RAFA Meeting and Knitting

Thursday was the monthly meeting of Rochester Area Fiber Artists.  I’ve been a member for a few years and the meetings are enjoyable on a personal level, and a visual delight.

There were wonderful textiles shown by Priscilla Kibbee http://www.priscillakibbee.citymax.com/page/page/1476398.htm  She has created many garments for Bernina’s Fashion Show, has taught all over the world, and loves traveling.  Priscilla has a discerning eye and always has a wide variety for us to ooh and aah over.

Another member returned from a trip to Egypt and showed a beautiful applique piece made by the male tentmakers of that country. She read about their history in a recent article in Quiltmania http://www.quiltmania.com/  a French quilting magazine with some issues printed in Engligh now.  It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to see one of these creations up close and personal.

Yet another member, Sarah, had been to a huge bead show last month and had a wonderful array of beads for us to see.   

Pat Pauly http://patpauly.com/ showed 2 of her works in progress created by her slash and burn technique. She also gave a mini demo of how to create a successful Power Point presentation.  If you ever get an opportunity to attend one of her classes, you will not be disappointed.  Pat has a wonderful sense of humor, but she also stays focused on the subject matter. You’ll learn a lot, and you’ll laugh a lot.

There were lots more pieces shown, and I swear, more is leaking out of my brain, than sticking lately.  You get the idea though.  It was a meeting filled with inspiration, inspiration, and yet more inspiration.  So much so, that it was very hard for me to settle down and work on anything when I got home.

What do you all do when you’re on creative overload?  My solution is to work on a hand knitting project.  One is always in progress, as I knit every day.  It’s a creative outlet, but also soothes my soul.  

The repetitive motion of the yarn wrapping around the needle and a fabric being formed, loop by loop is my reward at the end of the day.  Knitting time is saved for the evening when I “watch” television with my husband. 

My current project is a revised translation of one my machine knit patterns into a hand knit version.  It’s a traveling lace pattern with cables and will hopefully be finished by May.  It will be warm enough to wear it by then.  Here’s a picture of the sweater in progress.

Bella Lace Sweater

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