Celebrating accomplishments

This week I am celebrating accomplishments of my first vending experience at the Belfast Hook In by 207 Creatives.

Belfast pin cushions

Needle felted pin cushions

hand dyed wool

Hand dyed wool bundles

Managing fears has been something that has come up from time to time in my life. Last weekend was one of them, and I made it through without a hitch.

I have had to give speeches in front of a graduation crowd – twice – and I came out on the other side smiling and proud. Being an introvert has its advantages and certainly, disadvantages. I was a vendor at the Belfast Hook In last Saturday, as well as a co-cordinator, and it was fine – fun in fact. Managing fears and coming out ahead feels like a great success for an introvert like myself. Preparing for weeks, making patterns, sketching new patterns, hand dyeing wool – all sorts of beautiful colors, needle felting some sweet, sweet pin cushions, putting together small lavender bags and more. Wondering just what might catch the hookers attention .

Having the good fortune of being part of a collaboration, now called 207 Creatives, with Connie Fletcher of Seven Gables Design and Beth Miller of Paris House Wool Works has taught me so much and supported my growing talent in this art form. So many thanks go out to them. I look forward to continuing this collaboration with these very talented women and business women. We have some new ideas in mind on how to provide an even better experience for people in the rug hooking world.

Belfast Hook In

Here are some photos that support this newest venture, and I can say that I am proud of its outcome. I learned a lot, will tweak some things, duplicate others and happily move forward towards the next event. Finally doing something that has been part of my fabric for years, perhaps part of my DNA, as the women on my mothers side were makers too. I had a blog post about them a while ago.

Belfast Hook In

These are but a few of the absolutely beautiful rugs that were displayed at the Hook In rug show: