Hello, my dear friends!
Here I am! Abilmente Vicenza is behind me and I can happily tell you that it was great.
I don’t even know where to start to write about this beautiful fair! As I arrived I was captured by a warm creative stream which led me around and which I can still strongly feel even if two days has already passed. It was beautiful being a part ot that colourful and so inspiring event.
The members of the Magliuomini group are simply amazing.
I was welcomed with kindness and was put at my ease from the very first moment and even if I was so very thrilled I was never disoriented. Pretending to have winning an Academy Award (….. be patient with me and excuse my emotionalisam… because I feel like that for real….), a special thanks goes to Kate Alinari, known as the Magliuomini’s Godmother, and to Paolo Dalle Piane, known as Magliuomini’s Boss!
Great experts and yarn lovers, their support was of a great help for me. Thank you, guys!!
This overall sense of well-being helped me during my class which went well and I was so pleased by my pupils’ desire to organize a knit café and work on socks again . I was so concentrated on explaining (…and on trying to avoid leaving a bad impression…) that I didn’t take photos of my class but there are two of them published on my FB page taken by one of my pupil’s husband so you can see us ‘in action’ . But despite my fear and excitement, I had fun indeed!
I saw amazing crochet and knit installation art!
Do you remember or have you heard about the World’s biggest blanket crocheted in Trieste and displayed in Piazza Unità on June 20th 2015? I have published some photos on my FB page… well, pieces of it were displayed at Abilmente…
I was overwhelmed by this crochet beauty…. The power of the hook rules!!
There was a yarny tribute to Mondrian…
Amazing, don’t you think?! And of course, this is only a little part of the whole …. I felt like Alice in Wonderland and I spent more time looking around in awe than taking photos. But I hope that I gave you the idea of what I have seen…
…. and more and more and more…. I’m sorry that I didn’t have more time to visit the fair. You need at least two days to see everything.
The list of events organized by the Magliuomini Group was rich indeed! I was so lucky because I was able to attend to a meeting with two extraordinary artists, the DAMSS, on Friday afternoon. Trying to summarise the presentation of their art two words come up to my mind, precisely contamination and experimentation! And an invitation to try to do the same by ourselves!!
(…. I fell in love with her… a deep, visceral love… )
As you can see, the two artists work mostly with fiber exploring the effects if treated with artistic techniques from other fields like those used in furniture restoration… Their work is an union of art and handicraft and highlights the importance of the beauty in everyday’s life. Their enthusiasm was contagious and I came home with a new awareness of which role art should have in my life. Oh, now I know what I want as Christmas gift! Their book!!
I’m so so so so very glad to tell that I had the chance to try some crafts I have never tried before….
…. like doing some spool knitting
This is an interesting technique suitable for knitted jewellry and much more and I was thinking about buying a spool… I have to thank Sara Lo Sasso for have shown me how it works .
And … I SPUN!!!
I was invited by Fiberfabry to try to spun, he explained me the basics of spinning and have to admit that I’m tempted to buy a spindle….
All this was crazy!!! What a great experience!!!
I think you can easily imagine that I came home with new goodies….
First of all I have to show you the gift I received from Magliuomini
Is there anything that I have to say about this photo?? The yarn is amazing as it is the knitting needle gauge!! And it’s ROWAN!!! As the yarn I bought for my hat….
(Do you like this shade of red, Claire? It is not exactly cherry red but I think that, by adding the Rowan’s kidsilk haze from the previous photo, I will obtain a nice result… )
You can also see the result of my very first spinning on the above photo😀 .
And as last but not least, I bought a self healing mat and a rotary cutter.
It’s an A2 cutting mat, 24″x18″, for 18 euros. Well, I liked the price so much that I decided to buy it!! What do you say, was it a bargain? I couldn’t find anything under 30 euros in the stores I was looking for it before so I purchased it at the fair…
At the very end of this long post I’d like to show you my pass ….
…. and tell once again how great Abilmente was for me!!
I wish you a good beginning of the week!!