Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Prairie Winds Midwest Weavers Conference Here We Come

We are getting ready to leave for the Prairie Winds Midwest Weavers Conference at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. The boxes are waiting to be loaded into the car and last minute challenges are almost met.

We will have all the usual items for tapestry weaving, including some demonstrations and a few new things. The beautiful bobbins from John Moss arrived in time and a couple more of my favorite necklace awls as well.

I have been experimenting with doing the leather wrap bracelets on the Mirrix loom. My last update showed this one on the loom with the leather cord used as warp and here it is finished. It has aventurine stones, crystals, tourmaline, sterling silver and size 8 and 11 Myuki beads.

Another view. I have added several colors of leather cord available by the foot...

and some lovely rustic sterling silver buttons to the items for sale.

Here is another one just off the loom with tourmaline and size 8 beads.

The back view with pretty silver button. There will be another one at the show that went to a new home without a picture and I hope to correct that soon. It had dark purple leather and amethysts with size 8 seed beads.

These bracelets are really comfortable and fun to wear and can be used as a necklace or a decorative holder for your snips.

Since Fall is just around the corner, at least when it comes to hand crafted/ woven items I have been thinking about an exhibit coming up for the Tulsa Handweavers Guild at the Dragonmoon Tea House. The items to be shown are Tea Towels and so I have warped a loom with some Summer and Winter towels.

I am hoping to make some progress on these when I return from Kansas. I have some nice colors to work with so it should be fun!

Here is a quick peek at the progress on the Mango Hunters. I am working on the plant now. I have been making quite a few changes to the design as I weave. There was a wooden spoon in the bowl of mangos that has turned into another mango instead. Also there was a beautiful flower on the plant which unfortunately had to go to strengthen the overall design. It will be a leaf instead.

The grande finale, a few pictures from Rendezvous in Edmund, Oklahoma.

There were many spinning wheels singing with their partners at the show and many friendly, spirited fiber folk to catch up with.

Below are a couple of pictures of the  Fiber Studio display.

A final shot of Tom at his loom with a tiny peak of Donna from WIM behind.

We had a great time!


  1. Bon voyage and happy trails to the Midwest Weavers Conference!! Although I will be with you only in spirit, I will keep weaving pick and pick as a metaphor for all the ways we fiber folk are connected. Take lots of pictures! (Maybe close-ups of some items in the Fiber Studio display?) Also sending applause in advance for Jeannine (because I know she will deserve it!) ....

    1. Thanks Margaret. I am hoping to get some good pictures while we are there and looking forward to all the festivities, especially Jeannine's talk. We will be thinking of you also. I hope we can get together for a tapestry day when we get back.