Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weaver's Potluck and the 5 "F's"

Nothing like a snazzy one liner to get your attention...Food, Friends, Fair entries, Fabulous Fiber show and tell, and Fun planning. Oh, I just love alliteration.

Seriously, the Weavers held their annual "Summer's over, let's get back to weaving" Potluck and judging from the number of folks who came, we're soooo ready. Ready for a new year, ready for what will be an exciting year filled with programs, workshops and other opportunities. We have two workshops in the planning. In late September, John Mullarkey will teach a 2-day “Tablet Weaving Workshop". The second is a TBD, perhaps with Ruby Leslie or Mary Sue Fenner. As to when-we're thinking spring, past the muck and mess of winter. I don't know though, I'll really miss not having to chip my car out of its ice casing to go home. Betty will investigate the options and get back to us. This year's programs run the gamut from Weaving in Scotland and in Norway to Warp Dying. We will again have some challenge event for our May meeting. Any ideas? And there's a plan afoot to hold mini-workshops like we did for the federation meetings last spring.

As always, the food was great and of course, non-fattening. The fair entries were beyond description, so many beautiful pieces, from a white handwoven christening gown, to shawls, rugs, baby blankets. Show and tell continued to prove many of you didn't stop weaving this summer, such colors, fibers, textures...a wonderful job. Why do we weave?...This is why...the five F's, Fabulous Fiber, Fair, Food, Friends, and Fun.

The Iowa State Fair 2011

Every year around October, yes, I said October, one of our members begins her campaign to get all of us motivated, involved and even excited about entering our creations to the next summer's state fair. I'm sure this year, she feels vindicated...

Eight individuals, Lucy Hansen, Linda Berquist, Betty Huttner, Betty Shreeves, Mary Boulet, Vicki Tardy, and Deb Zeitler, submitted entries and each won ribbons. They entered 33 items out of the total 48 submitted in Weaving. This alone was a record for the guild. There were 10 entries in 5 other areas, basketry, crochet, knitting, dolls and toys,quilting, and fine arts. 26 ribbons out of 34 total awarded plus the Best of Show, and Sweepstakes awards. 9 of 10 blue ribbons were earned by 5 CGIC winners, a real team effort. Although Deb was a little concerned, there were no entries in the Handspun Household article category again this year. And there were only 9 fiber entries in the fine arts category, and only 3 were chosen. This is a much lower acceptance rate than usual.

GREAT JOB folks!

p.s. Deb's already on her state fair roll reminding us that we only have 9 months until the submission deadline and if we are interested in adding another category, the deadline is December to submit it with your rationale to the fair chairperson.

p.s.s. THANKS, DEB and thanks to those who transported and picked up our entries.