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October travels 2012

The North Shore Weavers and Prairie Weavers Guild near Chicago had invited me to visit and present sprang. I gave two workshops while in Downers Grove, in the Chicago area. On to Marion, Indiana, where I attended Mississinewa 1812. Sprang instruction was high on the bill. Then on to Ohio, the Cuyahoga weavers invited me… Read more »

Washington, DC

I attended the Textile Society of America Symposium Sept 19-22 in Washington, DC. The title was ‘Textiles and Politics’. Papers were presented on all manner of topics, textile work and the economy, textile work in emerging economies, dyestuffs, self-expression. My paper was on the subject of sprang and military sashes. I met textile experts from… Read more »

European travels

I’ve been trying to keep up with my weaving while travelling. Luckily fingerweaving can go anywhere. Here I took a photo of myself working in my hotel room in Basel, Switzerland. I was in Basel, Switzerland in order to visit the AbeggStiftung. One of the curators showed me around and let me examine a mid-asian… Read more »

Braids 2012

Manchester UK was the site of the 2nd International Braiding Conference. It was an amazing opportunity to meet top experts from a variety of braiding techniques. I attended Joy Boutrup’s class on loop manipulated braids, and made several myself. Simple braids can be made by one person. We learned how to work together making even… Read more »


Here I am in Copenhagen, Denmark. I’m here getting rid of jetlag before the Braids 2012 conference next week, and at the invitation of Katia Johansen, curator at the Danish National Museum, whom I met at the Textile Society of America Conference in 2010. The view outside my window gives you a bit of an… Read more »

Métis Day at Discovery Harbour

I was invited to participate in Metis Day at Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene, Ontario. I spent the day with my fingerweaving demonstration. I also introduced people to the interlinking method and sprang. Around me there were many other very interesting displays, beadwork, leatherwork, rug hooking, moose hair tufting, porcupine quillwork, and live music and dancing…. Read more »

New Mexico visit

Glenna Dean had invited me to visit New Mexico after Convergence. I had a lovely time. We spend a couple of days dying wool in her studio. Some of the places we visited include the Ghost Ranch, Espinola Valley Fiber Arts Center, Village Wools in Albuquerque, and the Southwest Regional Spinners Retreat. At the Retreat… Read more »

Silk Sprang Sash as a Litter

I made a silk sprang sash earlier this year for a military re-enactor. Officer of higher ranks had sashes were made of silk, a very strong fiber. Now there are stories out there about people being carried on sashes. It seems that a person injured on the field could be carried back to camp on the… Read more »