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Introduction to Sprang


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

$325 [Includes $70 lab fee] class limit 10. Apr 15, 16 (Wed-Thu 10am - 4pm)

We begin on a pre-warped frame with the basic stitch and learn to create a very elastic cloth. The focus is on the “stitch,” how to use your fingers to manipulate the threads, how to identify and correct “irregularities,” how to avoid mistakes, and how to deliberately introduce irregularities as design elements. Explore some finishing methods as you transform the first piece into a small bag or hat. Once you have completed the first piece, learn to set up a new “sprang” from scratch. Discover ways to make coloured stripes and vertical and diagonal lines, and make a pair of fingerless gloves. 

All you need is clear eyesight and good use of your fingers.

Lab fee includes a sprang frame.

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.

Earlier Event: April 14
Indigo Dye Nights
Later Event: April 17
The Garden Dyepot