I traveled across the Canadian Prairies last week, to get to Olds, Alberta. You can see the Canadian Rockies at the edge of the prairie, in the very center of this photo.
Olds College hosts Fibre Week every year. They have a Master Spinner and a Master Weaver program. I went to teach classes in finger weaving and sprang.
The classroom they assigned to me had hooks all around the room ... perfect for fingerweaving. The students were lovely. They all came to find a technique that works for them.
Some students got as far as chevron and arrowhead. Well done!
I then taught a one-day sprang class. Students had a go at the basic stitch, as well as set up and some finishing techniques.
The pieces made in these classes are not always much to look at, do not do justice to the amount of learning that has happened. They are like the first pieces in a beginning knitting class. No one judges knitting by the projects completed in a beginning knitting class. That's what these pieces are, the very beginning of sprang and finger weaving.
Congratulations to my students. You all did very well. It was a pleasure to share these techniques with you.
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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