It was a wonderful experience to see Yahookers, Phyllis, Diana, Gene, Heidi, Mr. T (who is a favorite blogger of mine!), but so sorry to have missed Ivi! (She was there for I saw a photo of her with Gene!),MizT, Barb and Fritz..... I happily met Rugs and Pugs blogger Lauren as I found my way to her lunch table Saturday! It was the largest biennial to date with over 600 in attendance ....
Nancy Parcels dyeing class was just the best.
There was hands on experience which is always a plus. To the right is Sue helping Nancy. Notice the large plastic covering the counter tops!
The Saturday tour of the Landis Valley Farm was special. Knowing a group of "rug makers" were heading their way, they displayed their antique hooked rugs and hooks. We were shown the freezer that is 20 degrees below 0 to get rid of any unwanted visitors within the furniture and textiles.The silverfish require two visits in to the freezer as they survive the first visit!
.......But perhaps only visiting the stone tavern on the site....umm, the sheets were not often changed in that era! BTW, one of my ancestors was indeed a tavern and ferry owner.
Meet Norma Jean, the table favor I won. She was hooked by Lelia Ridgway of the Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild! I especially looked for a bent hook from Gene Shepherd to ease wrist discomfort while hooking. My roommate found wool to dye on sale and shared with me...thank you Sue! ...and on arriving home I found a box of Pendleton wool a relative sent to me from Montana!
...so to those I knew, to those I met, and to those reading this blog....may you have a wonderful week of renewal and inspiration!