The North Shore Weavers and Prairie Weavers Guild near Chicago had invited me to visit and present sprang.
I gave two workshops while in Downers Grove, in the Chicago area.
On to Marion, Indiana, where I attended Mississinewa 1812. Sprang instruction was high on the bill.
Then on to Ohio, the Cuyahoga weavers invited me for a workshop.
Meantime, taking inspiration from a pair I saw last Summer, I set out to create sprang mittens.
The wrist was worked in interlinking. I doubled up the threads so the fabric would be narrower at the wrist. For the hand I switched to an interlacing technique. This means wider, a bit less elasticity, and a denser fabric. Listening to my daughter’s advice, I used a serger and a strip of woven tape to finish off.
The first pair (in green cotton) was too small. The second one, white, done in alpaca, was too large. The next one will be just right.
Just last week I was in northern Alberta. I taught fingerweaving in a couple of local schools, and presented a fingerweaving workshop for adults at the Fairview Arts Center. Check out the article reported in the Fairview Post:
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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