My first bit of excitement from the Sunapee fair (League of New Hampshire Craftsmen) came before the show officially opened. At the preview party Friday night, it was announced that I was this year's winner of the Best in Fine Sewing award. Was I ever surprised and thrilled. This award is sponsored by the Portsmouth Fabric Company and the prize is a gift certificate for their store. This is one of my favorite fabric stores, so that made the award doubly exciting. I can't wait to redeem it. I've been spending some of it in my head already.
The jacket that won was Fruit of my Mind - pictured here - in the center.
There is a funny story about this jacket winning the prize. I had originally submitted Jellyroll Rag for the exhibit instead of this one. Jellyroll Rag is red and when Stacy Herlitz, the Craftwear organizer, was setting up the display she had a hard time making the red jacket "play well" against the aqua wall behind it. So she called me up to ask if I minded if she put Fruit of my Mind into the exhibit instead. I agreed figuring it was much better to make sure the whole display would look good than to work around a specific piece. Needless to say, I was awfully glad she made the swap.
Here's a closer view of the jacket. It's made of embroidered silk with layers of couching--bands of plain colored silk, followed by iridescent ribbon, followed by those Stef Francis rayon threads that I love.
(Thanks to Sonja for these pictures. I was so wound up by all of this that I forgot to take any pictures when I was there on Friday and Saturday!)
I have to say that it was also exciting to see my jackets in the context of the larger display. Here's a picture of Dance Rhythms as a centerpiece of another part of the display. The necklace that Stacy chose to put with it also won an award. The colors coordinated beautifully.
These four jackets were part of the Craftwear Exhibit (i.e., eligible for prizes). I also have 11 more jackets on a retail rack nearby.
The show continues through next weekend, so there's still time if you can get there. It's well worth the time. There is just so much stunningly beautiful work available, I'm sure you'll be inspired.