Spring Sprang Workshops

Winter is getting to be rather long here in Winnipeg. The snow is up to my waist. It’s been difficult to keep up with the shovelling, and then the snowplows pass by and completely block off access to the street.

You have to remove the leavings from the snow plow, those snow rocks quickly, lest they solidify.

You have to remove the leavings from the snow plow quickly, lest they solidify.

Yes, it’s time to go South.¬†Weather in New Mexico was very mild by Manitoba standards.

Enjoying the Sandia Mountains in a light jacket.

Enjoying the Sandia Mountains in a light jacket.

Luckily I had been invited to teach at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center in New Mexico. The group there was keen, and learned fast. We covered flat warps as well as circular warps. Glenna Dean of Abiquiu Dye Studios helped me special dye some yarn for multi-colored circular warps, and participants learned how to make some fancy patterns.

 

Fancy patterns in sprang

Fancy patterns in sprang

Then on to Albuquerque and the Las Aranas Weavers and Spinners. I gave my powerpoint talk on sprang to the guild meeting, and then presented three days of workshop on sprang.

Class was held in the back of the Village Wool yarn store.

Class was held in the back of the Village Wool yarn store.

It must be something in the New Mexico water. Everyone did well. Some even started exploring ‘S’ and ‘Z’ patterns, interlacing and intertwining.

Bravo to the intrepid!

Bravo to the intrepid!

Many thanks to the folks at Village Wool (fiber addiction specialists), to Chris Allen and Ruth Ronan and Extra special thanks to Glenna Dean.

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