Monday, 23 June 2008

Celebrating the Fictitious One

On Saturday, June 21, in Almonte, weavers and spinners gathered together to honour the fictitious patron saint of our craft. Although Saint Distaff rests solely in the minds of my fellow fibre enthusiasts we celebrate St. Distaff's Day by gathering together with the like minded and do what we love best.

Sounds like some kind of cult doesn't it?

Each year one of the guilds from the Ottawa Valley hosts the event. They plan, prepare, provide lunch, and have a selection of activities for participants. This year I took triaxial weaving in the morning.

Ribbons are placed vertically, then the second colour is woven in. A third colour is then added. For a while, I was beginning to think that I would need a degree in engineering to figure out how to add the third colour. No wonder the instructions label the third colour as the most difficult step in the whole process. When I add the fusible interfacing to the back of my weaving I'll put this piece in a window card.

And voila, I'll have my first Christmas card. And a way to use up all the ribbon that I have, hidden away. (But you knew that already.)

For the afternoon's activity,
everyone got to dye a silk scarf. I'd show you a picture but mine came out so subtle that it looks like one colour with no pattern. I have immediate plans to over dye the scarf.

WOOT WOOT.....I have a stalker!!!!!

No restraining order needed though. My stalker is none other than Lisa from Ottawa. I told her that I was going to be at St. Distaff's Day, so she came to introduce herself. So I guess that she isn't a stalker in the truest sense of the word, but it is a start.

In other news.....

The teen is finished school for the year and the other two have today and tomorrow to get through. Translated this means I have until Wednesday to get prepared for a summer with my children. Sigh....

Until next time
Yours in Yarn,
The Fibreholic


Nancy said...

That is awesome. I thought it was quilted. Heidi does quilts with this pattern. I cannot believe you did it with ribbon. It is great.
Hope summer goes well for you and your summer break kids.

Susan said...

Loverly ribbon stuff. Good luck with the whole summer thing... I mostly get rid of mine (and I use the term loosely) for the summer. I'll send peaceful thoughts your way.

Lisa said...

Mwah ha ha - Now you're going to see me everywhere - the corner store, the yarn shop (okay, that one might be obvious), your favourite restaurant, hovering in your front yard waiting for a glimpse...

Stalker Lisa

MadMad said...

Good luck with that "getting ready" thing. I wasn't ready. Am still recovering... not sure it will ever happen actually.

Do you think it's really true that "someday" we will miss all this? Or is that just something they say to make themselves seem like nicer people? Cuz I'm wondering.