Fun at CATS in Denver - Longish<G>

Fun at CATS in Denver - Longish<G>

Post by Linn Skinne » Mon, 01 May 2000 04:00:00



Well, here I am - home from another festival.  I know - you're saying she
gets all the fun, but I do have to work there as well<G>  However, meeting
all the great folks who come to the fests makes it worthwhile to say the
least.


who didn't even know what I was talking about when I mentioned any of the
above...  poor dears.

Everytime I think my students can't get more clever, innovative or skilled,
they surprise me to the max.  I even had a design problem in one of my
teaching projects solved by a student and it left me in absolute awe and
saying "why couldn't I have thought of that."

The PJ party was super fun - just ask Susan the Penguin Pal....  We raised
the most money yet for Boys and Girls Clubs and saw Cleocatra practice her
newest dance moves (watch out folks - she's taken to carrying around a mouse
in her pocket).  She's gotten very clever lately and can sign her own name
now - doesn't have to stamp it.

I was fortunate enough to keep Terrence Nolan (Professor Fizzby) company in
his booth as a trainee helper (aka "Dimplette") and learned even more about
his wonderful designs because I had an opportunity to really spend time
examining them and talking with everyone about them and learning a lot about
Terry's inspiration in designing them.  His new design of a ladyslipper -
the opening design in the series of flowers which accompany Amelia's story
is astounding.

Other sightings around the mall - Heart of Cross Stitch has a new dragon
design that will stop you fantasy freaks in your tracks as well as a series
of houses that will work on everything from a RR to an afghan; The first of
the Boyd's Bears charts were out at Stoney Creek Booth and I had to buy two
of them for my English bear-loving friends; I had a chance to meet lots of
folks I'd only chatted with online including Jeanmarie of Jenny June and the
Northern Needle folks.  BTW I covet one of the LandsEnd totes Northern
Needle has (two sizes with their logo and heavy enough to carry any amount
of stach) but have to save my pennies a bit.  They also have some of the
best nature charts from OOE, I fell in love with the owl, while Betty A.
(Snowgoose) yearns for the wolf.

I indulged in a new chart from Marilynn & Jackie's Collectibles.  Not one of
their whimsical trees or their great color studies but a Halloween chart
"Pumpkin Bumpkins".  It is designed with Caron threads and Jackie was
stitching another version in rayons but I headed back to Northern Needle and
picked up some Sampler Threads and Weeks Dye Works pumpkiny colors to see if
I could use them instead.  If you see Jackie at a show - tell her it's okay
to talk to you, you don't bite (she's a little shy and very modest about
their wonderful designs)<G>

As always Betty and Pete were most kind and stocked my books at Snowgoose.
Of course I did send over a friend who spent a year's worth of stash money
on Tatting books<G>

A big thanks to the CATS staff for all their work and to the Sampler Guild
of the Rockies who were invaluable help.  The showcase work by students was
out of this world and I wish every one of you had been there to see the
winning pincushions in the Piecework contest.  Piecework has a new contest
in the works for all of you - Needleworker of the year.  It offers a large
cash prize, allows you to enter in lots of categories and undoubtedly will
bring out the best - as usual.

Now all I have to do is put my feet up for a bit and get ready for Atlanta -
I had such a good time there last year, I can't wait to return.

Linn Skinner
Skinner Sisters

 
 
 

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Post by NEENich » Tue, 02 May 2000 04:00:00


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>Subject: Fun at CATS in Denver

Hi Linn
It was verry nice meeting you in person.
Ellie

 
 
 

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Post by AnnaMarie Lubo » Wed, 03 May 2000 04:00:00


Greetings:

I returned from Denver CATS yesterday and all I can say is WOW!!!  Well,
actually I have alot more to say LOL...

The classes I took were incredible.  Lynn Skinner is a great teacher as well as
an historian. I got questions answered for SCA documentation and learned
reversible blackwork in such a way as I feel confident I can do it on my own.  I
highly recommend any class she is teaching and please, lets all gang up and
request a goldwork class from her for next year <grin>

The progressive sampler was great fun and I enjoyed meeting all the various
teachers.  The merchandise mall was wonderful.  Since I only have one local LNS
it was great to see all the available goodies.  Stoney Creek had 1/2 price
fabric so I got some of that, got some wonderful tweezers and after looking at
it for two days I actually purchased Flower Power from Maureen Appleton.  It
will probably take me five years but oh well, I'll give it a go.  Something
Different was really neat and I got a few charts there that I'd never seen
before.

I learned hardanger from Joann Betz.  She made it seem so easy and got all of us
over our fear of cutting threads.  Liz Diehl taught the needlepoint class and I
figured out that being right handed, there is a direction for me.....  Once
again, I can do this now.  It's amazing for a teacher so young that she has more
experience in needlecraft than anyone I've ever met.

Margaret Regiel has the most wonderful teaching aid I've ever seen with her
stitch cards.  I'm going to practice my stitches and have them for reference
forever!

Now the highlight of the show for me was the *** Mystery....  It was
hilarious!!!    Meri Abrams of About.com bid the highest for the stash at the
end (a three x eight foot table piled high with goodies) and then she let me
have first pick of items and then gave the rest of the stash to all the
stitchers in the room.  What a hero, the kids got the money and everyone got
something from the deceased's stash.  She's tops in my book!!!

I only wish I could do it again but alas......  I'll have to wait for next year
or win the lottery before another show - LOL.

CATS staff were wonderful, informative, friendly, helpful and fast problem
solvers.  Make sure if you go to CATS to say hi to them all, they are truly very
hard workers, up very early to get to the registration desk and staying late to
work.

Well, that's my very long report but it was my first festival and I just can't
wait to go to another!!

AnnaMarie
Wolfe Song

 
 
 

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Post by Linn Skinne » Wed, 03 May 2000 04:00:00


Gee AnnaMarie, it's too bad you didn't have fun<G>

For someone who hasn't been stitching all that long, you have a lot of
talent.

I hadn't heard what Meri did with the stash, but that is typical of her
behavior - generous to a fault.

I look forward to seeing you in another class

Linn

Quote:
> Greetings:

> I returned from Denver CATS yesterday and all I can say is WOW!!!  Well,
> actually I have alot more to say LOL...

> The classes I took were incredible.  Lynn Skinner is a great teacher as
well as
> an historian. I got questions answered for SCA documentation and learned
> reversible blackwork in such a way as I feel confident I can do it on my
own.  I
> highly recommend any class she is teaching and please, lets all gang up
and
> request a goldwork class from her for next year <grin>

> The progressive sampler was great fun and I enjoyed meeting all the
various
> teachers.  The merchandise mall was wonderful.  Since I only have one
local LNS
> it was great to see all the available goodies.  Stoney Creek had 1/2 price
> fabric so I got some of that, got some wonderful tweezers and after
looking at
> it for two days I actually purchased Flower Power from Maureen Appleton.
It
> will probably take me five years but oh well, I'll give it a go.
Something
> Different was really neat and I got a few charts there that I'd never seen
> before.

> I learned hardanger from Joann Betz.  She made it seem so easy and got all
of us
> over our fear of cutting threads.  Liz Diehl taught the needlepoint class
and I
> figured out that being right handed, there is a direction for me.....
Once
> again, I can do this now.  It's amazing for a teacher so young that she
has more
> experience in needlecraft than anyone I've ever met.

> Margaret Regiel has the most wonderful teaching aid I've ever seen with
her
> stitch cards.  I'm going to practice my stitches and have them for
reference
> forever!

> Now the highlight of the show for me was the *** Mystery....  It was
> hilarious!!!    Meri Abrams of About.com bid the highest for the stash at
the
> end (a three x eight foot table piled high with goodies) and then she let
me
> have first pick of items and then gave the rest of the stash to all the
> stitchers in the room.  What a hero, the kids got the money and everyone
got
> something from the deceased's stash.  She's tops in my book!!!

> I only wish I could do it again but alas......  I'll have to wait for next
year
> or win the lottery before another show - LOL.

> CATS staff were wonderful, informative, friendly, helpful and fast problem
> solvers.  Make sure if you go to CATS to say hi to them all, they are
truly very
> hard workers, up very early to get to the registration desk and staying
late to
> work.

> Well, that's my very long report but it was my first festival and I just
can't
> wait to go to another!!

> AnnaMarie
> Wolfe Song

 
 
 

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Post by NEENich » Thu, 04 May 2000 04:00:00


Hi Anna Marie
Glad you made it home safe,and it was nice meeting you in person also.
I also want to thank Meri Abrams,for letting all of us, take from that table,
whatever we wanted.Thank you Meri
I dont know if you where still there ,when the Peoples Choice was given, but i
did winn that. Thar really surprised me.
Again nice to have met you
Ellie
Quote:
>Now the highlight of the show for me was the *** Mystery....  It was
>hilarious!!!    Meri Abrams of About.com bid the highest for the stash at the
>end (a three x eight foot table piled high with goodies) and then she let me

 
 
 

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Post by RamblHou » Thu, 04 May 2000 04:00:00


Hi AnnaMarie,  Oh, I wish I could have been  at the banquet...........
Everyone must have been so e***d.   i think the fact that the Boys and Girls
benefit from our ***ion is great.   did you hear about the PJ party?
   I really enjoyed meeting another "AnnMarie" who loves to stitch as much as I
do.   Thanks for the "hint" about the english needlework book.  I did order one
and can't wait for it to arrive.
    I still have no voice so I'm very quiet and my family is delighted to
benefit from this. My students were so understanding and helpful that it wasn't
a problem.  
   Hope to see you at another CATS conference.
Annmarie Allaire