I took a break from studying yesterday and attended the L.A.C.E. Day event in Downers Grove, IL. I almost forgot to go! Luckily, Dave and I were talking Friday night, and he asked me what time I had to leave for my "thing." He's never quite sure what I'm up to! : ) If he hadn't brought it up, I might have forgotten and stayed home to work on my class!
What a lovely group of ladies! They were very welcoming and encouraging! As I was checking in I heard, "Hello, Diane." It was Gina, the Tatting Goddess! I had attended the lace event hosted by Gina's guild in April. What fun! Two lace events in two months! As Gina was introducing me to her sister Linda, I saw Marilee Rockley, Yarnplayer, sitting at a table! I met Marilee almost two years ago at Harvest Days. While we girls were chatting, Barbara Gordon came over! My day was made, and I'd been there less than 10 minutes! The picture is a bit fuzzy. I forgot to take my camera, so this was taken with my phone. Left to right: me, Marilee, Barbara, Gina, Linda.
Gina, Linda, and Barbara were off to a bobbin lace class, so Marilee and I went to the vendor room. Oh, my goodness! Talk about sensory overload! Several of my favorite vendors were there! If Dave had any idea of how much money I COULD spend on lacemaking supplies, he'd probably suffer from heart palpitations! All of the vendors were very knowledgeable, and very friendly. It was hard to not buy something from everyone... oh, wait! I think I did! Well, all but one. I really wanted a pillow stand for my bobbin lace pillow, but I didn't have any more money to spend!
In the afternoon, I participated in a Kumihimo class and made this pretty little Princess Charming Scissors Fob. It's supposed to have beads at the end of the tassel, but mine just looked messy, so I cut of the beads and decided to just have fringe. We were told that the idea behind using beads is that if you drop your scissors, the beads will hit the ground first and save the tips of your scissors.
I wish I had taken my camera. There was a display of the most beautiful lace you can imagine, and there was a lady demonstrating bobbin lace. The day provided the mental break I really needed!
I'm a retired elementary computer teacher/librarian, mother to four, grandmother to seven. I love lace. I love books. I love to collect. Now that I'm retired, I know I'll never be bored because I have so many interests, as well as the goodies I need to indulge my whims!