I once again attended Griffin Dyeworks Fall Fiber Frolic this past November. It was definitely a different experience than last time. I didn’t drag a friend with me, I was flying solo.
I figured it might be a good chance to make new friends, or at least break out of my shell a bit. So after a few brief minutes in the car to collect myself (very brief, lots of coffee plus a 90 minute drive, I had to pee!) I went inside to say hello to Theresa and let them know I was here and ready to learn!
I poked around the vendors and a did a little shopping. I was signed up for a dye class (though I ended up not attending), so I picked up a couple of bare mini skeins (eventual plan now is to look up a tutorial on speckle dyeing).
My first class was kumihimo, Japanese cord braiding, and I was super excited. I’d had an intro the day before at our local science/engineering museum, Moxi.
I figured the class would be an advanced version of what I learned – and I was not dissapointed!
(The guy across from me looked like a young Nicholas Cage). My board was nice, and the teacher, of Unicorn Fiber Arts, let us pick colors. I totally made mistake after mistake. But her handouts were fabulous and I’m looking forward to continuing my kumihimo education.
My second class was art weaving on a hand loom.
This was with Theresa of Griffin Dyeworks. Totally loved this. And treated myself to the loom I used. We did warp, weft, and other things I should have taken notes on.
My final class was dyeing, but when I got outside, it seemed like a lot of people had been doing dye all day. And while it wasn’t exactly a closed group, it wasn’t a formal class and I felt a bit like an outsider. I decided to end the day happy and head home a little early, which helped me beat that horrid daylight savings clock.