Spring in the SouthWest
Back in Winnipeg the snow is melting slowly. Easter Monday I saw movement on the Red River for the first time this year. On my daily walk across the bridge I was mesmerised by the rapid movement of the ice, had to run home to fetch my camera.
I was busy preparing warps for my sprang class.
Two days later I was in Tucson, Arizona.
I participated in the Arizona weavers guild event Fibers Through Time. It was a lovely event, lots of eager textile people to meet. They invited members to bring items they had made to put on display in their ‘gallery’. Wow, was that every a treat to see such high quality work! I taught a 3-day class on sprang.
While in Tucson I visited the Arizona State Museum, and a famous cotton sprang shirt.
Expert cotton spinner Joan Ruane accompanied me, and was I ever glad to have her along, helping me to better understand this amazing textile. And another big thanks to Joan for taking me in.
On to Denver, where I examined sashes in the collection of the Denver Art Museum. It seems that a curator in the 1900s was very interested in these items, and they sure have a lovely collection. I found examples of sashes with interlinking, oblique interlace, arrow-and-lightning, as well as 3-3 interlace structures.
The yarn store called The Recycled Lamb hosted me for a sprang class. This is definitely a place to visit if you’re in the Denver area, and have any interest in fibers. They have a wide selection of yarns and ‘paraphernalia’ and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly.
The sprang class seems to have been a success. Participants completed their initial project and launched into a second one. Check the store’s website for photos of the class. There seems to be interest for a ‘sprang study group’ that just might start up meeting regularly at The Recycled Lamb.
Now on to New Mexico. I’m teaching at the Espinola Valley Fiber Arts Center.
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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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