October travels 2012

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.

Downers Grove results

Some results of the Downers Grove workshop.

Downers Grove bag2

Beginners succeeded at finishing a cell phone bag.

On to Marion, Indiana, where I attended Mississinewa 1812. Sprang instruction was high on the bill.

Sprang instruction

Sharing the finer details of sprang work with a fellow participant.

Then on to Ohio, the Cuyahoga weavers invited me for a workshop.

Sprang in the living room

A group in Ohio invited me back for a second year of sprang help.

vertical stripes

Participants began to play with color, vertical stripes.

diamonds, Ohio

Some also explored diamond patterns in S and Z twist

Meantime, taking inspiration from a pair I saw last Summer, I set out to create sprang mittens.

sprang mitten construction

Mittens started out as a figure-8 warp, two mittens made at the same time.

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.┬áListening to my daughter’s advice, I used a serger and a strip of woven tape to finish off.

mitten, 2 sizes

It’s a bit of a Goldilocks thing.

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:

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