Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kid n Ewe and Vikings Too

I recently returned from taking the Fiber Studio on the road to Boerne, Texas for the Kid n Ewe show where I shared a booth with Gwen Witherspoon from Fiber Clouds and WIM ( Weaving at Indian Meridian). Thankfully my friend Lynn Tedder also went along to help out and we had a wonderful time.

Packing for a show like this is an art in itself and finding a spot to put the clothes was pretty difficult. Recently we have installed a roof top carrier which should make it easier next time.

Once we arrived there was the task of setting up in one of three spacious buildings on the Kendall County Fairgrounds.  After some planning we set to the task and a few hours later our booth was coming together.

Beautiful fibers hand dyed by Gwen and woven scarves, tools and luxury fibers from Donna Hilton at WIM.

I had some of my tapestries on display and my mascot Lizzy hand woven
by Jeannine Glaves was presiding over the booth.

I had a number of bracelets made on my Mirrix Looms as well as a necklace and some pins that were new for this show.

We had a pretty busy first day with setting up and keeping open till 6pm. The next morning we woke to the most beautiful Texas morning.  I took a few minutes to snap some pictures of the Live Oak trees across from our motel.

I loved the negative shapes in this one.

The next morning at the booth we got right to work. Here is Lynn warping her Mirrix 12 inch loom with two tapestry bead cuff projects.

One of my favorite parts of a show like this is demonstrating the tapestry and jewelry I like to do on my Mirrix Looms.  We had lots of interest in the tapestries, Miyuki beads, Ymmyarns and John Moss bobbins.

Another exciting thing about doing shows is the opportunity to meet other vendors. In fact you never know who might come by to see you. I was able to meet an online friend that shares my interest in weaving tapestry diaries. It was so nice to meet you in person Lydia!

Toward the end of the show I also met a group of women from Viking Invasion. They are a group of re-enactors led by the Texas Elag who share an interest in bringing Viking era history to life. They bought several Ymmyarns for the scenes they are reproducing from the Bayeux Tapestry which depicts events leading up to the Norman conquest of England.

They shared some pictures of the project with me. These are not tapestry but cloths embroidered on linen with colored woolen yarns.

Here they are in period costume demonstrating the project.

Here is a close up of the stitching.

Here are some of the finished panels. They were such a fun, and interesting group. I really enjoyed meeting the "Viking Girls"!

Right next door to our booth was the Buffalo Gold booth and they had all kinds of products made with Buffalo fiber. I was particularly interested in the hats and since we were in Texas after all I decided to splurge on a felted buffalo cowboy hat.

Even before I returned home I started thinking about the beaded hat band I could make on my Mirrix loom and here it is.

I thought it turned out pretty well and now I also have a buffalo fedora that needs a hatband.

Back in Oklahoma but still feeling pretty comfy in my cowboy hat.


  1. Hi Jan
    I was fascinated by your account of the work the Viking Girls are doing and the great photos you took of their embroideries. I've always been interested in the Bayeux Tapestry and have read Jan Messent's wonderful book about it - The Bayeux Tapestry Embroiderers' Story.

  2. Thanks Angie, I enjoyed the enthusiasm that they had for the project and it was fun to meet them and hear about it. It really is an interesting piece of fiber related history.

  3. I love everything about this post--especially the halo on Lynn in the backlit photo :)

  4. Thank you so much for posting about our Viking group!!!!! Awesome!
    Btw I have bought a Mirrix loom in the meantime and have started experimenting, I am actually finishing my first bracelet right at this moment!!!

    1. Very cool Soliwit, send me a picture if you can. I would love to see it. You can order Mirrix items from me also. Keep in touch.