April 2019 Musings

I am very excited to be part of a special exhibition in the Focus Gallery of the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can enjoy some images of the all-white pieces from my baby and wedding collection. To enlarge an image, double click on it. This will open and display the images in an enlarged ‘slide’ view. The musings continues below the images.

Happy April Fools Day!

No kidding – spring is finally here and we are enjoying bouquets of camellias and narcissus, as well as stuffy noses from the white and lavender blooming trees in our neighborhood.

I am very excited to be part of a special exhibition in the Focus Gallery of the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can enjoy some images of the all-white pieces from my baby and wedding collection. Our curator, Nikki Josheff, did her usual fantastic job displaying my work in its best possible light. Since many of you are too far away to visit the exhibition in person, I hope you enjoy these images. All pieces are for sale and available after the exhibit closes in early May.

My next big event starts later this week at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. I will be part of Fiber Forum 2019 and will be teaching my 4 day workshop: “Heritage Crochet Techniques in Contemporary Application”. After the workshop we are going to take a short vacation nearby to enjoy some of our favorite hangouts. I have taught at Arrowmont before and always enjoy the atmosphere and the lovely setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Later in April I am attending the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s annual meeting and taking a short trip to my previous hometown of Franklin, NC to speak at their Spiritual Light Center. I still consider it my spiritual home. We usually meet friends from there and as far away as Georgia and spend some time together at our favorite Chinese Buffet. Overall, April looks like a fun and peaceful month.

I seldom endorse websites or specific articles but found one this last week that I wholeheartedly agree with. It is on Psych Central under “Crafting to Heal” and covers broad research on the benefits of crochet. It is a short but excellent 3-minute read. Take a look, it gives us crocheters cause to keep on enjoying all its benefits.

Have you noticed, crochet is very much in the news these days? Good Morning America reported a few days ago that crochet accents and accessories are a big trend for spring and summer. So, we better start thinking about some special additions to our wardrobe to show off our crochet skills!

I had a special request for lacy summer fingerless gloves and have been busy designing different versions; some are made from embroidery silk, some from #10 mercerized cotton, all worked in thread lace with a size 7 or smaller hook. Many of them have embroidery or floral touches; I promise some images next month. A parade of them will be completed just in time for my first demo season in May.

Thread lace worked with the small metal hooks also lends itself to lovely summer hats and light and airy scarves. Use some crochet trim to dress up a favorite outfit from last season or add some extra length to a child’s sweater or dress for added wear and a fashionable touch.

Let’s greet spring with some crochet accessories!

“I do what I love and I love what I do.”