Conference and Workshop
It was time for our annual conference that the Florida Tropical Weavers’ Guild hosts. Our guild is a part of the FTWG and it’s great to see our members take part in a large event learning and sharing together. Once again, I’m only able to attend for one day. Since I have a workshop to host I actually got less of an opportunity to peruse “Vendors Row”. The conference is held at Lake Yale Baptist Convention Center, which is a beautiful setting. All the southern charm of live oak trees dressed by nature with Spanish moss gracefully draped over their limbs, and Lake Yale as its backdrop – very picturesque for a weaver.
Vendors Row was a feast for the eyes. Taking one look at the vendors displays, It’s obvious they’re artists. I found a fair amount of stuff I wouldn’t have been able to walk away from. As luck would have it, all the vendors were at dinner, so I didn’t have the opportunity to blow the money I made from my workshop at the conference. I really missed the chance to take a workshop with my weaving peers. I would have had a hard time choosing between Tapestry Weaving with Tommye Scanlin or Andean Pebble Weave on the Back-strap Loom with Laverne Waddington. I have a strong interest in both these subjects, and great respect for them both. I was able to meet Lavern and speak to her for a few minutes. Lavern was very warm and personable, I was disappointed that I didn’t have a chance to spend a few days weaving with her.
My workshop went well. I taught Pick-Up Inkle Weaving, a “next step” after basic Inkle weaving. There are differences between styles of Pick-Up. The charting, warping and weaving are all a little different from a basic tabby Inkle band. It’s essential to have at least a little experience with Inkle Weaving before trying Pick-Up. This way participants can concentrate on their new skill, and not have to struggle with warp yarn path, beating or pulling the weft. Everyone seems to have a challenge in a different area. I think if I teach this workshop a few more times, I’ll see all of them first hand. I wish I had a chance to take some snapshots, there were some beautiful pick-up bands woven in my workshop. I have to say that I’m glad that I had 9 participants and not 12, I was exhausted after my workshop, and can only imagine how my participants felt.
Now I have to give thought to the next conference. Every four years there are only short workshops instead of the long three-day workshops they have the other three years. I think I would like to host a couple of workshops, and take a couple of workshops. Perhaps I’m going on the right year? There will be time to sit and spin with the spinners, and take a weaving project to work on. More time to socialize with my fiber peers will be nice. We’ll see what this next year holds for the conference. Last year they passed out a questionnaire, I hope they did that this year too, it gave me the idea to provide Pick-Up Inkle Weaving.