I taught at SAFF for the first time this year, it was a bucket list teaching gig for me. I'd heard about Saff for years, it's one of the big mythical shows in the fiber world, along with Maryland, Rhinebeck, Taos and Black Sheep.
This was an event that went way beyond my expectations! I taught 7 classes over 4 days. I was busy, but the energy from my students and the folks that put on the show was so amazing I was never tired until dropped into bed at night.
I traveled with Beth to this gig, that's her judging fleeces (one of the great joys of her fiber life). We stopped at the Woolery (WOW! Definately stop if you are ever near) and went to French Broad Chocolate. This is definitely a show I hope to do again!
I am so proud of all of things that Beth is doing right now, she is following her passion 100%. Are you interested in weaving with your handspun? Beth is doing a lot of great things with spinning and weaving (including Spin and Weave Alongs and a retreat). Make sure to read her blog and sign up for her newsletter so you find out everything.
Classes for the Butler (Pennsylvania) Spinners and Weavers Guild were my last teaching stop on the road for 2017.
I couldn't have asked for a better send off for the year. Not only were these women accomplished spinners, they were a hoot!
Clearly they have been crafting together for years and are a tight fiber family because the zingers never stopped, the talking, story telling and laughing never stopped. It was fantastic! We learned about color, drafting and batts.
I taught in a beautiful building in the country, check out the Grange members signature quilt from 1971.
We all got excited about the two Woolmakers Bliss wheels that showed up in class (no they didn't know each other), and the fact that Michelle of Essential Fiber can pack a box of batts that lasts exactly until class starts.
So far I'm teaching at 10 different events in 2018 (I will update my calendar soon), I hope to see a lot of you next year while I'm on the road!