Dianne here: So I am back in California, the braiding desert….with few braiders to interact with. But lots of wonderful memories of the fiber trip. What I want to write about today is how wonderful it is to connect with fellow fiber enthusiasts….or more generically, how wonderful it is to connect with others who share similar interests and passions. These are truly our kindred spirits I think.
The trip afforded that what with visiting the Green Mountain Rug Show, teaching and visiting at New England Braids and finally chilling with Christine and Kris McDermet in Boston. In some ways the last was the best, sharing our love for braiding and hooking (Kris and me) and our friendship which has grown from the time I met Christine in 2006 to when we met Kris in probably 2008, through the writing of the book and now, sharing ideas for projects, troubleshooting problems as they arise and relating stories of our teaching experiences.
I feel so fortunate to have met Christine and Kris and all the other braiders and rug hookers. They have expanded my friend pool both in numbers and in depth. I would imagine I am not alone in feeling this way, even in areas which are not braiding deserts. Am I right?
As you can see, I started it as a continuous, then tapered before changing to the brown and butted all rows since the taper. I think that is a nice compromise, faster with the beginning being continuous, yet a sharper look with the butted rows, especially with new colors. I will post a completed pix with better color when done!