Touring the Sash

May 15 I visited with the Rochester Weavers. They have an amazing place in a strip mall.

Guild location in the mall

The home of the Rochester Weavers

Inside there is plenty of space for looms.

Rochester Weavers building

This photo shows maybe a quarter of the space in the mall location.

I gave my talk on sprang, and the making of the replica Braddock-Washington sash in their multipurpose room in the back.

My hostess was Denise Kovnat. Check out her blog at

Then on to the Textile History Conference at the museum in Clayton, NY.

Clayton Museum

The museum in Clayton

Sprang was on the list for a pre-conference workshop.

Clayton sprang workshop

Participants practiced on pre-warped frames

workshop yield

A piece produced by participants.

The presentations on Saturday were amazing, from sleuthing weavers by the evidence left in the cloth to Mongolian saddles. On Sunday I participated in the Round Robin by giving my talk on sprang and the replica sash.

Check out other accounts of this at and

Off to Minneapolis and the Textile Center there, to participate in their Tuesday Author event. Actually I hung around there almost all day, ‘spranging’ and talking with textile enthusiasts. Two gentlemen from Ft Snelling came, bringing me sprang sashes from the 1800s, very interesting.
In Cleveland on May 24, I spoke with the spinners who meet at the Orange Library. Check out the blog at and

On towards Columbus, and we drove past a building that looks exactly like a basket.

basket building

The Longaberger Basket Building

Near Columbus there is a great bead store, Gahanna Bead Studio.
A nice yarn store in Granville, Ohio is called WISP.
Next stop the Richmond Weavers, at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond, Virginia. We met at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond, well worth checking out. I met some amazing weavers and shared my presentation, my adventures in sprang and the making of the Washington-Braddock sash.

On to Alexandria where I spent a day at the Art League with Linda Hurt. Linda has a clever method for attaching her sprang to the frame.

Linda's sprang frame

Linda uses stretcher bars for her frame

Red velcro

This is her ‘secure hold – quick release’ method to attach the dowels.

She uses little velcro tabs she gets these at her local hardware store. I’ll have to check out my favorite store back home for these.

Tuesday evening, June 4, I presented my replica to the staff at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. A bit overwhelmed, I did not think to be taking pictures. A gentleman from their education department was there, however, and he interviewed me with a video camera. Check the website at George Washington’s Mount Vernon for information on the replica of the Washington – Braddock sash.

Once again, a Big Thank You to the Winnipeg Arts Council for supporting me in my exploration of sprang, making this all possible.

I have the feeling I can die happy, now, having contributed something nice, that will long outlive me. Everything after this is just pure extra.

Colonial Williamsburg has a collection of textiles, among them two sprang ‘pockets’. The curatorial staff has been kind enough to allow me a visit to these pockets, and close examination. I’m going to have to try to map out the patterns in these pockets, send a sample and diagram back to them.

The afternoon was spent in the space above the Colonial Williamsburg millinery shop, giving a workshop to milliners and tailors. Clearly these people work with their hands and pay close attention to structure. They were amazingly quick to pick up the sprang technique. Look for sprang coin purses next time you visit.

Before leaving Virginia, I had a very pleasant chat with thesojourningspinner. She posted a video taken at this time, me responding to the question, “Why do sprang?” Watch this on youtube at

Time now to go back home, and decompress from all this travel.


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