This summer started with a bang. Two weeks ago I was a vendor at the Contemporary Handweaver’s of Texas (CHT) bi-annual conference. It was held in Addison (Dallas), Texas. Last week I was a vendor at the Surface Design Association (SDA) bi-annual conference held in San Antonio, Texas.  Typically, as a vendor, you don’t get to see much of the conference activities but you do have the opportunity to see some of their exhibits as well as all of the other vendors.

I have been at several CHT conferences and do enjoy the Member’s Exhibit.  This year I didn’t submit any pieces but certainly was very impressed by the work that was there.  The venue was also very, very nice.  The conference was held at the Addison Conference Center, which is a very interesting building, located in a park setting.  Well done Dallas Handweaver’s Guild.

The SDA conference was a first for me.  I was able to check out the library, member donations (unbelievable pincushions and tote bags) for general fundraising, as well as the silent auction.  Fantastic work done by the members.  I also did not submit anything for the member’s exhibit here and didn’t have a chance to see the work submitted by others.

What I did do at both conferences was take the opportunity to do some shopping with some of the folks I don’t have a chance to see very often as well as meet some new people.


From Red Fish Dyeworks

From Miscellaneous

From Giovanna Imperia (why I just don’t go to her studio here at home is beyond me!)

From Miscellaneous

From a new friend and, hopefully, a new exhibitor at the International Quilt Festival – Leslie of Cimarrona

From Miscellaneous

The items above are all made from recycled wool garments.  They are wonderful.


From Giovanna Imperia (photo does not show the little sequins scattered throughout the fiber)

From Miscellaneous

From John Marshall (missed his trunk show in Houston but made up for it here with all the silk skeins)

From Miscellaneous

From  Takako of Habu: (gorgeous colors of stainless yarn)

From Miscellaneous

From Joan McGee: (creator of one-of-a-kind wearable art- some of her fabric scraps-yummy)

From Miscellaneous

Yes, I did come home with a little change left in my jeans.

2 thoughts on “Conferences

  1. There is plenty of inspiration in this post. Goodness, it looks like you had a wonderful time. The recycled wool skulls are fabulous!


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