Excuse me while I blather on about how amazing our guild is becoming. At the February meeting it was reported that we had 13 new members from last year. The attendance at Wednesday's meeting was double any we've ever had and it was only a business meeting followed by study group reports. Between the outreach last March and the launch of our blog last September, we are generating interest and excitement. We have always been a weaving guild but Victoria said she doesn't want to weave but doesn't want to leave the guild either, would we consider a non-loom study group? So in September that group launched as off-loom bead weaving and what they showed at the study group reports was jaw dropping. Keep in mind that Karen Huntoon is a member of that group so the bar is set very high. Victoria is a collector of found objects and this is how she incorporated them with beads. She calls the collection Artifacts. The bottom center artifact is simply torn cardboard, only not so simple. And that's where I see the distinction - Victoria is an artist, I am an artisan.
And about me - I finished my recent towels, again using colors I find in Fiesta Ware pottery, though after my wrist slap for naming them that and then listing them on Etsy, I'm going to come up with a new name. I am thinking about closing my Etsy shop anyway. Something about them offering an IPO and going public turns it into a business, and I'm not a business - I am a hobbyist.
Meanwhile I've wound another warp for the 8-shaft huck lace, this time in 8/2 tencel, set at 20 epi. Huck is an unbelievably easy pattern to thread. I was ambitious with the last scarf at 30 epi and have decided to take a step back. Maybe I'll try that again later, we'll see.
Cindie Kitchens who has been a wonderful help to me as I struggle to learn this craft. I'm excited about eight shafts but didn't want to copy patterns from Handwoven magazine. Right now, my 8-shaft loom is all tied up. HeHe - weaving joke :)