So it is a week later.  I'm home and have caught up on my sleep.  It is now time for me to really know that it is all over.  So I thought I would put down my final thoughts:

I would say that the highlight of my week is being with wonderful people who really get me...because they are just like me.  Who in your everyday life would be excited about a new way to make a lace stitch?  You won't see it on the news, you won't read it in the papers, but to you and me, it is a big thing. 

but it is more than that.  It is that these women have come this far to be with each other and to continue to learn, no matter what their age.  I met the most wonderful 80 year old woman on this trip.  The way she approached her life was just an inspiration to me.  As I shared with some of you, I've had some difficulties in my life, and to be around these lovely alive women was wonderful and inspiring. 

I learned a lot of real world stuff too.  I asked so many questions, so many, and learned a lot.   For example, I'm an east coast girl.  Never thought mountains could inspire anyone.  Only the ocean can do that.  but was I WRONG.  When I saw those mountains, I got it bigtime.  In the quiet moments of our classes we discussed lots of things.

So now I'm sad because I miss being there.  But I comfort myself with the thought that I will again be there next year and that I will take now what I've learned and perfect it and share it.

If you ever get a chance to attend one of these conventions, and I hope that you do, I hope for you that you have as good a time as I did.

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Comment by Linda Dumas on August 21, 2013 at 10:05am

You are most welcome Antonia.  Yes, it is a long way to go from Australia. 

Comment by Antonia Lai on August 20, 2013 at 4:57pm
Hi Linda, thank you for all the postings about the convention. I started to seriously doing lace since I joined needlelace talk through forum tutorials. I did not know about the convention until I read about it in the forum. Your work is beautiful and the way you approach it give me inspirations. It is far for me to attend the convention. I will pursue on to work on the laces and can justify for me to attend one day. Thank you for all inspirations you contributed to this forum.
Comment by Janet Peer on August 17, 2013 at 10:41am
It was a new piece she designed for the lace contest. No pictures yet because the IOLI has the rights to be the first to publish it. It is beautiful!
Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 16, 2013 at 10:44pm

Which of Liz's pieces was it?  Is there a picture?

Comment by Janet Peer on August 16, 2013 at 4:57pm
Woops! I misspelled Liz's name! It's Liz Ligeti!!
Comment by Janet Peer on August 16, 2013 at 4:52pm
Hi Linda,
Thanks for your insights and impressions of the lace convention in Salt Lake City. Since I am a member of Beehive Lacers and all of us have spent the past three years working hard to prepare for the convention, it was good to hear so many positive comments. I wish our paths had crossed so I could know who you are.
You left out one very important detail: the winner of the Doris Southard Award (for teachers) was a beautiful piece of needle lace designed and worked by Elizabeth Lagiti!!
Congratulations, Liz!!!
Comment by Linda Dumas on August 16, 2013 at 3:01pm

you are welcome.  I'm just glad someone is reading what I wrote.  thanks.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 16, 2013 at 2:27pm

Linda:  I have greatly enjoyed hearing your account of the convention.  Meeting and being with people who share our passion is a kind of validation.  Lace makers, as serious as we are, are very far apart and rare, at least in the U.S.  Our families and friends allow us our quirks and crazy enthusiasm about lace, but don't really get it.  We aren't crazy, we are just rare.

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