I've taken the plunge, and gone to on-line teaching. Running a couple of pilot classes, I am stunned to report that the on-line classes seem to be going very well. The woman who said she'd be my problem child is busy sprang-ing away.
I used to teach knitting for the municipal adult-education program. The introduction to knitting class was always six weeks long, meeting 2 hours at a time, once a week. I have long thought that people would do well learning sprang according to such a schedule. Because of COVID, this is now possible.
As I say, I've been running a couple of pilot projects with great success. This has led me to now offer a class, open to members of the public who are willing to pay the tuition of $200, plus shipping for the materials. For that price you receive an already-warped sprang frame, a copy of my book Sprang Unsprung, a copy of my DVD Introduction to Sprang, and an assortment of other bits and pieces, shed sticks, rubber bands, beads, spring clips, which you might find useful as the class goes on.
We cover a wide set of possibilities during the six weeks of class, covering flat warp, circular warp, and several finishing methods.
People who have taken my 3-day intensive workshops, and who have also been observers in my six-week pilot classes highly recommend the six-week on-line class. Having that time to practice between classes allows the information to sink in. I have the sense that the six-week class gives people the support they need to get comfortable with the technique, to the point that you can become creative with it.
My goal is to make sprang as commonly known as knitting and crochet.
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Carol acknowledges that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. Carol also acknowledges that sprang is part of many indigenous traditions and found in various forms all over the world. Let us re-discover this technique together.
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