Archive for February, 2011

Festival du Voyageur 2011

February 22, 2011

It’s that time of year again.
I can be found with my SashWeaving in the Souvenir tent, alongside the Habitat for Humanity run Official Souvenir desk.
The thing I love about Festival is seeing all the sashes. Every year it gets better. People are making their own, and wearing them.

Traute's sash

Traute's sash

This woman took a one-hour workshop from me at the public library, and look what she did!
This gentleman and his wife purchased my book Fingerweaving Untangled. This year he’s sporting a chevron belt, and she’s made little coat toggles.

T-Bay weaver and sash

Proud weaver sporting his sash

And a Big Thank You to those who helped me at the booth.

Claudette weaving

Thanks to Claudette and others who've helped out


Richard helping out

Richard helping out

And I have to show you pictures of the snow sculptures:

Carving of snow sculptures

Carving snow sculptures at Festival du Voyageur 2011


exploring sprang

February 10, 2011

These last few months I’ve been busy exploring sprang. I went through Peter Collingwood’s book, trying several of the patterns. Here’s a ‘sampler’ I made, using a dozen:

Sprang Sampler

twelve different patterns Photo by Robert Barrow


I also explored a 3-D piece, using jute around a wire frame.

3-D weaving

Woven from the crown of the head downward Photo by Robert Barrow

Still working on that how-to book on sprang. Re-organized a whole whack of it, trying to avoid repeat information.
I’ve learned to distinguish between the textile structures such as interlinking, interlacing, intertwining, and the method of working, free-end or sprang. It seems that interlinking, for example can be worked with loose ends of threads, ‘free end braiding’ or you can work on a figure-8 type warp, or simple attach the loose ends. When you attach the ends, and ‘trap’ the ‘false weave’ it fills the definition of ‘sprang’.
More recently I’m very busy giving workshops in grade schools and high schools. It’s Winter Festival season. Local ethnic groups such as the Métis are highlighted, and I’m invited to teach weaving techniques associated with Métis culture.
Feb 18 to 27 I’ll be at the Festival du Voyageur pretty much full time.