Category: SashWeaver Wanderings

Travels, October 2015

October 2014 was spent in European travels. The impetus for the trip was the invitation to present information on sprang at the Early Textile Study Group conference in London. The topic for this year’s conference was Peter Collingwood. Dagmar Drinkler agreed to present her research on the subject of ‘tight fitting clothing in antiquity’, and… Read more »

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. I was busy preparing warps for my… Read more »

Belgian spring

My flight to Belgium stopped over in Montreal. They were having a snowstorm, and I worried that the plane would not be able to take off. Not to worry, we arrived on time in Brussels. I taught two sprang workshops in Sint-Job-in-‘t-Goor.┬áSome of the participants had taken my finger weaving workshop last fall. They brought… Read more »

more November travels

Munich is the home of Dagmar Drinkler, that famous sprang artist, who has sparked the discussion on tight fitting clothing from antiquity, probably sprang. I had the pleasure of speaking with her again this past November. Thanks, Dagmar, for taking the time.   On to the Textile Museum in Krefeld. They have an amazing collection… Read more »

France and the Netherlands

Back in Lyon, staying with my friend, I tried to keep up with my daily walk. There are the remains of a Roman amphitheatre near her house. In my spare time I’ve been working on writing out patterns for some of the hundreds of sprang lace motifs that I saw in Brussels. I taught a… Read more »

FingerWeaving Class in Sint-Job-In-‘t-Goor

Very near Antwerp is the village of Sint-Job-In-‘t-Goor. That’s where I held a class in finger weaving recently. The organiser provided these wooden stands, clamped to the table top to hold the samples. The students were eager, and explored diverse motifs. At the end of the day some of the students had samples of both… Read more »