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.