.....still incredibly sick, and not yet able to download pictures. But let me tell you what I loved best about the Third Coast Fiber Arts Festival -- I'll finish when I feel better and have pictures at hand:
* The way participants sat around the beautiful atrium of McGregor Conference Center sharing all kinds of new ideas and techniques -- a card weaver showing a knitter her work, conversation about how it could be a belt or a purse handle on a knitted bag, and so on....cross-fertilization!
* The dozens of faces glowing, beaming, thrilled to death. Some of these women had never been to this kind of festival before, and it was truly life-affirming to see those faces. Maybe they'll go to Stitches now, or to the Madrona Festival, or similar events. My fave is Madrona (Tacoma, WA).
* The democratization so much a part of the event -- teachers with international reputations knitting in circles with students who had never imagined they'd spend time with famous designers....
* The glorious market rooms -- dazzling displays of colorful handpaints, handspinnings, rovings, beads and buttons, garments -- on and on. It took my breath away.
NEXT YEAR WILL BE SEPTEMBER 13-14.
More later. I really do need to take a nap. Wretched virus.