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Intermediate Sprang


  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC Canada (map)
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With Carol James

$395 [Includes $25 lab fee] class limit 10. Apr 17, 18, 19 (Fri, Sat, Sun 10am - 4pm)

For those who want to take sprang to the next level—explore with an expert. Learn to set up and work a circular warp. Find out the easy way to make holes on purpose, and how to place them to form designs and lace patterns. Use the lean of the stitch and coloured thread to create patterns. Discover shaping methods to form garments such as mittens, vests, and socks. You will learn how to read and write patterns and gain a better understanding of sprang structure. In this workshop students will receive guidance to create their own designs.

This is a chance to work closely with a seasoned expert who has studied museum collections and ancient pieces. Carol can provide the inspiration and technical assistance to give your sprang pizzazz!

Students need to have prior experience or have taken the introductory class, and  will need to bring  a sprang frame (included in the introductory class) or order one after registration (approximately $45).

Carol joins us from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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About Carol James

Carol James has been exploring sprang and other low-tech, easily transportable textile methods for the past 30 years. She has examined sprang items in collections across North American and Europe. Collaborating with researchers on experimental archaeology projects, she has written patterns and made samples to better understand items including sprang bonnets, shirts, sashes, and leggings. She has made replicas for clients such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the German Archaeological Institute, the Canadian History Museum, the Arizona State Museum, and the Norwegian Army Museum.

She has also made modern wearables, which have more than once graced the stage at the Handweavers Guild of America’s Convergence Fashion Show. Her students describe her as gentle, patient, extremely knowledgeable, and passionate. She has taught in Canada, the United States, Europe, and New Zealand, including at conferences such as HGA’s Convergence; ANWG; Intermountain Weavers in Durango, Colorado; Fibre Week in Olds, Alberta; and The Braid Society Conferences, as well as for diverse local guilds. She is the author of numerous articles and three books: Fingerweaving Untangled, Sprang Unsprung, and Sprang Lace Patterns. Most recently she has created two DVDs.

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