Monday, October 19, 2015

Guild Fair

This weekend was my big fall show in Asheville. Set up was Wednesday and the show ended yesterday at 5. Packing, loading, driving and unloading at home meant I was in my chair relaxing by 10:15pm! That, with a huge sigh of relief. Another show done! I became a member a long time ago. It was 1985. I still wonder sometimes if they really meant for me to be in. It's such a prestigious group of craft people. I'm proud to be a member.
I forgot to take pictures before the show started so took a few snapshots during the show Saturday. Some of these pieces have new homes this morning. The little purse above is being shipped to The Netherlands for a sister to use as she bikes around town. 
The painted vests went over well with several selling early on. I had made a couple of long sleeve pullovers using bamboo that I'd painted. One even had pockets.....that one sold within half an hour of the show opening. I didn't get pictures of them.

I like making jackets where I blend colors in the warp. This one's navy with natural and a cranberry color. Woven with navy.
Fun vests with bits of color cascading down.
And another jacket with color progressions.
It's interesting to talk to people at these shows. They inspire you to keep going. You get ideas for new warps to try, colors, styles, etc. Plus if you've done it for as long as I have, you have repeat customers who force you to keep evolving and creating new things to add to the repertoire. New color combinations are what I'm always trying for. You can't keep doing just what you've always done. You need to push yourself out of your comfort zone, put something new out there and see if you're still on the right track. For me this time, it was pockets. I'm always asked about pockets and I very seldom do them but with bamboo, it works. Big, sloppy patch pockets work. 
Next up, winding more warps and scheduling another couple of dye days at the center. Got to keep working. The Foothills Craft Guild show is in a month. This time Tuesday Weavers has a booth, too! So we're all working on production! 
Until next week, keep weaving!


LA said...

Sounds like you had another great show!

Harriet Gamble Hensley said...

absolutely gorgeous .....

erin said...

Stunning! Remind me to introduce you to my friend, Me. Welt. Heh.

Tina J said...

Those pieces are really beautiful! I love how your booth looks, so colorful, you are my color guru

Hilary said...

wow Carol.......awesome work.......I am particularly in love with the LONG ones in the second photo. Just beautiful. You inspire me in my efforts to weave less rugs and more clothing.