Archive for September, 2011

Sprang Unsprung a best seller

September 23, 2011

The numbers are in for another week at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Sprang Unsprung is the bestseller in the non-fiction category for Manitoba Authors, for two weeks running now.
Thanks to all my friends who’ve gone out and bought copies.

Sprang Unsprung cover

Sprang Unsprung front cover

A friend of mine captured the ‘sprang dance’ from be book launch on her camera. I’m hoping to figure out how to post it. The launch was lovely.
In other news, I am pleased to be part of a collaborative work. The Alliance Francaise here in Winnipeg, along with the Maison des Artistes brought together a traditional embroiderer from Brittany, Pascal Jaouen, and a visual artist Collette Balcaen to collaborate on a M├ętis theme. The exihibit opening is this week. My contribution to the display was a fingerwoven belt, made using a very fine silk thread.

Jaouen's metis costumeJaouen’s metis costume


silk belt

silk fingerwoven belt up close




Sprang Military sash

September 13, 2011

A re-enactor friend, artillery enthusiast, wanted a silk officer’s sash. He challenged me to create a cannon design. I drew up a cannon and mapped it out on graph paper. Have a look at the results.

Cannon design

Cannon Design in progress

Cannon design

Cannon design and patterns

Booklaunch for Sprang Unsprung

September 12, 2011

Monday September 12 at McNally Robinson Booksellers

McNally Robinson Booksellers

Event advertising for the launch of Sprang Unsprung

The Bart House Band provided the music

Bart House Band

Bart House Band musicians

They also accompanied the ‘Sprang Dance.
The event finished with book signing.


Book signing at the launch of Sprang Unsprung

Thanks so much to Chris Black for his excellent photography skills, some more photos.

in attendance at the booklaunch

The audience at the booklaunch

Booklaunch protocol is that the author does some speechifying. An activity seemed more appropriate.

the sprang dance
So I instructed the crowd on the sprang dance.
dance results

sprang dance results

Book signing

book signing at McNally Robinson booklaunch for Sprang Unsprung

successful launch

all told it was a successful booklaunch