July 2018 Musings

June brought a little summer respite with time to visit friends, leisurely outdoor dining and the opening week of the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival. Piano concertos and favorite operas bring back childhood memories of musical performances when I was growing up in Europe. The Festival continues through August and I am looking forward to several more concerts under the stars and operas in the auditorium.

My talented mentee’ and prospective Guild member received good news the middle of June, she passed the image jury of her application process. This process consisted of images of a body of work with detailed descriptions. She is now proceeding to the object jury, where her collection is actually being touched and examined. Her work is very contemporary and ground-breaking. I am certain she has a great future ahead of her as a designer and very proud to be a mentor of such a talented lady.

Last month I finished a traditional Christening gown and worked a very unusual but fun alteration.

A Line Skirt alteration and restoration

BEFORE

skirt after restoration

AFTER

One of the local yarn shops referred a young lady to me; she wanted to have her crochet A line ripple skirt altered to a straight pencil skirt. This required separating the front and back sections, careful counting to remove stitches evenly on both sides and re-attaching front and back sections in a straight line. It was challenging fun! She was extremely happy to have her skirt in this updated style.

July brings 2 exciting demo events. I will be at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway July 14th. through 17th. and then I am off to the annual Southern Highland Craft Guild Summer Show. I will be demonstrating at our Educational Outreach booth downstairs in the Cellular Center Arena July 20th, 21st and 22nd. My somewhat limited display wall will feature monochromatic lace pieces in white, ecru and beige. I believe my Bridal Collection and Victorian Baby pieces will make a nice visual impact.

Here is wishing you a happy Independence Day, fireflies, watermelon and home-made ice cream. Let your summer time livin’ be easy!

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