I discovered the pre conference the year it was up in Wisconsin and I had to fly up there. Didn't think I could drive. A friend who'd moved to Washington State met me there and we both took the whole week worth of classes. That's when I learnt how to remove dye from the handwovens and have done that for years on the clothes that I sell.
This year I'm heading up to Hancock, MI on Friday. I'm taking Linda with me and dropping her off just north of Green Bay at Karen in the Wood's. I think they've got a huge week planned!!
I signed up for the pre conference class with Sheila O'Hara. My 8 shaft baby wolf wouldn't work for the project so I just "had" to order an ashford table loom. That's another thing. Going to these conferences you see lots of people's looms and find ones that you really like. No one down here had one but I wove on a couple last time at Midwest when I took Robyn Spady's pre conference class. I absolutely loved how it wove, great shed and that beater!! To die for!! So I ordered one. Finally got it together recently and put on a very short warp just to be sure I'd put it all together correctly and wove a set of mug rugs using all 8 shafts.
These pictures are for my Mom. Mom lives in Canada and can't get down here like she used to and I know she loves to see our plants.
We hadn't taken out plants out of the greenhouse yet because DH was in the middle of pressure washing and then staining the deck. We're kind of busy so it got postponed a bit longer than it should have. Early spring was cold and then it went hot but he did it! Yesterday we pulled out the plants that come out. Things like the Christmas cactus and the hibiscus stay in the greenhouse because the squirrels chew on them and destroy them otherwise.
This week I"ll just keep working in the studio as I can. It is going to be a busy one with distractions again but one gets done as much as one can!! Then Friday afternoon we'll be heading north. I'm not looking forward to going via Chicago which is why we're leaving Friday instead of Saturday. I want to give us plenty of time to get through there!!!
I'll take my laptop along and they say there's wifi in the common areas of the dorm so I hope to be able to send an update next week on the trip north. I think it's going to be cooler up there too! Might have to dig out socks if it's as cool as it has been!!!