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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Monday, April 2, 2012


Meet our lovely hostess Sharon and her handsome and helpful husband, Richard.

A treasure chest overflowing of prizes for the fiber artists. The members were asked to bring something for prizes.

A table full of lovely prizes. You could hear the cheers when someone numbers came up.

Yet another large table chock full of so many beautiful prizes.

Here is my daughter Jackie grinning happily with her winnings. A bag filled with Fiber Art magazines. Way to go Jackie
Somehow I don't see the Mr Burns resemblance anymore... Jackie is a great sport and has great sense   of humor to make us laugh. 

This is a close-up of a chenille technique. I had never seen someone make this before.
The lady explained that she place three identical motif on top. There is a backing and a layer of cotton batting and she sews straight lines all over the piece and then cuts through the layers and then wets the piece and brushes the cuts with a stiff brush to make the chenille. Very pretty. 

This is the lady who made this. It was so interesting to see the process.  You can see the brush and the water bottle she used. 

This lady was making some beautiful quilted pieces and I was taken by her Janome  sewing machine with the table. I love her small iron and ironing board.

This lady was making a beautiful quilt bag and she also had a Janome sewing machine.

This table had a bobbin lace display with intricate designs. There is a piece of very intricate lace in a small cameo in a jewelry box. Just such  beautiful work.

There was a table display of all kind of beautiful finished pieces  on tables but the fashion show started and I was scrambling to get some pictures of the artists wearing their creations. I'll show some more at a later date.

This lady knitted this colorful shawl. Since I was taking photos I can't remember all the type of wools everyone were using but there were all kind of fancy names.

Look how beautiful this looks.

A lovely little shawl.  I can't remember if it was knitted or crocheted.

Now this lady was hilarious as she modeled her beautiful socks.She would lift her feet in the air as high as she could and then to everyone surprise, she laid on her back and lifted both feet in the air so we all got a great look and laugh. Very creative in her presentation.

This lady decided to wear her beautiful big quilt.

Here's a view from the back.

This lady made a jacket, scarf and blouse and her friend made the little fiber broach for her lapel.

This lady shared my table. She made this beautiful shawl with alpaca wool that she got in Peru.

Here is another shot of the back.

This lady is sporting felted floral decorations on her hat and sweater. I believe that she also knitted her sweater but I am not 100% sure as I have difficulty hearing in a noisy environment. You can click on the picture to get a closer view.

This lady knitted a lovely sweater and changed some of the motif at the bottom to suite her taste. I can't remember if it's an Islandic or Nordic pattern but I just love it and the colors too.

This creative lady felted her scarf, her purse and even her boots.

I tried to take a closer look at the boots but she was walking a bit too fast for my camera to focus. All the models were walking rather fast and it was a challenge for me to take good pictures.

This lady made a chenille vest using a seascape deign. So much work but a beautiful job.

Another view from the back.

Some beautiful scarves and I believe that they were weaved silk, I could be wrong.

This lady also had a lovely scarf.

This lady is wearing a cashmere sweater that came from the Chris and Christine Silver  Cashmere goat farm whose barns and out buildings burn last week and they also lost half of their cashmere goat herd. They were in the process of getting the building ready for insurance but unfortunately they just a few days short of being insured and lost everything.  Chris has Leukemia. Donations were taken at the Retreat for their trust Fund to help them get back on their feet.

This lovely lady is weary a beautiful shawl and gloves she made. She is wearing a tatted pendants that she also made. She teaches tatting and next year I'm planning to give it a try. 

The photo is not focused but I wanted you to see the back of the shawl.

This felting artist was busy making felted bunnies for her grandkids  prior to the show. She is wearing a felted shawl and a pair of  felted boots that she created.

I wanted you to see a close up of the boots.  They look warm and comfy.

Here she is removing the shawl and is about to wrap it around her waist.

This lady is wearing a beautiful shawl that she either knitted or crocheted.

Here is a blurry view from the back but you get the idea.

This is the lovely Julie, my daughter's  spinning friend. She  is modeling her fancy knitted skirt. She was actually the first in line in the fashion show and came out while I was scrambling to get my camera out of the case.  After the show made it round I chased after her as they were parading through the crowd.

I'm sorry that I have so many pictures on this post but I've had request to show the pictures as the spinners were to smitten with spinning to take photos.

There will be more pictures of rugs and things later .
I love to read your comments. Thanks for visiting my blog.   JB


  1. Julia, I'm in awe at the beautiful creations these women made! Especially, the beautiful shawls. I'm going to learn to knit so I can have one! and the boots were incredible! What a fun day! Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Julia,
    You did an excellent job covering this event! It's very hard capturing all the ladies in action! What wonderful creations they made and it makes me wish I could learn to tat, crochet and felt..... fabulous!!
    Thanks again for sharing all the photos! Great work!!
    Cathy G

  3. julia, thanx so much for the pictures of your retreat. they are wonderful, what a great bunch of talented people! looks like you and your daughter had a wonderful time. your daughter is too cute!
    enjoy your day and take a few days to recoop!

  4. The fashion show was super enjoyable! Thanks so much for taking the time to post these! Jackie's smile is very pretty in this picture! :-) I never knew how chenille was made...

  5. I loved all the pictures what an amazing room of talent.
    I would have loved to see the felting esp the boots that is amazing.
    My gandmother use to do tatting I have no idea how to do it.

  6. I love the fashion show. What a great idea to model what you've made. Such a talented group!! The felted shawl is wonderful...I also love the knit/crochet items! Looks like you had a wonderful time!
    Thanks for all the pictures!

  7. What a talented group!!
    Have a Great Week!!

  8. All of those were beautiful. I'm partial to the quilting.
    The fibre boots were hilarious. So was the Energetic lady with the socks.

  9. Wow, such talent and so many beautiful items! I'm so not talented when it comes to sewing, knitting, quilting or any other thing along those lines. I'm very thankful though for people like you and all those lovely ladies that do such a great job that I can be a spectator and an appreciator of their talents!

  10. I love that show because it encompassed all types of fiber related creativity. If a person can't get inspired by all those techniques, there is no hope!!!
    Thank you so much for pictures of all the wonderful creations. I was espoecially glad to see the bobbin lace display. That was something I did long ago when I was young and so wish I had time for it again.

  11. That looks like such fun. I really enjoyed looking at all of your pictures. There are some really talented ladies there. I have always wanted to do tatting too.
    I just asked my DIL to teach me to spin this summer so she said she would love too and she would bring her wheel. I think that would be fun too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. LOVE your pictures, Julia. That's one reason I like to read blogs - to see how other people spend their time. I really like the chenille artwork. What patience!

    Nice to meet your daughter ;) … wow… to have a daughter and share interests… sigh

  13. Julia, I feel like I am there! What a group of talented ladies! I am so glad your having a fun time. Hugs Cheri

  14. Julia, I think it is so wonderful that you and your daughter can share a love of something so wonderful as all of the things you do together. I wish I could sew like I used to. That is about the extent of my talents, although I did learn to knit a bit, and I can crochet a little too, but since my whole body is so riddled with rheumatoid arthritis, I can hardly do any of it anymore. I surely do love looking at others handiworks though. It is so neat for you to be able to participate in these great events. Thanks for showing all of the pictures.

  15. I for one am thankful that you took so many pictures! I scrutinized and loved every one!

    Blessings, Debbie

  16. Now that looks like way too much fun! I wonder if we have anything that that around here...I would love to go! I think that chenille piece is beautiful. Thanks for the pictures!

  17. I missed where to comment on your rugs...but your hooked rugs are beautiful! So is your quilt. I have a few of those unfinished too...the rug hooking bug took over! :)