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
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
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.