Today was my first day at Convergence. I have been awed. First thing this morning I slowly examined all the pieces in the yardage exhibit. Remarkable – not only because some of the pieces were stunning, but because they were so varied. I really have to compliment Kay Faulkner, who juried the show. The photos above are from my show CD. Kay also has a piece in the Leaders Exhibit which is stunning. It is a Kimono or Happi jacket woven on a draw loom for woven shibori and then dyed with indigo. I have to say that I was shaking in my shoes, thinking of my blanket up among the stars, but it was displayed beautifully and held its own . . . proud of you wee blanket!
Today and tomorrow I am taking “Machine Knitting to Dye For with Nancy Roberts. I was a little worried that I had chosen poorly among all the great classes available. But I am very excited about the class (also a little worried that this might entail the purchase of a knitting machine to add to the growing loom population, shrinking studio space and shrinking savings account.) We are learning to create machine knitted blanks – very quickly – to dye. The reason for this is to be able to very precisely control color repeats in a variegated yarn. I am amazed at how quickly and easily the fabric is knit up. We dye tomorrow – so I will let you know if the dyeing process is as painless. Convergence report . . . so far . . . great!