Friday, November 21, 2008

The Further Adventures of Vicki & Pam

Wednesday, Vik and I took off for SCIART for another wonderful class with Deborah Jarchow. This time it was rigid heddle weaving. This loom has only one moving part, unlike the last class where we had four heddles (or flippers) to deal with. Of course, the loom I used was about 4 times the size of everyone elses, so I had a dickens of a time getting the thing strung up. If not for the help of Gerri, I most likely would still be sitting in the middle of their gallery trying to string 320 pieces of yarn (each over 90" long) thought tiny little holes. While it took the two of us the entire class session to thread the monster, Vik was finished before lunch and had begun the fun part of actually weaving. I'm going to have to stop thinking bigger is beautiful and remember that great things come in small boxes! Maybe in 4-5 years, I'll get my first piece finished. Boy, having to work sure does get in the way of going on these junkets!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Vicki and I just returned from a 6 day trip to San Francisco. The first two days, we went to BABE (Bay Area Bead Extravaganza). We had a great time. The first day, we had classes. I took the "Star Sphere" class from Judy Walker. It was a lot of fun plus she had dicro Aiko delica's! They were so beautiful, though pricey. What a way to add some sparkle to a project. Vicki took a metal working class and then a metal painting class from Gail Crossman Moore. Gail let me play with bags of "eyeballs". I picked out some really cool ones. I don't know what I will do with them, however, I'll think of something. The following day, Vicki and I shopped and shopped in the vendors room. We gave ourselves a time limit of 2 hours. Needless to say, we were there until closing time. What fun it was. The vendor room was larger than it has been in the past, with 30 more tables of beads, tools, and gee gahs. The rest of the week we spent "doing San Francisco", in other words eating, drinking, shopping, and being merry.

Hope to see you all at "Beading without a Meeting" on Saturday. I'll bring the goodies I found for show and tell.