Hugs to all of you fiber friends and welcome to the month of love and hearts! Valentine brings a little warmth to the very cold winter. Nature is so encouraging, my bulbs are coming up through the snow and my Christmas amaryllis is still green but waiting for company from my customary pink and red roses.

I managed to get all my tax information organized in January and I am excited to go back to my old stomping ground in Franklin, NC where I lived for over 20 years. The 1 ½ hour drive west from Asheville is beautiful any time of the year and has a special stark beauty during the winter. I enjoy the trip to see my accountant and several old friends, mostly one special friend in the nursing home.  So there is some joy in taking and picking up my taxes.

It was also a month of “paperwork”, which is a great thing to do when the snow piles up outside. We already had several snowfalls and ice events in Asheville so far and more interesting weather is predicted for this coming weekend.

My application to Fiber Forum April 2019 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts was completed and I hope to teach a comprehensive Heritage Lace Workshop at that event. The applications for SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair) 2018 just arrived and I will teach my regular slate of 6 – 8 Workshops there in October.  Demo dates for the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be announced later this month, then I can post all of the above. So be sure to check my Events page on this website very soon.

As a reward for working through all those forms on the computer, I created a mountain of Victorian balls, just for fun! They are popular not only for babies, but many of my customers purchase them for Alzheimer’s patients or just to enjoy. They are made from bedspread and smaller cotton thread and are sturdy as well.

I also completed a midnight blue cashmere blend wrap, which will debut at my first demo date, most likely in April. Although the Folk Art Center is open, often long stretches of the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed due to weather. Our local customers and friends who know the secret, use the access ramp close to the VA.

So unless it is really treacherous, the Folk Art Center is accessible.

February brings 2 restoration jobs on estate table cloths, more “paperwork” and maybe a chance to get back to my next writing project. Don’t forget to treat yourself to one or both of my new books for inspiration. Just click the link on my front page or click here: http://amzn.to/2lVgMU

Happy Valentine to all!

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