Dianne here…I apologize I have not posted for awhile. I have been posting more on the Facebook’s Rug Braiding Group, an active group I inherited as administrator, so am trying to encourage it. Check it out as there are talented people who post.
I am aware Christine has kept you (and me) entertained with her life and projects.
For me, we just returned from the Woolgathering in BC on Thetis Island and leave tomorrow for Valley Forge. It too just had its 10th anniversary and Gary and I have been to the last 9. It has morphed from a braiding camp to a fiber camp with many rug hookers and braiders doing both. Here is a pix looking from the braiding room out to the water on a cloudy day
But part of the adventure is the drive. All other Braid Ins I attend need a plane, but this one is driveable, albeit a long drive up Rt 5 into Oregon, Washington and across the border. But I don’t have to pack so carefully and can take lots of projects. The downside is crossing the border. Here is our Prius leaving home
And a restrained visit to the Pendleton outlet in Portland, only a little selvage Gary, tho we stopped for more on the return trip. The custom guard questioned how much we had for just a week but seemed to agree a fiber artist needs supplies and we passed without examination of the boxes and suitcases which included much velvet which I sold at the Braid In.
Big pieces for braiders and long strips for rug hookers Sue Davies a Canadian friend found the perfect pink velvet match for her hooked center. See below
Tomorrow I am off to the Valley Forge Braid Christine described. I too have been to all 10 and they have forged great friendships with many braiders especially Christine. As my husband is older and therefore longer suffering than Christine’s John, Gary just nods and asks for the itinerary.
My real reason for posting is to encourage you to seek out these braiding opportunities for their instruction but even more for their friendship.
PS: I have done this on an iPhone, not recommended.