preparing skeins for overdyeingThe title is a quote from Calvin and Hobbes. It fits for me right now!

I have entered the kind of good stress that is making me ecstatic and at the same time a bit breathless and wobbly.

After spending the last ten months or so moaning about needing another fix for my travel/art retreat addiction, I am overwhelmed with riches. Saturday I leave for Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a week of indigo dyeing with Rowland Ricketts. I am preparing a lot of skeins from my yarn stash (some are really hideous colors bought cheap for overdyeing) so I hope that he won’t mind me popping them in. I have started the design phase of my next large(r) tapestry and I need a variety of blues and purples and greens. I’ll be there for a week, and I’m driving with Divergent from Veronica Roth in the CD player, hoping that will make the lonely drive shorter.

On the way, the River Arts District Studio Stroll is happening in Asheville right off I-40, so I get the opportunity to stop and do that right at my halfway point. Chad Alice Hagen will be there, so I get to see my new friend!

Here’s the biggie, though. This is what is wigging me out. After I finally joined the American Tapestry Alliance, I noticed an ad in their newsletter about tapestry retreats. I emailed for more information, and I have to say, it seemed like it would be too good to be true. I was gathering information in case it was an option for next year, because I already have solid plans to go to Colorado and California in September. However, after talking to Pam Patrie on the phone and to others about the logistics, I realized that not only was this opportunity for real, it is doable THIS YEAR. So I am going to a retreat for advanced tapestry weavers and staying for 5-6 nights in a cabin at a beautiful beach on the northwest Oregon coast in late August. What a generous and lovely woman!

I’m really swooning over this, y’all. Wow.

I’ll try to post photos from Gatlinburg next week using my Kindle Fire if I can, but I never know whether it will play well with other wifi routers. If not, I’ll post when I come back.

Here is the tapestry design and cartoon I am working on.

tapestry design