My mom and step-dad are here — yippee! The reinforcements have arrived! On Saturday, I gave them a break from baby-sitting duties and took them to Michelstadt in the Odenwald for the Sticheleien, a market themed around fiber and needle arts.
The exhibits and vendors are based in and around the historic town hall. Our first task, however, was to find food. We went to the courtyard in front of the local history/toy museum and library. There is always a tent there with delicious organic food.
We sampled pumpkin soup, green pumpkin seed patties with a pickled veg salad, and leek “pizza” with the same salad. This was of course, all served on real plates because plastic or paper would not only be environmentally unfriendly, but it would be terribly un-couth as well. They had coffee and cakes as well, but we opted to go to a conditorei later in the day.
Inside the museum, artists showed their wares and worked on projects nestled amongst the wood framing of the hundreds-of-years-old buildings.
This woman crocheted the most wonderful concoctions of wire, yarn and beads. It was all so delicately made, and perfectly realized.
I wanted to learn how to make lace with “Klöppel” just so I could buy hand-turned spools from this man. They are made from beautiful woods and some even have ceramic or metal inlays. He was pretty cute to look at too — in an “I spend my days in my tiny workshop on a hillside surrounded by sheep and drink a good hefe-weisen at the local pub every night” kind of way.
What’s this in another building? Yup, that’s my Quiltstadt commanding an entire end of the hall!
I can’t believe how incredibly huge this is. No wonder it took me so long to finish it! I had about two feet of binding, plus a sleeve to sew on on Wednesday, so I decided to take it to our Guild meeting anyways. Gudrun, who owns the local quilt shop and is a local institution herself, asked if she could please display my quilt at her booth at the Sticheleien. Of course! I finished off the sewing Thursday morning, and Gudrun took it to Michelstadt on Friday.
I was very restrained in my purchases. I came home with two little snowflake baby ornaments for my friend who watched the kids, 6 hanks of hand dyed cotton and silk floss (at an irresistable sale price), and a Fliegenpilz sock darner (I had the ladies at that table in a tizzy looking for the Strickpilz they were sure they had but never did find — I sooooo would have bought it from them) plus 3 little Fliegenpilz buttons.