Rita's first demo of the season at the Folk Art Center just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Rita’s first demo of the season at the Folk Art Center just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

April went fast and quietly while we were waiting for spring to arrive! Winter is hanging on with freezing nights and windy, cool days. Finally some warmer temperatures are in the forecast and I am hoping for a month of no heat/no AC and open windows. Regardless, I am ready to spend time on the porch and work on summer projects.

Our annual Southern Highland Guild meeting a couple of weeks ago was well anticipated along with chances to improve marketing and visibility of the Guild. Satelite meetings in advance of the event really brought fourth concerns and questions of all our members, even the ones far away from our Asheville home base. Over 100 questions were answered and addressed in the afternoon portion of the meeting. We all feel blessed to be part of such a loving Guild family.

I enjoyed meeting my new mentee, a fabulous knitter from TN, at our latest mentor workshop. Her work is extraordinary and her images will be submitted for part one of the application process in just a couple of weeks. I feel very confident about her future as a fiber artist.

This last weekend was my first demo date at The Folk Art Center for this season and as usual, I met many nice people from all around the world. I love to talk about not only my designs and techniques, but also my books and the Workshops on Udemy.com. Broomstick Lace pieces were most popular this weekend, maybe the open lace patterns invite the idea of spring!

In May I am looking forward to Fiber Day, May 12th at the Folk Art Center. Most of our fiber members get together for this fun event and many even bring their furry friends, we have rabbits, sheep, lamas and maybe even other surprises!  Come and join us if you can!

Happy spring!

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