April was a great kick-off to spring with a fun workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts for a very advanced group of adventurous crochet artists. We studied Heritage Lace Techniques in Contemporary Applications; they were super creative and inspiring!

Crochet Class
Talented crochet class at Arrowmont School of the Arts

We had 4 days of great accommodations and super delicious and healthy meals, which made the weekend go by too quickly. The event was part of Fiber Forum 2019 and it was sponsored by the Handweaver’s Guild of America. They did a great job hosting everyone and we are already planning for 2021.

We made a short mini vacation stop in one of our favorite places, Cherokee, NC. Harrah’s Casino and Resort is one of our occasional guilty pleasures! Customer service is unparalleled, and the restaurants and entertainment first class.  The weather has been spring-like and enjoyable, despite a few stuffy noses and other allergy symptoms.

I found another gem for you to read, which I would like to share: Practice Mindfulness through Crochet and Knitting at blog.redheart.com

This post gives us 7 reasons why our favorite activity is so important for our mental wellbeing. It’s a good read!

May brings several birthday celebrations – one special one for my Fabulous Four Friends will be held at my house with a decidedly European menu. It is also a bon voyage party for one of the Fabulous Four, who will be spending time in Austria and Switzerland; that’s all I can give away for now!

The second weekend in May is our annual Fiber Weekend at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Saturday brings fiber artists together in the auditorium as well as our four-legged friends who supply lots of fiber. We enjoy lambs, sheep, rabbits, goats and lamas. I love to watch the animals grow from year to year and try to recognize little friends!   We invite visitors to enjoy the animals and all the weavers, spinners and fiber artists. Bring your projects and join us!

Sunday, May 12 is Mother’s Day and we invite visitors to bring their moms and friends to our annual Fashion Show at 1 pm and 3 pm in the Folk Art Center Auditorium. I will be moderating the show for the first time. Liz Spears had this fun job for many years and will be a tough act to follow! We have an entire committee to get the job done. I am very excited because one of our beautiful models will feature several pieces from my geometric collection. Granny Squares were all the rage on the runway in Milan this spring, Dolce & Gabbana showed several tops and coats made from granny squares. I am excited about the role of crochet fashions this spring and summer!

From Rita’s Geometric Collection

Samples of my Bridal and Baby Collection are still on exhibit in the Focus Gallery through May 7. My April Musings featured pix of the show.

May 16 to 19 I will be demonstrating lace techniques in the lobby of the Folk Art Center. If you have any questions or challenges with projects in progress, feel free to bring them along and we will trouble shoot together.

Some of my new design items are long, fingerless lace gloves in beautiful colors and materials, including silk, linen and hemp, my newest favorite fiber. It is soft and durable and comes in beautiful colors. I also have brand-new silk filigree bracelets, a beautiful summer accessory. Take time to check out all the new fashion ideas and plan on a visit to the Folk Art Center in May!

Let’s celebrate spring and kick-start our creativity!

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

7 Tunesian Lace
June Musings 2019

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