Last weekend I went to Convergence which is the Weaving Conference put on by the Handweavers Guild of America. We - Randee, Yuko, Pat (all members of the Museum Weavers, in the barn) and I drove from San Diego to Long Beach in the morning.
As we walked in, we passed the classrooms were classes were being taught and we wandered into a few rooms. My favorite was the rep weave being taught by Rosalie Neilson. I love her work and had considered taking the class but with other commitments I did not and I thought the class would have been full but it looks like it was not and I could have taken it. Oh, well.
We went into the exhibit. This is were weaving's of various sorts are displayed. We were not allowed to take pictures so trust me when I say - some were very very good and other just had me scratching my head.
Then we had lunch and onto the VENDOR HALL....where we hooked up with a few other fellow weavers from the barn.
The vendor hall was BIG but it was pretty empty. I was quite surprised and from discussions with various vendors they said it was like this all week. Some felt the conference was not advertized enough and I was surprised that outside the Long Beach Convention Center there were NO SIGNS.
We started to go up and down the aisles and since we browse at different speeds and have different interests, of course we eventually were separated.
And suddenly I found myself staring at the Habu Vendor booth. I love their fibers. I found some in a yarn shop over 5 years ago and I worked it into one of my very first weaving projects. I knew I was getting some! I first looked at EVERYTHING - color & texture & fiber they had and then I found that original tobi moire fiber/yarn I bought oh so many years ago and that was my first selection (and in the same green color) - I call this stuff caterpillar because it reminds me of those big fuzzy one you find back east. It was onto another color and another yarn to go with it. I was drawn to a paper moire in a deep eggplant color and to round out the project I selected a gear linen in white. I see a very open weave with these and the warp being the white to provide that pop and the green and eggplant being the weft . I was also drawn to the silk wrapped stainless steel of which I bought in the lavender and the orange.
I then wandered the hall and bought a few more items including a miniature shuttle, a new book on rep weave, and I spoke to PixeLoom. I spent quite a bit of time in the AVL booth looking at the BIG BIG BIG
jacquard loom and the new table top compu-dobby that has 24 shafts (pictures below) and I finally bought a color kit from Red Fish Dye Works - 20/2 silk.
Around 3:00 pm we all found each other and headed home. Below are some pictures of what I saw and what I bought.