Beth Smith

Oh, What a Month!

Deb Menz came over.  It was really hot so I got her a hotel room.  We had sleepovers.

 She taught a bit from the floor because i don;t have an easel and she’s a good sport.

All the people worked really hard.
Then there was the assembly which took almost a full day!
 These are all of the dye books before they were books.
It was amazing.  We did 380 samples in 2 days of dying.  Well, not really we…mostly they.
I was so happy to finally get Deb to come and play with us.  I think it was 2 years of begging to get her to agree to come.  During the class she told us this would be the last time she would teach this class and there will only be two more opportunities to take a class with her before she moves on to other things.  I can’t believe how lucky we were to get such a fantastic teacher before she stops teaching!
In other news…5 days before Deb arrived, Chelsea had her baby. 
This is the baby before we left the hospital.  She is darling and so tiny.
 I made her this little sweater that doesn’t fit her yet…I should block it.
The day after Deb left I headed out to the western side of the state for 4 days of classes.  I taught a total of 7 classes at the Michigan Fiber Festival.  It was great fun.  My problem is that I forget to take pictures when I am teaching. So I bring you these two:
 snacks at the festival
and a really cute Tunis sheep
While I was at the festival I bought 2 sheep skins.  One from a Romney sheep and one from a Wensleydale.  I’ll take a couple of photos and post them later this week for your enjoyment.  I now have those plus a Coopworth, an Icelandic lamb and one from Ikea that I don’t know the breed.  I use them mostly for sitting on but I’m not sure that will be the fate of the Wensleydale.
 And this is a photo of my single treadle Matchless.  I get it signed by every teacher who comes to teach at my shop.  There is still plenty of room.

So that was my month.  How was yours?

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