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Festival du Voyageur 2009

Once again the Sashweaver attended the St Boniface, Winnipeg annual winter celebration, the Festival du Voyageur. The sash, an important article of clothing for the men who transported trade goods into and out of the Great White North in the days of the Fur Trade, the sash still holds significance to Canadians. Snow sculptures at… Read more »

More school pictures

More photos from that visit to a local school:

February Workshops

The Winnipeg Public Library requested a series of workshops for interested members of the public. The first one was held on Thursday, Feb 5. In two hours, participants mastered the basic technique, and learned to finish off with a fringe. The workshop will be repeated Saturday, Feb 7 and a third time on Saturday March… Read more »

Spring Travel

I will be attending the Society for Arts in Healthcare annual convention in Buffalo in late April. It occurs to me that the Great Lakes Region was a hotbed of fingerweaving two hundred years ago. I’m scouting out possibilities of visiting sashes in collections along the way. Already I’ve contacted the Royal Ontario in Toronto,… Read more »

School Visit

Bruce Middle School hosted me last week. I brought along my display of sashes to help explain the variety of patterns. Students then were given the opportunity to practice the basic method in fingerweaving, each creating for him/herself a ‘wrist sash’. students learning the basics of fingerweaving Photos thanks to the students of Bruce Middle… Read more »

The Two-in-One Project

The fingerweaving method tends to create a tangle of threads at the lower margins of the work. This is commonly called the ‘false weave’, and a person can spend many hours per sash periodically untangling this mass. Occasionaly people have said to me, “Too bad you can’t use that somehow.” I have spent some time… Read more »

January 2009

December was spent on a list of personal and family projects. I worked on some woven rugs I promised myself long ago. I am finishing a sweater I promised my husband a while back. And I dabbled in twining and tablet weaving. January 2009 has been jam-packed with activity. For those of you eager for… Read more »

Seamless weaving

I’ve been wanting to try something more than straight long pieces with this fingerweaving. To this end, I borrowed my daughter’s dressform, measured out lengths of wool, laid them over the shoulders and started weaving. Voilà the end result! A seamless garment! No shoulder seams, no sideseams. Next time, I’ll start with longer lengths so… Read more »