Another happy and fulfilling Texas Folk Life Festival!
Unfortunately, I just wasn’t in the right head space for photography – I got good shots of my booth the morning of setup, and I went out with the camera walking around – but just couldn’t see any shots.
Just in case anybody’s curious, here are my reference shots of my booth:
There are several new/different things – the most noticeable are the table cloths! These two pieces of suedecloth-y stuff were on sale at the local JoAnn’s, and I got both of them together for about $25. No, not even related to silk – but they hold up well and they don’t wrinkle.
Left end of the L-shaped booth. The Lao reel didn’t get used at all at this event; it’s just not quite as conducive as the Wyatt reel to showing the whole process.
I’ve got white and yellow cocoons here, which were the source of a LOT of questions.
Right end of the front part; the loom is warped with cotton, but shows how I make the ribbons. The embroidery got a lot of good attention.
On the side of the L, the wild silk moths. This table is also part of my staging space; it keeps people out of the way of my wires and boiling water.
Speaking of boiling water – Chris got me this Mr. Induction tabletop stove as a present. It TOTALLY rocks. It can boil water from cool room temperature in twelve minutes. It works by heating the pan, not the burner – it’s amazing. It also has the fastest re-boil I’ve ever seen. I also like the little shorter pan that it came with – it is easier for people to see what I’m doing with the cocoons and the brush. I found out that it wasn’t happy on top of this towel – it vents from below, and needed better foot clearance. I need to get it a dedicated pad of some sort.
And these are cute little worm-shaped coconut cookies. They’re made of tapioca starch, so I can eat them! The look on people’s faces as I crunch one mid-demo is priceless.