I was invited to teach sash-weaving techniques in The Pas.
Sharain Jones from the Sam Waller Museum received funding from the Moffat Family for arts programming, and invited me to come.
I gave a workshop at the Sam Waller Museum last night, and at the Scott Bateman Middle School today. The world now has over 100 new weavers here in ThePas, Manitoba.
Attended the University of Winnipeg’s Centre for Rupertsland Studies, presenting a paper on sprang. Met some amazing researchers, learned lots more about the Fur Trade.
All that sitting and demonstrating, I made several sprang purses.
I’ve also been working on another silk military sash.
Starting with a 13 ft warp, I now have an 11 ft sash. Two feet of ‘shrink’ on this one.
I’ve heard of pieces of sprang cloth that start out as warp set between two pieces of tablet weaving, and wanted to try it myself. I started two pieces of tablet weaving and then solicited help from a friend. We sat at my table and each of us worked on one of the bits of tablet weaving. As we worked we passes another weft, a plum-colored silk, back and forth across the five-and-a-half feet that separated us.
Keeping the tension even on the plum colored warp was a bit of a trick. We tried several things. What seemed to work best was a combination of supporting the threads in the middle, and attaching a rod (knitting needle) on the outside edge of the tablet weaving to hold the plum colored threads evenly.
Here’s the tablet weaving up close:
The tablet weaving completed, I hung it on my sprang frame and ‘spranged’ it. Yes, it was a bit of a reach at first. I worked each row in sections, and used a long dowel to hold each row. Each row was then shifted down towards the lower tablet-woven band.
Now I’ll have to get someone to photograph me in my new sprang shirt!