Tuesday, April 24, 2012

SWIFT -Spinners & Weavers of Indiana - Fibers & Textiles

I recently attended the annual meeting of SWIFT ( Spinner & Weavers of Indiana - Fibers & Textiles ).  It was held at Conner Prairie. north of Indianapolis, IN.  If you have never visited Conner Prairie, you don't know what you are missing.  If you are ever in the Indy area, I highly recommend fitting it in your plans.

There was a very nice turn-out.  Lots of spinners, weavers & fiber artists gathered in one place for fellowship, food & sharing of ideas, projects and inspiration.

This was the first meeting I was able to attend.  I enjoyed meeting new people & I especially loved the presentation from Kate Larson, Susan Markle and Ann Reaves, who were part of a tour led by Nancy Bush to Estonia last June. It was a fascinating glimpse into the daily life & beautiful work of the Estonian fiber artists.
I am quite convinced I am not cut out for that life.  Although according to their customs, I am good wife & mother material.  I am "stocky" enough that I don't have to stuff the calves of my socks like many of them do.  Evidently that is a positive feature there.  Not so much here in the good ole USA.

I also learned some interesting facts about the youth Sheep to Shawl team that competes at the Indiana State Fair.  What talent these young folks have.  I was quite impressed.

I wish I had remembered my camera that day.  But if you go here, there are pretty pictures from the day.

                   This is the only picture I managed to take with my phone...it does not do it justice.

Many thanks to Cheryl Moreo from The Fiber Closet for attending with me.  It was a great day from start to finish (sepecially the finish....Maggiano's tiramisu)

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