Here I am in Copenhagen, Denmark.
I’m here getting rid of jetlag before the Braids 2012 conference next week, and at the invitation of Katia Johansen, curator at the Danish National Museum, whom I met at the Textile Society of America Conference in 2010.
The view outside my window gives you a bit of an insight into the daily life here. Lots of bicycle traffic.
The whole point of my visit here is to view sprang articles in the collection of the Danish National Museum. Yesterday I went to their facilities just outside Copenhagen, located in an old textile factory.
I was priveleged with an up close and personal view of sprang sashes which belonged to Danish kings, as well as two of those sprang hairnets described by Margrethe Hald, dating as far back as the bronze age. Of note, singles (mind you very fine and very tightly spun) were used.
The Danish National Museum in downtown Copenhagen has some lovely hairnets as well. Exquisite! All done in fine, tightly spun singles!
I am thinking that if you spin very fine and very tight (greater than 45 degree angle of twist) and leave the spool to set for a year, the yarn will then have forgotten its need to kink up on you. The amount of twist added or subtracted in the sprang work will be insignificant in relation to the amount of twist in the thread.
At any rate, I’m seeing fine singles in these pieces.
I was invited to participate in Metis Day at Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene, Ontario.
I spent the day with my fingerweaving demonstration. I also introduced people to the interlinking method and sprang.
Around me there were many other very interesting displays, beadwork, leatherwork, rug hooking, moose hair tufting, porcupine quillwork, and live music and dancing.
Discovery Harbour Métis Day was a very pleasant event, certainly seems to deliver quite a lot for the $7 entry fee. Well worth the trip. I’m hoping to be invited to return again.
Glenna Dean had invited me to visit New Mexico after Convergence. I had a lovely time. We spend a couple of days dying wool in her studio. Some of the places we visited include the Ghost Ranch, Espinola Valley Fiber Arts Center, Village Wools in Albuquerque, and the Southwest Regional Spinners Retreat.
At the Retreat Glenna led a dying workshop.
I also took a workshop from Ric Rao on punch needle embroidery. I must find the time to explore this technique more, it’s quite fascinating.
I taught a workshop as well, on oblique interlace weaving. When not in workshops I sat at my sprang frame.
I had a lovely time in New Mexico, must figure out how to come back again sometime.