It was a mellow and harmonious week, where the students all worked hard but in the relaxed and gracious atmosphere of the Hotel at Old Town. I was so inspired by their creativity and warmth.
My fellow teachers, Judith Baker Montano and Candace Kling, gave me so many ideas about how to teach more effectively, and of course being able to see all their work on display in their classrooms was extraordinary. Candace and I roomed together and talked every night until almost midnight...what a wise and cultured rock and roller she is. She was so generous with her friendship....
Here are some pictures...just a few...of a magical week.
The Wee Farmscape Class was full of enthusiasm and hard workers. I threw quite a bit of class content at them in 6 hours, and they stayed with me every step of the way. Many thanks to Pamela Kellogg for allowing me to include her waste canvas seam treatments.
This is one of the two heart blocks she cranked out in the Curved Hearts class.
Vicki's mom was at the conference too, here with Vicki in the Punchneedle Flower Class.
Lydia Talton was in the Hearts class too, and made this wonderful block...
I was able to peek in on Judith and Candace's classes on the last day.
Candace's classes were next door to me, so I could hear that those ladies were mostly silent, really concentrating on their work. Being able to teach such complicated techniques in ribbonry requires a very skilled teacher; I soaked up everything I could learn from watching her.
Some of Candace's display boards give the barest glimpse of what she does.
None of this would have been possible without our lovely Val, who has put on this conference for 7 years, and her friend and invaluable assistant, Dixie Derksen.
Val has said this is the last year for the conference. But....maybe we can talk her out of that........