On a sunny Saturday in March I dragged my friend Courtney down from San Luis Obispo to a Fiber Frolic in Sherman Oaks (that’s LA). Courtney’s not even a fiber person exactly, what she is is up for arts & crafts! The event was hosted by Griffin Dyeworks, and I originally heard about it from Annie of the Petite Weaver Podcast.
Spoiler alert, you want to go to one of these!
We got to the site about 30 minutes early, just enough to check-in and wander the few vendor tables that were available with products.
One of the first things I did was say hi to Annie. She started to introduce herself and I butted in with “I know! I watch your podcast!” She was super duper sweet. She was teaching a bead class, so Courtney and I headed out to our main event – basket weaving!
We were delerious with happiness over these tiny little baskets. That first pic is teacher Melise Gerber & the other lady is our polymer button teacher Becky. The basket weaving wasn’t hard, but I’m glad we did it in a class so we had someone to check in with and to reassure us that things were on track. And all the baskets came out slightly different, which was pretty cool.
Know how I know these are my people? I wasn’t the first one in line for lunch. I was third.
We had lunch with Amy, who has a beautiful dyeing notebook. She’s also got a fabulous garden at home to grow her own dyes. Coolest people.
Then it was off to bead making. We used pasta rollers to get the dough worked up nice and smooth, and then to help combine the colors. Learned some cool tricks for things like polka dots, lines, and even using eyeshadow to make the buttons glittery!
And I ended the day with a Basic Needle Felting (ouch) class with Hillary from The Fiber Ranch. I only got one tiny little poke, not even blood, but those little barbs make for quite the sting. Oh, and because I really wanted a black nose, my “sheep,” as Hillary pointed out, looks like a wolf in sheep’s closing. I totally want to make more of these.