August Musings 2020

Happy Birthday to me!

I am giving myself a new smile, thanks to 2 new bridges, a new vacuum cleaner and a fun day of yarn shopping, a socially distanced lunch and a drive in the country with my spouse.

We spent July working on my new Heirloom Treasures Boutique website, featuring my high-end items. My latest creation is featured here in the Musings picture, it is part of my Irish Lace Wedding Collection. I spent several days taking images of pieces from my Ladies, Bridal, Baby and Christening Collections. I also continue to work on new creations, expanding my thread lace techniques and adding to those ladies’ and baby’s collections.

Meanwhile, my 4 existing teaching workshops continue to be very successful, I have almost 1,700 students all over the world. The most popular workshop continues to be The Ultimate Course for Beginner and Intermediate Crochet, closely followed by Heritage Crochet Lace in Contemporary Application.

There is also Crochet for Knitters and Continental Knitting. I usually teach these workshops every fall during the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF), which is cancelled due to Covid-19. So, I decided to add another one of my successful workshops to my Udemy line-up. This one is called: The Finishing Touches, a comprehensive Guide to Edgings and Embellishments for your Crochet and Knitted Designs.

Due to the virus, many people spend more time at home with creative projects. The Finishing Touches will be a nice addition to my existing workshops and should be posted on under my name by the middle to the end of August.

One large disappointment was the cancellation of this year’s Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair event. I have taught 4 days of workshops there for the last 11 years and will miss seeing the other instructors and my favorite vendors. We all agree better to be safe than sorry and will stay in touch with our students through other means, such as our websites, U Tube videos, teaching videos (like and a Ravelry group. We are always available for you.

On the bright side: Since the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway is now open to the public, there is a slight chance we may be able to start our artist demonstrations again.

I am all set for August 20th. through 23rd. if it seems safe for us and the public to communicate with masks and through plastic sheets. A very different experience, but well worth getting back to our fiber friends again!

I hope everyone is well and safe, stay home as much as you can and use this time for creative explorations or learning new techniques.

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