Two years ago at this time I was counting teapots and tea cozies for Pat, my better half, who was helping her weaving buddies get ready for their biennial fashion show and luncheon.
This time around I've been promoted to "official watcher" as Pat takes on the co-chair role of the 2013 Tucson Handweavers & Spinners Guild Fashion Show, Luncheon & Boutique.
As an official watcher I can report that this event is quite a big deal. These weavers and spinners know how to have a good time, and they work hard to pull it off.
Pat and her co-chair, Karen Herhold, have worked for months on the project. There are committees for this and committees for that - sort of a mini-moon landing project, without the rockets.
The theme for the luncheon is the "Magic of Tucson." The co-chairs are leaving the interpretation of the theme to individuals who are creating brilliantly colored hand-dyed silks; lush, draped, handwoven clothing and accessories; and rich-textured table centerpieces formed from Tucson desert materials.
It's a wonderful combination of creativity, passion and hard work.
About the event
The Tucson Handweavers & Spinners Guild's Fashion Show, Luncheon & Boutique will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson-Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way.
Educational exhibits and demonstrations will run from 10 a.m. to noon.
Handmade items will be available to view and buy in the boutique from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Baskets filled with hand-crafted items, gift certificates and donations by local merchants will be raffled for $5 per ticket. (Winners will be announced during the fashion show, but entrants need not be present to win.)
The exhibits, demonstrations and browsing at the boutique are free and open to the public. Pat has been whispering in my ear that this is a not-to-be-missed event for anyone interested in textile art.
The luncheon will start at noon, followed by the fashion show featuring works by Tucson Handweavers & Spinners Guild members. Cost for the luncheon and fashion show is $40 per person; everyone is welcome.
There's still plenty of time to register for the luncheon and fashion show - RSVPs are due Feb. 23. To register go to www.thsg.org online (click on the "Fashion Show" box).
About the guild
According to its mission statement, the nonprofit Tucson Handweavers & Spinners Guild "supports and encourages creative expression in weaving, spinning and other fiber-related endeavors through gatherings, education and promotion of public appreciation for these arts and crafts."
From 35 founding members in 1973, the guild has grown to more than 200.
It holds daytime and evening meetings year-round with diverse programs and a variety of workshops taught by renowned fiber artists, along with educational displays and demonstrations.
The guild also hosts several study groups that focus on a specific area of fiber arts, including weaving, spinning, tapestry, basketry, felting, surface design, knitting, rug weaving, book arts and wearables.
Through donations the guild supports textile preservation and fiber arts endeavors around the world.
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