I've been spending a great deal of time with my camera and computer, composing PDF instruction sheets, and pairing these with videos, outlining various aspects of sprang. Yes, I've already published books and a DVD ... but it seems people want a human presence as they work their way through.
Bending to requests for on-line teaching, I've run a few pilot projects, teaching sprang on-line. To my great surprise, it seems to be successful. People are learning to manipulate threads by chatting with me over Zoom ... supported by videos and PDFs ... nevertheless, gaining confidence with the technique.
I used to teach knitting through a city recreation program. The beginning knitting class was always a six-week long course, meeting 2 hours per week. It has often occurred to me that sprang could/should be presented the same way. In the past I almost always traveled to a place to teach. The sponsoring organization would request that I compact the instruction into perhaps a 3-day course. I often saw that participants felt overwhelmed with the information. My pilot projects have offered instruction in that same once-a-week-for-several-weeks format ... to great success.
I am pleased to announce that I am gaining confidence in this presentation method. I will be offering a class that will meet on Thursday evenings, starting March 4, and running for 6 Thursdays. The materials fee will include an already-warped sprang frame ... as this is how I usually teach. We begin with the basic stitch (and not with warping). Yes, there will be a bit of cost to post that frame to you ... but not insurmountable.
If you are interested in this six-week introduction to sprang, go to http://www.spranglady.com/store/p86/Intro_to_Sprang_On-line
For those who have already attended a class, who feel they have the basics, but who want a bit of help to start exploring, I have something for you as well. Discussions with many former students have revealed an interest in a kind of on-going supported sprang challenge. My website now offers a 12-month subscription that gives you instructions on making a sample, and then, based on that sample, helps you calculate number of threads and length of initial warp, so that you can make a neckscarf, pair of fingerless mittens, or hat. Each month features a different "stitch" or sprang structure, complete with an instruction sheet and how-to video. ... and there are "bonuses" such as methods to reduce the size of the loops at the edges, instructions for false-circular warp, lace pattern writing, and more. And there will be a monthly Zoom meeting where we can chat. If this interests you, check out
1/23/2021 09:46:39 am
Very exciting news, Carol. I'll be sure to pass the word around about the intro workshop starting March 4, and am excited about the subscription.
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