Archive for August, 2011

Sprang Unsprung, review

August 31, 2011

Reviews are beginning to come in from readers of Sprang Unsprung.
Of course friends are supportive. I’ve been holding my breath for comments from someone who has minimal weaving experience. Such a review came today from Helen:

I found it very easy to read, very clear, and very simply written. That being said, it carried an immense amount of information. Really, that is the perfect balance.

I followed along some of the activities. As I am not a weaver, I found having so many loose ends hard to just have active. All my issue, not yours. :). The instructions are just right for someone who has a basic knowledge of fibre arts in general who is looking to expand. It is a beautifully accessible book. Well done!

Take care,



August 28, 2011

My husband needed to go for a bit of a road trip, get out of town. We drove west, to Batosch, Saskatchewan.

Carol at Batoche church

Carol at Batoche

Batoche visitor center

Carol at visitor's center, Batoche

I was thrilled to hear that personnel there had learned to fingerweave from my book. They had several examples of work done by employees as well as visitors.

fingerweaving at Batoche

fingerwoven samples

They are working towards leg ties for the interpreters, and eventually sashes.
The Saskatchewan prairie is beautiful

Saskatchewan in August

Saskatchewan in August

My husband said I had to include a photo of me as a passenger in the car. It was a ten hour drive. He can’t expect me to just sit there.

weaving in the car

Weaving away the hours in the car

I attach my weaving to the visor, and tension it under my feet.

Fan page

August 28, 2011

I now have a facebook Fan Page
Whoo hoo!
Jennifer has so kindly sat with me and helped me figure this out!

Sprang is Here

August 17, 2011

The delivery man from Friesens Printing phoned this morning. My books were ready for delivery!

Sprang arrived in boxes

Boxes of books, Sprang Unsprung

Luckily I had help to assist in moving 2000 books from the truck to my living room.

Book Delivery

Delivery of boxes of books

This afternoon I’ll be busy taking packages to the post office, all you who pre-ordered!
Keeping my fingers crossed that you’ll like what you see in Sprang Unsprung.

I should add some photos from my adventures in Grand Portage, Minnesota. We were greeted by a rainbow as we set up camp.

setting up camp under the rainbow

Setting up camp under the rainbow

I was impressed by the number of people wearing fingerwoven sashes. Michelle Delorme was proud to show me the sash made by her Qu├ębec mentor.

Michelle Delorme

Michelle and her mentor's sash

I always learn new things. Another participant showed me her method for securing the weaving while riding in a car. She uses a pillow.

pillow anchored weaving

She secures her weaving to a pillow

Her weaving was very nice and tight. Kudos.

Amazing stories of how sashes call out to people to become weavers. And they have been able to create amazing pieces.

Rose StPierre

Beautiful beaded arrow sash

She told me the story of the first time she saw a fingerwoven sash, how it moved her, how fingerweaving has helped her re-connect with her French Quebecois heritage.

There were lots of other activities, lacross and twoball

games at Grand Portage

Games at Grand Portage

The setting was really beautiful. I did take an evening to do a bit of hiking. The view was spectacular.

Aerial view of Grand Portage

view of the Grand Portage National Monument from the top of the nearby hiking trail.

Back home, back at work, I’ve set to re-creating those little coin purses, such as the one found among Lord Nelsons things, and featured on the front cover of the book by Martyn Downer:

sprang coin purse

sprang coin purse

And for the ladies, pockets. This one is based on an image I found on-line from the Williamsburg site.

silk pocket

Silk sprang pocket


Fargo Fiber Festival

August 10, 2011

The Rheault Farm in Fargo was the site of the Fargo Fiber Festival. Amazing demonstrations of diverse fiber techniques, spinning, knitting, quilting, embroidery, stumpwork, tatting, felting, kumihimo, basketry, on and on. I brought my fingerweaving and sprang.

Fargo Fiber Festival

Demo at the Fargo Fiber Festival

Quilt tent

Quilt tent at the Fargo Fiber Festival

A great idea for using up all those extra quilt tops.
I’ve set up another pair of sprang socks. This time I want the socks to be long enough to be ‘knee socks’. Here is my inkle loom where I set up the warp.
Sock warp

Extra long warp for a pair of knee socks

I wove the feet all in one evening. More as the socks progress.