Last month I attended the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) Annual General Meeting. This year the AGM was held in Portland, Oregon and focused on Northanger Abbey. All the details of mayhem, mystery, and muslin can be found on the family blog, so here’s just a quick summary for the craft room.
I was a member of a panel discussion Friday morning and it’s hard to say who had more fun, we panel members or the audience. We hired an actor to play Henry Tilney, the hero of Northanger Abbey, and his performance was one of the highlights of the AGM. Some of the ladies were very disappointed to learn that he would not be attending the Saturday night ball, as they were hoping to dance with him!
I attended several breakout sessions and Team Gimlet toured the beautiful and serene Portland Japanese Garden. It rained that afternoon, so the garden was not crowded.
Saturday night wrapped up the meeting on a high note with the banquet and Bal Masque. There were beautiful and creative Regency-era fashions and costumes to admire everywhere.
During a lunch break some of us managed a quick side trip to the nearby Portland fiber arts district: the knitters visited Knit Purl while I checked out The Playful Needle next door, met Noodles the shop dog, and stocked up on Threadgatherer Silk N’Colours.
I did get a little stitching done on the train trip to Portland! Here’s a peek at the small Hardanger centerpiece I’m stitching on Dublin linen (25 count) with Caron Watercolours:
I finished the surface stitches today, so now it’s on to the pulled stitches and then the cutwork begins.