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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Winter Woolen Workshop

Remember that Saturday Night Live skit by Hanz and Franz.....
"We want to up!"  
Well that's how I feel every year when I attend the Winter Woolen Workshop. 
I get all pumped up, excited, and a bit overwhelmed by everything I see, learn, and want to make.
I do believe for as long as I've been blogging, I've been telling you about the Winter Woolen Workshop.  It takes place in two mansions in Kokomo, IN, that are right next door to each other.  They are The Seiberling Mansion and The Elliot House.  
It's always in February.  
And it was yesterday and today (Sunday).   
You missed yesterday, but there is plenty of time to attend today.  Sunday 11-5. 
There is a $15 admission fee.
Here are a few pics I took yesterday.  I kept walking around with my camera, but I kept getting side-tracked and forgetting to take pictures! 
So here I am showing a young lady how to spin.  She loved it!

 There are a lot of demonstrations going on at the Seiberling Mansion.
If you want to learn to quilt, knit, rug hook, bead, embroider, etc, Etc., ETC!....
Click "HERE" to see more details....

I want to show you some pictures of the stuff for sale.
Lots and lots of wool.  This is only one of several booths of wool.  
It's great for rug hooking, rug punch, applique, and sewing.
 Ephemera items, journals, cards, tags, scrapbooking items, bags,
and other fun primitives.  I love the crow!

There is a booth full of yarn, knitting needles, yarn bags, 
and other booths with yarn bowls, and 
 Fancy roving, which I think I'll be spinning into thread for embellishing....
 Plus roving for spinning.  Tons and Tons of roving.

 And we got your stitchers...dressmakers....bag makers....
 (see that grayish colored apron to the right.  I bought it right off the mannequin)
 basket makers
and soap makers.
 Here are a few of the rug hooked items.  Some are for sale and some are display only, but the patterns are for sale.

 If I were a rug hooker, I'd make this owl and bunny (only in brown).  But I'm not.  (I made a coaster once - teehee)
 And this is the very photogenic granny bee holding up her beeskep pattern she drew herself!
 This is also another pattern I was drooling over.  Keep in mind, they tell me, you can use an Oxford Rug Punch on these patterns too. 
 One of many booths of rug hook/punch patterns for sale.
 Patti!  What are you doing in this picture!??!!!  She's shopping of course!
 Wool and alpaca socks, mittens, scarves, and stuffed animals for sale
 If you need a supply, a tool, an embellishment.....
 Get it here!  This is one stop shopping for hand made stuff.
 And I forgot to mention painting.  Yes we have a painter amongst us as well.

 If you click on The Granny Bee's page, you will also see that there are classes you can take at this event.  Most of them require pre-registration.  However, I heard one of the teachers tell someone yesterday that she had an extra "kit" and she'd let her take the class even though she didn't pre-register.  So there is a chance you can still take a class.

Now, let me show you my purchases.   (I don't have time to flip this pic!)  I have to get ready to go!
Lots of patterns.  Yes I bought them all!  Well, they were on clearance!
 a piece of over-dyed velvet material, over-dyed silk threads, over-dyed osnaburg (that you can punch needle in, and I do know how to do that!)
 How to books...

This is a journal.  I love the fabric they covered it in.  The lady told me that a friend of hers bought an old rug.  The friend took the rug apart, unrolled all of the fabric, stitched it all together and made a big sheet of fabric and gave it to her.  (her as in the lady with the booth)  She covered this journal with the fabric and no  I didn't need a journal, I just love these colors.
 The paper looks old. spin....into thread or yarn.

 Linen apron style dress thingy.  (I'm wearing it today!)
 I don't believe this (below) was hand-made (has a made in china mark on the back of it) but it looks handmade.  Either way, it was not expensive and I bought it.  I'm thinking table runner, pillow, or folding it in half and making a bag.  I love the colors.
All of the stuff I bought came to right under $100.00.  There are some good deals to be had, and the best part...lots of women having fun and laughing (alot) and sharing ideas!
Come by and get pumped up for hand made!
See you there!
Cindy Bee


  1. plenty there to get your creative juices flowing that's for sure!!

  2. This looks like so much fun Cindy, I HAVE to make it up there next year!

  3. I'll take the birdhouse gourd!!!...:)JP

  4. Oh my one of these years I am going to come down to shop with you!

  5. Cindy, it is easy to see why you get so excited. What a lovely time to have such a great festival of arts and crafts. By the time February gets here we are usually so bogged down with cabin fever, that a feast of the arts would be a wonderful outing and a great treat. That cabin fever thing refers to me . . . you seem to always be on the go, you probably have never had a case of cabin fever, LOL. Oh, to be young again and have your energy:) Bottle me up some and send it my way, okay?
    Keep smiling,
    Connie :)

  6. What a wonderful event to go to Cindy. I'm amazed you were so restrained. A similar event we have over here is Woolfest at the end of June, and I've been saving my pennies in readiness. Philippa x

  7. We're Hanz and Franz and we're here to PUMP...YOU UP!!! Good times :)


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