After more than a year of planning, our Guild rolled out the welcome mat to the Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners on October 7, 2017. Sixty-three fiber aficionados and vendors gathered at the beautiful New Aldaya Lifescapes facility in Cedar Falls.
A highlight of the meeting was keynote speaker, John Mullarkey. A nationally known teacher and author, John’s specialty is tablet or card weaving. He kept the mood light with his delightful personality and humor as he described how he uses all of the bands he weaves.
John shares his contact information. His shirt’s collar and pocket lining are constructed from his card-woven fabric.
John’s tablet-woven shoe laces are on their second pair of shoes. The twist used in the weaving produces an attractive band that is exceptionally strong.
Thirty-six popular choice items were entered in seven different categories. The quality of the entries made choosing a favorite difficult. See the entries in the following slideshow.
Who doesn’t like to shop? The Fall Federation vendors did not disappoint with a wide selection of fiber and related items available.
After lunch the Federation business meeting was held, the Popular Choice winners were announced, and the door prizes were awarded. We also enjoyed a fashion show where models shared their wearable art.
Popular Choice winners left to right: Ellen Sakornbut-dying, Karen Agee-handspun, Bev Pennell-handwoven, Stephanie Vanhousen-small loom and knitted, Becky Metcalf-felted and other fibers
Fashion show participants model their wearable art.
Following refreshments John Mullarkey shared his personal history with “string,” starting at a young age knitting with his grandmother to his present focus on card weaving. Along his journey through the fiber arts, John continues taking classes and workshops, meeting amazing teachers, and making lifelong friends. Some of the workshops are wonderful, some he doesn’t “hate as much as he thought he would,” and some he is certain he will never try again. There is one thing they all have in common: he learns new things which inspire him to innovate his card weaving.
So go out and take that class, learn something new, get out of your comfort zone. You may discover, like John, you bring new insights to the things you love to do.
So thanks go out to John Mullarkey for being our speaker, and to the attendees, vendors, venue staff, and members of the NEIWS Guild who came together for another successful Fall Federation meeting.