February Travels 2018
My first stop was Whitethorn, California, the site of Aunt Janet's Weaving School and the Redwood Coast Arts and Crafts Center. Since my visit last year, Janet has concocted a sprang frame, and has done some pretty amazing work. Nice hammock, Janet!
Tracy and Janet had arranged that I speak to the Eureka Handweavers, and then teach a class at the Eureka Fabric Store.
On to Aptos, where I spent time with Barbara, Yonat, and Ruth. We explored sandal twining, as described by Martha Stanley, in her publication from 2006.
Barbara and Ruth explored patterns in S & Z sprang, and helped me to improve my teaching materials on the subject.
On to Eugene, Oregon. On Monday I was the featured speaker for a meeting of the Eugene Handweavers. Their meetings take place at the Eugene Textile Center.
Then on to Grand Island, Nebraska, where I taught an intro to sprang class to a lovely group of ladies. Many thanks to Judy, Anne, and Peggy for making this happen.
and now that I am back home, I received word of an article for the Eugene Weavers Guild newsletter Thrums. In the March 2018 issue there is an article summing up the 'program' for the February meeting:
Carol James, finger weaver and sprang artist, presented an amazing program on the ancient craft of making cloth with the technique called SPRANG. She demonstrated how yarn wrapped on a frame can be transformed into a functional and decorative fabric that springs open to reveal intricate patterns. Bronze Age bonnets, Coptic caps and carrying bags, military sashes, and ancient or Medieval harlequin patterned pants were part of the historical trail of sprang textiles. Carol also modeled stoles, capes, and a fashionable top of that miraculous cloth. The program was followed by a mini-workshop on 'finger braiding' sponsored by the LCC Education Fund, and an ETC Sprang workshop. Sprang instructions are available in her books, her DVD, and excellent YouTube videos. (see spranglady.com) Carol's program represented years of patient research and endless hours at her Sprang loom to become The Sprang Lady. It was an entertaining and very educational program.
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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