"Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold."
Last weekend I was treated to a very special visit from a long-time friend who came to see us for my birthday! I loved having Chris here in our home! (Remember when I visited her for the quilt festival back in February of this year?)She had been wanting to come to the Farmers' Market this summer and check out the girls' booth in person after seeing so many market pictures on the blog!! So she drove 3+ hours to make it happen!
We strolled around the other vendors' booths and bought some of the first peaches of the season; she bought some of Hannah's soap; and we watched Sarah interacting with her customers: After we left the Market, we ate lunch downtown, and then I took her to some little shops along the street. I especially wanted to take her to Appalachian Piecework down at the Wharf. I've posted about this shop before but never tire of taking guests there: I was glad to see the owner's daughter in the shop that day. She explained to Chris how she made the scarves and dresses using the Shibori Method.
That tube she is showing us has the specially dyed fabric wound around it and will be an over-dress when she cuts it off the tube. There's a lot more to it than that, but that's all I remember. A customer out West was having it custom made and mailed to her:Below: the dress after it's been cut off the tube and unwound. Here's the shop owner checking out the results: I love wandering around the shop and seeing the weaving taking place. Mostly I just look...because mostly it's expensive! I especially loved viewing all the vintage quilts around the shop which the owner has collected. Below is a sign about vintage quilts - I loved her wording: The plaque says, "I have collected quilts for the last 30 years. I am drawn to them. I repair them, launder them, and enjoy them. Many families have passed quilts down from generation to generation. The ones in my shop have come from different regions of the country. Many of them from the Shenandoah Valley, Pennsylvania, and Maine. Ask for assistance if you would like to open them up."
Appalachian Piecework also carries Hannah's soap in their shop. Here's one of the washbowl displays: After a quick visit to the quilt shop next door and the book store, we called it a day and headed back home and sat down to a delicious meal of Spicy Chicken over noodles, salad, homemade bread, and Sarah's cheesecake. Thanks, girls!
The next day Chris attended church with us before she drove back home to her family. What a good weekend!!