The last week of October took me out to Indiana, and Bev Stewart’s Whispering Pines Designs in Clayton. Bev coordinated two wonderful classes filled with talent and eager people. In three day sessions they worked through the Basic Elements and Principles of Design. The classes included three generations of fiber artists, and another mother, daughter pair along with people who were pulling their first 1000 loops to those who had spent thousands of hours enjoying wool.
Bev and the locals coordinate a very successful hook-in the second Saturday of September, bringing in a wide variety of vendors and over 300 eager rugmakers. The efforts of this organizing group validates the passions thousands have for pulling loops through backing whether the fabric is wool strips, yarns or plastic bags.
The wonderful Arts and Crafts home of Jim and Bev Stewart welcomed me along with its inhabitants. Jim was “treated” each morning to a bowl of oatmeal I had prepared and the animals seemed to enjoy another person around.