Thank you Denise and Judy for your nice comments. So here's what I have to report:
Yep. Just as I thought. In some cases, worse. Our school show has been reduced to a handfull of crafters; the rest were "Home Party" reps - candles, spices, jewelry and home decor. There were a couple knit wear booths; Mostly baby and toddler items, because they can be knitted up quickly. Plain stitches; no designs, no colorwork, no imagination. (I'm sorry this sounds rude; I'll explain later).
There was a couple of piecework booths. I say "piecework" because though the item was created from a quilt pattern, there was no quilting done! The pattern blocks were sewn together and that was it. Oh the front and back were sandwiched with batting and a border added for the finishing. No quilting!! But quilted prices!!
There were a couple of floral design booths, very pretty, but outrageous prices! Moving on........
And, I guess the big craft this year is felted mittens. Not knitted and felted. But made from wool sweaters that are felted and cut from a mitten pattern and sewn together with a felted liner made the same way. Some had a hand-whipped blanket stitch around the opening. Yeah. They were kind of nice. If you weren't a knitter, didn't know wool, never designed and felted your own fabric. Mmeeoorrww...pssst....psssst. Sorry.
Anywho, it wasn't until the 4th and final craft show that my heart went "ZING"! Now this was a Craft Show!!! Oh yeah, there were a couple of "Home Party" people, but just a couple. The whole church hall was packed with crafters and shoppers. Just like the old days! I was like a kid in a toy store at Christmas. And I bought a couple of handmade pottery pieces, a huge covered casserole dish (for moi) and a pedestal cake plate for son's fiance, for Christmas. Beautiful work!
I had intended on going back to the quilt vendor (place mats, table runners, pot holders) and the floral vendor (a railroad lantern w/miniture lites inside and surronded by winter florals - gorgeous!), but the pottery lady and I started talking. She and her husband are retired art teachers. I told her I was a spinner and knitter. She asked me if I've been to The Tin Shack in Isle. "No! No, I haven't, but I've heard about it". "Oh, you would love it", she says. "She sells her own wool; all her sheep have names; she's a very friendly, talkative person. You and her could talk for hours! Besides, she's having a sale today".
I immediately forgot there were any other vendors there. This lady had just hung a carrot on a stick in front of this donkey's face!
Well, alrighty then!! BH says "let's go out there". Hey, I'm already there!!
Off we go. I had a general idea where it was; the sign said "Isle 35 miles". Ehhh, more like 50, but who's counting when there's a wool shop I haven't been to, and there's a sale!!
What a nice proprietor!! What a cute little shop! And yes, we did talk.....and talk......and talk. Definitely on my "go back" list.
So what started out to be a bummer turned into an exciting, gratifying day! Next year we'll only be attending 1 craft show........and a very special fiber store!!
I will explain my rant on crafters in the next post. Right now I've got a bunch of things to get done. Time is short today.
You all have a beautiful, peaceful weekend!
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