Sunday, May 9, 2010


I belong to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. In fact, we just realized, I've been a member for 25 years and have done alot of the shows in Asheville over the years, missing only about 3 of them! Each years the Guild has a Fiber day on the Mother's Day weekend in May. I've never been able to go until now. Yesterday DH and I drove over the mountain. Since the interstate is open, finally, we decided it was a great excuse to get out of town for the day!
We had a great time. I got to meet some of my heroes that were demonstrating their craft. I hope that next year I can join them! Before I really started weaving, I did some quilting. Actually I grew up with quilting in the family so it was a natural progression. I finally met Georgia Bonesteele yesterday! She had a table and was demonstrating. How many of us have her books? I've got at least 4 of them! Have had them forever!!! They are the core of my quilt book stash!

Someone who is almost always at the Guild Fairs and most often at the kids craft table is Sandra Rowland. These pictures don't want to move where I want them to, but above you see a child decorating her paper. Sandra had sewn zippers on the paper and they were sewing onto that fabric. She was busy inspiring them. Sandra's not much taller than the girls, but she's great. She's a real free spirit and I love talking to her. Her quilts are always an inspiration. They're not like Georgia's but are very unique and tell her story of what her life's like as she makes them.

Sandy Adair is a tapestry weaver. Here you can see on the left of the picture, a bit of the tapestry she's working on right now. Sandy used to do the shows. She says it's been 15 years since she did them and I know we did several years together. She and I were part of a bunch that would go out to eat after a long day at the booth. Her work is exquisite, mostly centering on the mountains where she lives. I love her work!

I'm sorry that Marilyn Sharp's picture is blurry. Marilyn I met because she was at the weaving conferences. Her specialty now, tho, is baskets. She is very creative in her designs. I have done just enough baskets to know that I don't want to do more but she's using interesting materials and designs to create wonderful shapes.

Sheila Rauen is a neighbor. She lives just over a mile from my house. She's an amazing quilter. Sheila's fascinated with cats, dogs, flowers, animals. She uses her sewing machine to satin stitch images onto her background fabric and then layers it with her batting and backing and has the most incredible control in machine quilting them together. Someday I would love to be able to afford one of her pieces. On my very very long to do list is making a wall hanging using some simple images and see what mine would look like. I know I don't have the kind of control that she has in quilting. You would have to see it up close to believe it. I didn't trust my camera to be able to take a picture that would show it.

Barbara Miller is the Matriarch of weaving in the mountains. She is amazing. I know our local weaving guild asked her years ago to come teach a class on old weave structures. They were ones that were woven back in the 17 and 1800s. She has researched weaving and is a treasure trove of information. She may not weave as much now as she used to but she is great and always willing to listen and advise. She had an overshot pattern on her loom.

Pam Howard considers Barbara her weaving Mom. I don't blame her!
Pam's the resident weaver at John C Campbell Folk School. She was here actually representing the school but, guess what, she brought her wolf pup!!!
I hadn't had a chance to talk to her alot before yesterday so was glad to have a chance to sit down and chat. She's taken the challenge to teach and gone with it. She's an enthusiastic weaver and another one that I'm glad to consider my hero.

Tommye Scanlin is a first rate tapestry weaver. I took a class with her a few years ago on color. That was very helpful. Now I think I need to take another one on tapestry. Not having a design background, I think that getting some pointers on that would be great. Plus, she has the best class notes I've ever seen for her students! I think it would be worth the fee just for them!
Tommye's another weaver that is very giving and helpful. She is so willing to share her knowledge. I love that.

Speaking of heroes, my first and most important hero is my Mom. Mom's in her mid 80s but that's not stopped her. She still knits most every day. She's not letting anything stop her. Mom didn't have her drivers license when we were young. We had only one car and Dad took it to work so she stayed home and kept busy with the garden and us kids. When Dad took himself to the hospital with a bloodclot in his lungs, she decided it was time for her to get her license and she did. She was in her 60s. They would drive down each year to visit us and she was fine going 70 on the interstate anywhere, even between St Louis and Kansas City or going around those cities!! Mom doesn't do as much as she used to but she is still very involved with all of us. Oh, yeah, she emails me every day and if I am too busy or somehow unable to email one day, I hear about it too!
Thanks Mom and all our Moms for being there for us!


LA said...

It looks like you had a great time! I can't wait to hear more Tuesday. Have a great Mother's Day!

Tina said...

I probably will only be a drive by on Tuesday, but I hope to hear some good things about the fair while I am there.

Bonnie said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time and met some great people.