Spring in the SouthWest

Back in Winnipeg the snow is melting slowly. Easter Monday I saw movement on the Red River for the first time this year. On my daily walk across the bridge I was mesmerised by the rapid movement of the ice, had to run home to fetch my camera.

Ice flow on the Red River

Ice flow on the Red River

I was busy preparing warps for my sprang class.

 

Special dyed warps for my classes, hanging out to dry. Note the snow on the ground in my back yard.

Special dyed warps hanging out to dry. Note the snow on the ground in my back yard.

Two days later I was in Tucson, Arizona.

Cacti at the entrance to the Tucson airport

Cacti at the entrance to the Tucson airport

I participated in the Arizona weavers guild event Fibers Through Time. It was a lovely event, lots of eager textile people to meet. They invited members to bring items they had made to put on display in their ‘gallery’. Wow, was that every a treat to see such high quality work! I taught a 3-day class on sprang. Read about it in the news on their website

www.thsg.org

http://www.thsg.org/archives/8744

While in Tucson I visited the Arizona State Museum, and that famous sprang shirt. You can see a photo of the shirt at

http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/coll/photographic/tonto_shirt.shtml

Expert cotton spinner Joan Ruane accompanied me, and was I ever glad to have her along, helping me to better understand this amazing textile. And another big thanks to Joan for taking me in.

Joan lent me some cotton thread. I made up a sample, and Joan returned to the museum to photograph it with the original.

Joan lent me some cotton thread. I made up a sample, and Joan returned to the museum to photograph the sample with the original.

On to Denver, where I examined sashes in the collection of the Denver Art Museum. It seems that a curator in the 1900s was very interested in these items, and they sure have a lovely collection. I found examples of sashes with interlinking, oblique interlace, arrow-and-lightning, as well as 3-3 interlace structures.

The yarn store called The Recycled Lamb hosted me for a sprang class. This is definitely a place to visit if you’re in the Denver area, and have any interest in fibers. They have a wide selection of yarns and ‘paraphernalia’ and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly.

The sprang class seems to have been a success. Participants completed their initial project and launched into a second one. Check the store’s website for photos of the class. There seems to be interest for a ‘sprang study group’ that just might start up meeting regularly at The Recycled Lamb.

Now on to New Mexico. I’m teaching at the Espinola Valley Fiber Arts Center.

 

 

 

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