Make, learn and talk about needle lace.
After having dinner with a new friend, I returned to the hotel to go to the Teacher's Showcase. Right off, what I liked about the event this year is that it was so spread out. room for everyone to just come in and walk around to every table. The collection of teachers this year (as every year) is very talented and you can really see that at this event. They put out their most beautiful pieces. As you look at every table, you are inspired and want immediately to take their class.
I think it must be so satisfying for the teachers to have their work displayed and admired.
But suddenly, like many others, I realized that I was exhausted. All this fun wears a person out. I needed to get rest before the next days fun.
Just a comment before I leave you.... it is a wonderful feeling to be here among "my people". Those other people that are as crazy as you are to get excited to see a piece of lace centuries old, that feel like a little kid so happy to finally get the "stitch" right on the lace, that share a passion for making this complicated lace just for the joy of making it. In this world of fast, easy and quick, here we celebrate the fact that it is not fast, easy and quick and accept the challenge every day to make our lace better. We ask questions, we study books and pieces of completed lace, we practice until our fingers fall off just for the shear joy of completing a piece well and having this beautiful piece of art that we have created.