July 2019 Musings

July Musings Crochet Scarf

Summer is here! It arrived bringing lots of rain and ugly storms but finally decided to give us sunshine along with lots of heat.

June brought several birthday celebrations and this month I am looking forward to concerts and opera performances at the annual Brevard Music Festival. It is always such a treat to get together with my musical friends and enjoy our favorite composers and operas, many of them not experienced since childhood.

Last month our Southern Highland Guild Curator, Nikki Josheff, took several pieces made by Guild artists to the Appalachian Cultural Center in Washington, DC for a year long exhibition. One of my lacy Christening gowns along with matching cap and booties in bullion stitch will be on display there through May of 2020.

After a short conversation with a prospective customer this last week I felt the need to write a clarifying article about one of my favorite subjects: Repair versus Restoration. Many people search the internet if they have a favorite heirloom in need of some attention and they look for Repair, which is fine. However, there is a huge difference between Repairing a few bad spots and Restoration to original, like new condition. Click here to read the entire article.

I am looking forward to a very busy July, in addition to the musical fun, I will be demonstrating at the Folk Art Center July 11 through 14. There are new lightweight summer wraps, lace gloves, head bands and bracelets for your summer fun and several new items for babies; head bands are so popular now and I made several in Irish lace for that special summer princess.

July 18 through 21 is the time for our annual Summer Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands at the Cellular Center in Asheville, NC. You can find me greeting visitors at the door, passing out programs and answering questions in the Educational Outreach booth at the arena level. Be sure to put a visit to the Craft Fair on your agenda if you are in the WNC area.

Registrations for this year’s SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair) workshops open the middle of July and I am very excited to announce my October 24 through October 27 workshop line-up as follows:

Thursday, October 24, 9 am till noon: Classic Hairpin Lace
Thursday, October 24, 1 pm till 4 pm: Fabulous Broomstick Lace
Friday, October 25, 9 am till noon: Heirloom Crochet Thread Lace
Saturday, October 26, 9 am till noon: Crochet for Knitters
Saturday, October 26, 1 pm till 4 pm: Easy Tunisian Crochet and Lace
Sunday, October 27, 9 am till noon: Continental Knitting
Sunday, October 27, 1 pm till 4 pm: Crochet Design Secrets

To review all SAFF workshops and to register Click Here

Think ahead to fall, October is a perfect time to visit the mountains of WNC, so come and enjoy the area and take a few workshops at SAFF while you are here!

For now, I wish you fireworks and a happy Independence Day!

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