Tuesday, October 09, 2007

"Fiber In The Mountains" Show

The Western North Carolina Fibers/Handweavers Guild fiber show opened over the weekend. This show was the deadline I used for a couple of projects awhile back. I attended the opening reception and was very impressed with the entries. 59 guild members entered 104 items.

My photo taking was pretty sporadic, but here are a few that turned out. Remember my zig zag twill lap robe? You can see it in the display below.

Display including my lap robe.This display features the small cushion I made from one of my S&W Fibonacci dishtowels:

Display including my little cushion.I also have a couple of photos of entries by friends in my spinning group. The next two below are by Mary Nichols, who is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Mary is a weaver, spinner, and dyer, but her specialty is lace knitting. She can knit out of her head, what I have to painstakingly labor over (with a pattern) for just a few rows.

Mary Nichol's lace tam & scarf with detail.This beaded scarf and tam is knitted from one of her handspun merino/silk blends. She does her own dyeing as well. You can see some of her gorgeous dyeing below...

Close up of Mary Nichol's beaded lace knitting.This is a close-up of another of her beaded scarves, of handspun angora, merino, and silk.

The next scarf is handwoven by Eva Thatcher from her handspun, hand dyed silk.

Silk scarf handwoven by Eva Thatcher.My close-up shot didn't turn out so well, but I love the interplay of color and texture. I'm definitely going to have to try some of these.

The show runs from October 6th to November 3rd. If you happen to be in the western North Carolina area during that time (perhaps to enjoy the fall colors or SAFF), you should stop by. It's being held at:

Tryon Arts & Crafts Center
373 Harmon Field Road
Tryon, NC

Hours for both the show and gift shop are
8:30 to 5:00 on Mondays through Fridays.
9:00 to 1:00 on Saturdays.

Phone number to the center is 828-859-8323.

Need directions? Map here.

Related Posts:
From Dishtowel to Cushion


Sharon said...

Wow - what a gift to have so much talent nearby. I admit to a considerable amount of envy.

jackie said...

Thanks for sharing! I am rendered speechless by Mary's talent!

bspinner said...

You are very fortunate to belong to such a talented and ambitious guild. Both of your enteries are displayed nicely.
The pictures of your friend Mary's knit lace scarf and Eva's woven scarf are just amazing.
Thank you for sharing the pictures with us.


I love all the pics just beautiful, I'm glad there is a guild in WNC, I should be moving to Murphy in 7 years and am excited to know I will have other people I can relate to in my fiber obession. The closest guild here is 5 hours away. Wow you made my day with this info, I'll need to plan for next year's exhibit and see if I can get there, while house hunting. ;)

Sheepish Annie said...

Wow! That is some amazing talent displayed there. It looks like a great way to spend a day and take in some eye candy!

Cathy said...

Wow - that's quite a turnout for the show. Looks like there are many beautiful entries too!

Janet said...

Looks like a very good Exhibition. The annual exhibition of our Guild here in Dublin seems to have bitten the dust - hope it's only a temporary pause.

Peg in South Carolina said...

OK, Leigh, are you going to dye the silk as fiber or after you spin the yarn? Or you could do a bit of both..........
Warping handspun silk should be much less traumatizing than warping with handspun wool as the silk is so strong.
I await your further adventures here....