I got to go to western NC last weekend for the Southeast Animal Fiber Festival
near Asheville. I stayed in Hendersonville, about 15 minutes south of the site. I've been in the area a few times, so I felt right at home. I even know where to find meetings, and went to two.
I had two weaving classes, Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. The first one turned out to be a very basic discussion of how to figure warp and weft amounts. It was so basic, I probably could have taught it. Oh, well, no harm, no foul. I did find a skein of yarn afterward that I had to have (shocking, I know).
Saturday, I went to the NC Arboretum
, and enjoyed both the hiking trails and the Fiber Arts show at the Education building. The show was really good - I took several photos of works for inspiration. The weather was glorious, as were the fall colors, and the hiking was great. I was creaky for the rest of the day, but it was worth it.
After hiking, I went to Asheville for lunch and shopping. I got some yarn (surprise!) at Earth Guild, chocolates at The Chocolate Fetish, earrings at a gallery, and plenty of exercise. Then I took the Blue Ridge Parkway up to the NC Folk Art Center
, to see what's new there. I arrived at the same time as a busload of people from Charlotte, so the place was crowded, but they sure have lovely things!
On Sunday morning, I checked out of the hotel and headed north to the festival. It's across the road from the Asheville Airport, and quite close to Barkwells
, where we were earlier this month. On the way to the cabins, I'd noticed a park, so I went there walked around. The park has a boat launch for the Mill River. I walked around the park (pretty small, really), but I did get to see some cedar waxwings, a species I haven't seen in years. They are so lovely and elegant looking, I just love them.
I went to the Festival and wandered around, saw all the products and had some lunch, then went back and got three lovely skeins from Brooks Farm Yarn. (They are my Kryptonite, I can NOT resist their yarn.) I talked to the folks at the Saori weaving
booths, too. There are only a few Saori shops in the US, and we had reps from the one in Louisiana and one from Georgia. My afternoon class was Saori, and I really really liked it. Here's my class sample.
In fact, I liked it so much, I got a Saori loom. (Actually, Mom got it for me. Thanks, Mom!) I put it in the back of my car and drove it home, whee! However, because I have a double weave workshop with my guild this weekend, I haven't taken it out of the box yet. I have to warp my standard loom and get that ready for the workshop before I get to play with the Saori loom.
I've been fascinated with Saori for a while now, and last month, I made a moebius cowl in the Saori style on my table loom.
I wove most of the scarf, then unwound the completed part from the cloth beam and wove the ends crosswise into the other end, to make the cowl. I think it's fabulous.
Recently, I was writing about what I have (not) done with my college degree, and I tend to feel down about being (essentially) a secretary. But then I remembered - I'm actually a weaver with a day job. Most weavers are - it's not a lucrative profession, though some make their living that way. It took me a long time to find the thing I love to do, and weaving is it.