Because I took so many pictures that are just too interesting not to share, I am splitting this into two posts like usual. Today is the set up, and tomorrow will be the win portion.
Let’s start with the teams:
Youth teams – there were four of them, and they all were from Conner Prairie. Once again, Sue Payne’s mentorship paid dividends, but in more ways than one as you will see later.
The Silent Spinners. Each member of the team chose a silent screen actress to become and their costumes were amazing. Two of the costumes have a real history behind them as they originally belonged to Sue Payne’s grandmother. One I failed to get a good picture of (the green satin PJs worn by the weaver), but the other…
Isn’t this dress stunning? Printed crepe with black Spanish lace. The young lady wearing it loved it and I can tell she was going to hate giving it up at the end of the event. And it fits her like it was made for her.
The second team was the Wonder Wheels based on characters from Alice in Wonderland. And yes, the Red Queen was wearing a real hoop skirt while spinning. Awesome!
The third team was the Lady-Bugs of the Wheel and, even though you can’t see it, one of the spinners even had a Ladybug spinning wheel from Schacht.
I really loved their practice scarves, especially the one on the far right, which they used as the basis for their competition scarf as you will see.
Of course, no competition would be complete without the infamous Pirates of the Treadle, the all boys team.
And their sample scarves. I really like that right one with its indigo stripe down the middle.
Now, I’ll introduce the two adult teams. The first team is a very special one and everyone was so glad they were there. This is where Sue Payne’s previous mentorship comes in – all of the team members are former Conner Prairie Youth Team members.
The Dream Team. The young man is a former Pirate, so the girls obviously managed to civilize him.
The other adult team was Serendipity with John Salamone as the weaver.
I loved that they brought skeins of hand-spun yarns to show off.
They were all so beautiful, but…
… I really love that left-hand skein spun by Mary Van Hook. She said she had three total. Hmmm…
Just to give you a teaser of what is coming tomorrow, I’ll give you a sneak peek of their scarves/shawls.
The Silent Spinners – you can see a glimpse of the green, satin PJ’s that once belonged to Sue Payne’s grandmother here.
Lady-Bugs – Isn’t that pattern with its colors just delightful?
Pirates – a nice and masculine scarf.
The Dream Team from underneath. She had just advanced the loom and there wasn’t enough on top to give you a good look at it.
Tomorrow, I’ll pick up where the team take them from the looms through the auction process. Same bat time, same bat channel.