I love going to the NC State Fair. I saw some clogging, listened to some bluegrass, ate some weird fair food, and got my yearly block of Cheerwine flavored fudge.
I visited with Anitra at her tatting booth inside the Village of Yesteryear, had nice chats with a weaver and a potter, and saw many beautiful crafts.
The Exhibition Building houses the ribbon competition entries. We do not have very many tatting categories, but quilting and embroidery are especially plentiful and exquisite.
I won 2 ribbons! I got the blue ribbon for framed/mounted tatting with this square pinwheel Dora Young pattern. I won second place in a catch-all "other non-threaded needlework" category with a set of bookmarks, all my own patterns, mostly from Playing with Picots. Those were my only 2 entries, so I was very pleased they both placed. Also, I was happy to see friend's names on ribbon winners in some other categories.
Each year as I walk through the fair, I think of all the things I can make and all the categories I can enter the next year. Will I actually make all those things in time?