As always, I had a wonderful time at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival this past weekend. For the first time I took a class, Silk Hat from a Sow’s Ear, by Reid Barnhart. And now I have an Easter Bonnet, all ready for Spring! It’s a very simple pattern, so may have to make a few more…
The spinners and weavers were there with multiple demos. I got to sit at a small, floorsize loom and weave a few rows! Much easier to use than my last homemade version – and for $1,000 I can add one to my studio. Or not. However, I picked up a new weaving technique – how to make a small, handheld loom. I’ve shown some photos above, and here’s a link to a brief video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kqUHE2ET_s
Take a 6″ x 4″ piece of corrogated cardboard; tape across narrow end; insert 17 toothpicts; wrap with yarn as shown; weave! I tried to find a link to this design without success, so hope the photos and video are sufficient.
I also took lots of pictures of the more than 300 quilts. If you’re up for viewing around 50 of them, here’s a link to my picasa album: https://picasaweb.google.com/cathy.tyler/MidAtlanticQuiltFestival2011?authkey=Gv1sRgCLeRsJHxkMekZQ&feat=directlink
Now back to the studio!