if I get that one done? I need to bring a back-up, mindless knitting project. Then, what if I get tired of knitting? I need to pack a needlefelting project. What if I don't feel like needlefelting? Watching people spin makes me want to spin. I have learned that before. So I'd better pack my spinning wheel, also. Luckily there is only wheel I travel with, so that one is easy! But what fiber do I bring to spin? Decisions, decisions! It takes me a while to pack. I am looking forward to a weekend with fiber people doing fibery things! I've added a couple more pics of the llama carting class. We will be offering it again in the fall. Talk to you soon,
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Yesterday we, 3 Sisters' Workshop, held our class "Carting With Llamas" with instructor Tim Kohloff. It started out a rather soggy and cool day but it didn't bother the spirits of those attending! We had a blast.
This is a picture of Mr. Miller hooked up to his cart with Tim at the reigns to get him off on his first spin around.
Talk to you soon, Tammy
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Talk to you soon, Tammy