It’s taken me too long to write about my wonderful visit to Gabriella’s Yarn shop in Naples, Florida. I was there toward the end of February teaching a Pick A Nonibag, Any Nonibag class. In this workshop, participants choose to make any of my designs. The bulk if not all of the bag knitting was done before the class and folks bring damp bags in on the first morning.
We spend the majority of the time working on turning the bags from ordinary to extraordinary, from schlumpy in some cases to pretty darn spectacular. We work on creating structure for the bags using stiffener, designing embellishments, choosing the best flowers for the bags, beading, adding handles, lining bags, putting in magnetic snaps or other closures, such as zippers.
I tend to forget about the camera and focus on the people in the class and their projects. This, I have discovered has its pros and cons. I work on people’s bags myself, do a lot of hands on demonstration, help people with new techniques. . . this is all very good. And energizing for us all. But what I missed this time (and in the past) was taking before and after pictures. This is a pity, because what is not captured, then, is just how much progress everyone makes during the 12 or so hours we are together.
Next time, I’ll Take The Before & After pictures! . . . I resolve to do better, and next time I am teaching a workshop I will make it a practice do take a BEFORE picture of the bag, lumps and all, just like they do at the gym when you go in for personal training. And then, at the end of the class, I’ll take an AFTER picture as sweet evidence of how much work was done, and how beautiful the bags turned out.
Before and after pictures next time, I promise. . .
Now, About Gabriella’s Yarn Shop
Gabriella’s is a cozy, new shop in a warehouse-ish part of Naples (off Old Rt 41). Notable contents: Jade Saphire yarns, including cashmere (yummy!), lots of great sweater samples hanging on the wall, lot of Noni, great felting yarns, and Addi Click needles. If you’re down in Florida, stop in. Gabriella is great and there’s always some delectable wine on the menu if you are there late knitting (her husband is a wine distributor, so she’s got serious connetions!). The store is already slated to expand, so maybe when you stop in it will be a little too big to call cozy. I can’t wait to visit again.