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Northwest Lace Conference Part 4


I took the knotted lace flower class from Elena Dickson. I managed to finish my flower by the second day of classes. So then I played with knotted lace edgings, making tubes, chains, and beading chains. This is the only piece that I took a photo for though.


When I was talking to Lauren about coming to visit me for the lace conference, I discovered that there was another Lauren Snyder signed up for the conference. So, we had to take a photo of the 2 Lauren Snyders. What is even more entertaining is that they are both tatters. 🙂


I took one selfie with Lauren. Only 1. We were at the banquet. We are starting to look a little tired in this photo.



The center pieces at the banquet were made by the members of the Portland Lace Society.  The theme was rainbows and butterflies, so each centerpiece had rainbows and butterflies.  Most of the pieces were made in bobbin lace or tatting, but I know there were also knotted lace butterflies.



I’m not sure which group this is, but the gal in the middle won the quilt.  She was a bit overwhelmed.



Northwest Lace Conference Part 3


There are just a few more pieces of the Northwest Lace Conference that I wanted to share. This is the quilt that was made by a member and raffled off. The butterflies were all made by members of the Portland Lace Society. There are many different types of lace represented on the quilt and it was lovely.


Lauren and I were looking pretty chipper that first day. Each day we were a little more tired though. Those long days and short nights took their toll.


We rode with Jean and Shirley, so I took their photo. Somewhat unawares I think.


The lace contest had several entries.  The themes were original pattern and contest theme.  I think.  Anyway.  I enjoyed seeing all of the entries and the creativity that went with them.


Then there were the display pieces.


So many different kinds of lace on display.




I have to admit that I was inspired by all of the pieces on display. Most especially by the knotted lace items as I chose to take the knotted lace flower class. It seems I have shared many photos and I will have to add one more part to my tale. So, look for part 4 tomorrow. 🙂

Visits From Friends

My friend Shandra came to visit and the first day that she was here I took her to Powell’s Books. It’s one of those Portland institutions that you have to visit once while in Portland. The bookstore is amazing. It’s huge, there are so many genres to explore, and you can easily lose yourself in the rows for hours.


The employees even give you helpful (and entertaining hints) about the books.


I also took Shandra to the International Rose Test Garden. Of course, it is in full bloom and just smells and looks delightful.





I also took her to Pearl Fiber Arts which is a lovely shop in the Pearl District. Then we dined at Supa for lunch. Delicious sandwiches and delightful soup. Then I took her to Uwajimaya in Beaverton. We ended our day at Black Sheep at Orenco for Handiwork Guild.

Rose City Yarn Crawl Part 2

The second day saw us venturing to all of the shops that were outside of Portland proper. We decided to meander to the shop that was farthest away first, and work our way back. So stop number 1 (RCYC #8), was Wool N Wares. Wool N Wares was a nice little shop, and they happened to be located close to a quilt shop. This was not a good situation for me. It took a lot of willpower.


Our next stop was Northwest Wools. This shop was very large and packed full of color. The gals there really liked my sweater. And my scarf. And my tatted jewelry. We had a hard time leaving. lol The day was so nice, we took our time in this area and stopped into a delightful bead store where I showed the sales gal how to tat.


All About Yarn was another large shop, and one that was hard to find. This was our 3rd stop for the day (RCYC #10). We were becoming a little peckish at this point, so broke out the bananas to keep up our energy.


Next we wandered over to For Yarns Sake. Great layout, really pretty shop, and some nice yarns too. This was our 4th stop for the day (#11RCYC) and lunch was definitely in order. After lunch and our yarn stop, we decided to check out Uwajimaya. For those who don’t know, Uwajimaya is a huge Japanese grocery store. They have all kinds of stuff in there. Some strange (to me), some delicious.


After Uwajimaya it was time to head to Knitting Bee. I had been to the Knitting Bee before, so I actually knew (mostly) how to get there and where it was. I also knew some of the lovely yarns sold there. We had a lovely time checking out the Knitted Wit and Black Trillium selection.


Our final stop for the day was Black Sheep at Orenco Station. This is actually the closest shop to me and I’ve been in several times since moving to Oregon. Lauren might have found something extra lovely, but that’s a comment for another day. After our stop at Black Sheep we headed for home.