I got to celebrate Mardi Grax a little early in Houston while I was there to do a program and teach a workshop for the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston (CHH). On the last day of the workshop, I was introduced to “King Cake” . . . and I even got the baby baked inside! (I also understand the person that finds the baby has certain rights and responsilibites . . . but, more on that in minute!). I even wore my Mardi Gras beads all the way home and learned that if you want to make the process of getting through TSA security screening a little fun, show up wearing Mardi Gras beads! Even passengers on the plane were wondering where the party was.
The weather was absolute perfection! Low-to-mid 70’s and sunny. The CHH weavers were such a great group and I hated to see the workshop end . . . and also leave behind one of the cutest dogs I’ve ever seen. Georgie belonged to my host, Sandy . . . and just looking at her sweet face brought a smile to my face. The weaving in the workshop looked wonderful . . . and I also enjoyed the creativity and ingenuity in their use of color, texture, etc. . . . even coming up with solutions to weighting warp ends with car keys and Mardi Gras beads!
As I understand it, the person that gets the baby in the King Cake is responsible for buying the cake for next year . . . however, I doubt if I will be back in Houston for Mardi Gras next year . . . but, hopefully the CHH weavers can hold tight until the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas 2011 conference in College Station, TX is held in June 2011 (check out weavetexas.org for more information) . . . I promise ‘payback’ in some way while I’m there to teach . . . in the meantime, I will hold on to my fond memories . . . which should be easy to do since my Mardi Gras beads are now hanging on the castle of my AVL and will serve as a reminder every day!