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Sash Progress

My sash replica project is progressing. A stick holding the cloth spread out goes a long way to prevent errors and it also has made it easier to push each row around for the mirror-image row. I am amazed at the ‘hand’ of the cloth I’m producing. It is soft and luxurious. I’m going to… Read more »

Festival Weaving

The annual Winnipeg winter celebration, Festival du Voyageur is in full swing. Again this year Manitoba weavers are present, contributing to the history component of the festival. We’re weaving tea towels this year. Several weavers have taken their place at the loom. The fingerweavers were also there. As far as that sprang sash, the Braddock… Read more »

Sprang warp equality

Circular warp sprang requires a very even warp. Slight variations in tension while setting up results in slight differences in length. This warp is 15 ft long, and took almost six hours to set up. Slight variations occurred. We did take a couple of breaks for tea. I also noted weaknesses in the yarn, and… Read more »

Spranging the sash

I’ve begun work on that replica sash. The first row was very slow, took over an hour. Then there was the challenge to move the work around the frame and back to the starting place. Note that stepladder beside me. I thought the warp had been set up with even tension throughout. Think again! Guess… Read more »

Warping the sash

Warping Day. The silk is now the right color, or as close as I can get. Still tied in sections to prevent tangling in the dyepot, I’m leaving those ties to try to avoid troubles un-reeling. Here you see the sprang frame. It consists of two 2x4s, one on the floor, and one on the… Read more »

Dying to make a sash

According to Dominique Cardon, a common recipe for red in the 1700s was to dye first with madder, and then overdye with cochineal. Cochineal gives a luscious color but was quite expensive. Using this recipe, very little cochineal is needed. I used this recipe to dye the silk for the sash, hoping for a color… Read more »

The Braddock Sash Project

Remember that sash I was privileged to view at George Washington’s Mount Vernon last September? Well, thanks to funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council, and the superbe cooperation of the Mount Vernon curatorial staff, and silk from Treenway’s, I’m ready to get started on a replica. The first step is to dye the silk to… Read more »

Cleveland Tunic Project

Last October I had the opportunity to visit the Cleveland Art Museum. They were just about to open an exhibit of ancient Andes Wari art. My weaver friends urged me to enter a proposal for the Tunic Project. Now, according to Mary Frame, sprang was known to pre-Columbian people in what is now Bolivia. I… Read more »