Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fiber Arts Fiesta

Oh yeah, I forgot to post about the Fiber Arts Fiesta, which I mentioned here. I went on Thursday.

Meh. I dunno, there were some lovely displays of the fiber arts but the whole event left me feeling a little blah. I just felt as though I'd seen it all before. Which, of course, is impossible since everything in the show was made since the last one in 2005. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mindset, maybe I was a little tired. I can't quite put my finger on it.

I didn't let that stop me from shopping though. Unfortunately, no unique fabrics but I did pick up some jewelry from the Friends of New Mexico Bead Society booth:
Everything was made by members of this organization.

Everything in this picture came from Treasures of the Gypsy. The buttons have kind of a Schiapparelli feel, I think. I'm planning on using them on an otherwise plain and formal business jacket. I'll use the stone for a simple piece of jewelry, like these necklaces that I made several years ago.

Park Bench Patterns had a booth, and I got sucked into buying some patterns. The picture below shows them--Diamond Head Park, Carolina Pines Park (for the dress), River Walk (for the shirt), and China Town.
This line has a mixed reputation, but owner/designer Mary Lou Rankin does an excellent job at showing them off to advantage. The samples were soooo adorable, I convinced myself that I needed to try them again. Hmmm, I hope I can "make it work", as Tim Gunn says.


Raesha D said...

I felt the same way too...just a little "blah"....I loved the booth with the art printed on fabric but they were too expensive.

carolyndh said...


I have a few of the Park Bench patterns also. I made the Griffith Park Swirl skirt successfully! I haven't tried any of the others yet. I have the culotte pattern that looks like a wrap skirt. It would be awesome if she would show some of her trunk show content on her website. If people could envision how these could be made up, I would think it would increase sales. What kinds of details did you see in the garments?

Cidell said...

I love that Mahjong bracelet. Do you know if it's possible to order?

Nancy (nanflan) said...

Treasures of the Gypsy's contact information is:

PO Box 748
Mountainair, NM 87036

505/847-0964 (fax)

Unfortunately, no website, although it would be great if they had one. Lots of cute goodies.