I had a wonderful time at Convergence! Even though I did not take any classes I did get to see the Vendor Mall and the exhibits.
It was also so much fun to meet Claudia and Elena there. One of the most exciting things about the whole experience was meeting so many tapestry weavers previously only known through Facebook face to face. I even managed to make a few brand new friends while in Rhode Island.
On Friday I was able to make a day trip to the Fuller Museum where the Small Expressions HGA exhibit was installed as well as another wonderful fiber show.
Later that day we visited Peter Patchis yarn warehouse which was a fun side trip and I was able to collect a few samples that ended up in the sample I wove at the workshop later in the week.
The first evening of the ATA tapestry retreat was marked by an exciting bus ride that included a glimpse of the Rhode Island coastline, a dinner and concluded with the fireworks I mentioned earlier. They were actually part of a hot air ballon festival on campus that weekend but considering the timing it felt like they were especially for us.
Once the workshop started with talks by both of the instructors Susan Martin Maffei ( far left ) and Marcel Marois (far right) things started to get busy! In the middle is Mary Lane, coordinator of the event for ATA.
My workshop was with Susan.
Here are the small samples I wove during the workshop. Susan led us through four selvedge weaving ( no warp ends) and adding supplemental warps to create shaped tapestries and then through many interesting finishing techniques like embellishments with feathers and crochet; even how to move the warp threads to create shaped edges. Fascinating, fun and a great workshop! My only regret was that I couldn't be in two places at once and take Marcel's class also. Everyone who was in it seemed excited by all the design inspiration they received there.
After all the pleasant exhaustion of the ATA retreat and workshop I have to admit the trip home was not that pleasant. Starting with catching a limo ride at 3:30 am on Wednesday morning to arrive at the Providence Airport for a flight at 6am. Then sitting on said flight because of a computer glitch for an extra half hour which resulted in missing my connecting flight from Chicago to Tulsa. After a great deal of walking and confusion at the Chicago Ohare airport I discovered about 9 am that there would not be an available fight to Tulsa until 7pm. Ah, the joys of a 10 hour layover at the Ohare airport! Instead of arriving home at 10 am on Wednesday it was more like 10 pm.
Never mind, I had until Thursday at 7pm to pack and deliver my things for the Fiber Christmas in July show. This show just keeps getting better every year and despite my less than energetic start I had a great time. Lynn and Janet were there to help which made the whole thing possible. They definitely have the best food of any of the shows I do and we had a nice roomy booth space where all the looms were nicely displayed.
I had a special spot to demonstrate tapestry weaving and play with my new power treadle from Mirrix. It didn't take any time at all for me to become spoiled by the ease of opening those sheds. Channel six came by to talk with me and film me weaving as well as others at the show. If I find out when it will air in time I will try to post it here on the blog.
I celebrated the fact that FC is a local show by bringing the Mango Hunters to display.
Here is a picture with July 2014 complete.
I also took some details of June/July from this one at the bottom...
I now have August underway and am doing a little work on the top edge so I will have more progress photos soon.
I have a few other photos that friends have sent me but am having some trouble loading them so I will try to work that out for next time.
For now the fireworks are over and I am entering the nearly cooked popcorn days, small bursts of excitement followed by a little rest in between. I am ready for the popcorn days and ready to do some weaving!