Heritage Weaving Project 2009

Work is progressing on that replica of Elzéar Goulet’s sash. After matching up the colors in January, respinning the yarn all February, I started weaving in March. Elzéar’s sash was very loosely woven, only 6 wefts per inch in a very fine wool. My theory was that this could be produced using the false weave,… Read more »

March 09

How to describe what I’ve been doing. I’m working on a woven dress. I started out with a set of threads laid across the shoulder of a dressform, and wove them several rows.   I then removed the sticks, and wove towards the back of the dress form. Now I started on the other shoulder,… Read more »

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 »

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 »