Stichelein, Michelstadt, what are these words? The Stichelein is an annual fest for fiber arts, generally of the more conservative nature, but not exclusively. The fest is in the picturesque city of Michelstadt in the Odenwald (Germany). I have attended 6 of the 8 years we have been in this lovely country. This year was light on patchwork and exhibits, but heavy on the vendors. Not necessarily a bad thing, as the vendors were mostly artists showcasing their weaving, felting (very big here), silk and yarn dying, whitework, etc. There was glorious antique linen, fabulous capes and scarves made of silk with felted borders and motifs, buttons of all shapes, colors and sizes, incredible embroidery of all styles, handwork to boggle the mind and textures that screamed to be touched!
Anyways, thinking I’d try to look the part of a fiber artist, I wore my scrappy poncho.