Drove to Edmonton last week to give fingerweaving workshops for the folks of Fort Edmonton as well as St. Albert.
Such eager and apt students! It was a pleasure to see people learn so quickly. We started out with the ‘make a friendship bracelet’ project.
They quickly proceeded to other patterns, more threads:
The next step was mastering the ‘advanced technique’. This is done working on the ‘diagonal stripe’ pattern.
The room provided by Ft Edmonton had the perfect setup, a lovely coatrack along one wall.
Before noon, the folks from St Albert had mastered the technique, and produced the beginnings of a diagonal stripe leg tie.
The next day we worked on patterns, changing weft within a row for vertical stripe and sawtooth, working from center to outer edge for the chevron.
Again, such a pleasure to work with keen students.
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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