Hello, morning of String Thing!
This year Sandi and I overnighted with my family in their lovely Toledo home. It broke my drive but was much more – a chance to visit & laugh with some of my favorite people.
Sandi graciously agreed to this plan. She survived us talking at full speed!
The Golden Lamb was just 3 hours away, and we made it just in time for afternoon classes. Gotta love how the Lamb has operated under its 1803 licence as a “house of public entertainment.”
To wit, this year’s warm welcome! I sensed a certain craftiness with the glue gun there… sure enough 2 hotel staffers bought 1st spindles at the event.
The 2nd welcome pack went to my most excellent roommate, Enting! Finally meeting an online friend is so cool and I loved getting to know her.
Traditional Andean Textiles
Abby’s Friday class was given in partnership with Charles H. Gerhardt of Tribal Art, a local collector/ dealer. We were able to examine each pre-Columbian textile closely.
These artefacts were found in graves. They took our breaths away. I ran to take pictures for you.
Works in progress. The spinner’s fibre and her tools.
The shell in particular moved me. I also use large shells to spin cotton on supported spindles.
What better way to begin to learn about Andean textile traditions? A backstrap woven chuspa was juxtaposed with a slit tapestry panel & much more.
Doesn’t the geometric design look very modern? It incorporates both camelid & cotton fibres.
My hope is that Abby will run this workshop again for Stringtopians. In addition to these and more items, Charlie made 2 Incan Quipus available for our class.
We saw not only colour but opposing twist, coils, knots and plies as the sophisticated system of record that it is.
The other Quipu that we examined was shorter with no header, undyed, and had less vertical yarns.
Spinners’ Social Nights
As you may have guessed, there is quite a lot of spinning in public at String.
Shelly was trying out cute Turkish spindles. We loved her sweater & laughed at its story.
Ohioans never fail to impress me with their friendliness. We had a great time together over dinner.
This was all only after we made Mandie show us her gorgeous Iron Maiden shawl.
She used 1 skein of her Sheepy Time Knits Silkie yarn. Before I leave the subject of Mandie’s super talents, look at what I scored as a String prize this year!
So thrilled to have won this awesome prize! It’s 50/50 merino silk, and will be as lace-weight as I can make it.
This year, Morgaine donated batts for sundry spinning competitions. Not surprisingly my speed-spinning on a spindle was not competitive.
While this was all going on, I was enjoying having a New Glarus with Woolwine. T is a super-favorite String friend, and she makes me giggle in class too!
New Glarus is a thing of beauty & deserves blog space.
Competition fun aside (I might get to that in another post), Carolyn gave Abby a challenge she couldn’t walk away from.
Yup. Boat anchor. As someone said, “The jokes just write themselves!”
There is more I want to say but this post is already long. Lebanon, Ohio is beautiful this time of year inside & out.
These classes teach me so much each year, and Abby’s community creates such a giving space.
Thank you, friends.