Many people asked for an all-in-one video. Carol now offers two videos, one on the subject of fingerweaving, and one on the subject of sprang. These can be live-streamed at the instructor co-op site taprootvideo.com. For those with slow internet, these videos are available as DVDs.
Introduction to Sprang with Carol James
A great video for beginners
containing lots of great information on subjects such as making your own frame, warping, the basic stitch, error identification and correction, several finishing techniques and much more.
Fingerweaving Instructions, DVD Handout
The printed patterns that accompany the instructions in the movie: 8-strand bracelet, diagonal stripe, vertical stripe, sawtooth, chevron, arrowhead, arrow-and-lightning, bulls eye. The movie tells you how to manipulate the threads, and how to use the patterns.
Fingerweaving Instructions the DVD
Learn to fingerweave. The basic method explained, as well as multiple patterns: diagonal stripe, vertical stripe, lightning, chevron and more. No textile experience necessary.
This item will be shipped after Jan 31 2020.
Contents: Beginner method 8-strand friendship bracelet setup, manipulation, and fringe twisting, More efficient method for setup for larger number of threads and more efficient finger method. Patterns include diagonal stripe, vertical stripe, sawtooth, chevron, reverse chevron, arrowhead, arrow-and-lightning, bulls eye. Also included is a section on checking your work, identifying irregularities, how to correct, and how to avoid mistakes in the first place.
Wow, I have tried Sprang before, but this video clarifies a few key bits that I did not understand. I had to stop the video and digest a bit. I am ready to move on and give it another try.
April 14, 2020 A review of the DVD Introduction to Sprang
This was an excellent refresher after taking Carol's class 9 months ago! Carol has a way of describing and demonstrating actions clearly and precisely. She uses appropriate materials for demonstration so beginning learners can easily see what's going on. Carol obviously listens to her students and has incorporated many tips that she picked up along the way to make things easier. Thanks for this excellent video, Carol!
I've watched the DVD the entire way through several times, just absorbing the process and watching your hand movements. I am a visual learner, and although I have a copy of your book Fingerweaving Untangled, I just couldn't make progress because I couldn't figure out the best hand movements to make, or how to set up the warp. Once I watch a maker working with fiber, then I can interpret written words more easily. Now that I've seen your DVD, I feel very confident I can begin to make progress and be more successful with each pattern I try.
Dec 22, 2019.
"This video answered a lot of questions I had. It was very easy to understand. I have been trying to do the arrow pattern for a long time, I have books, watched other videos the visuals just weren’t where I could understand. I watched this video and now I get it. Carol James starts you out small and progresses to the next level. You ll be able to do each of the patterns she has shown. Thank you Carol James I love this video it was worth the wait."
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Getting started in Fingerweaving!
Videos to get started in Sprang!
Interviews with Carol
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Sprang & the Braddock SashA talk, given by Carol James, on June 4, 2013, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, on the occasion of the donation of a replica sash.
An interview by the local French speaking newspaper, LaLiberté, as Carol created the replica of the Braddock sash for George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Shows moving the shed all the way around a large circular warp.