Upcoming Teaching Dates

August 27, 2016: Presentation to Ventura County Handweavers & Spinners Guild, "Sprang: Contemporary Applications of an Ancient Technique".  And a possible workshop; stay tuned!  For more information visit venturaweavespin.com.

November 14, 2016: Presentation to Palomar Handweavers' Guild at AGSEM, "Sprang: Contemporary Applications of an Ancient Technique".  For more information visit palomarweavers.org.

May 4-7, 2017: Two-and-a-half day workshop at the Conference of Northern California Handweavers CNCH 2017, "The Unwoven Warp: Layering Sprang on Woven Cloth", on the beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove (near Monterey), California.  For more information visit cnch.org.

Sprang: Contemporary Applications of an Ancient Technique

Program/Lecture Presentation (60-90 minutes)

Sprang is a way of producing an elastic fabric that has been in the repertoire of makers in fiber for millennia. Deanna presents a lecture with slides, giving an overview of sprang, its structure and method of working, its prehistory and history as well as traditional uses, followed by a sampling of works by more recent and contemporary fiber artists working in sprang . The lecture will then turn to Deanna's own work, covering a progression of various ways to incorporate sprang with loom-weaving, and how she sets up and works the sprang on the loom.

Introduction to Sprang: Make a Sprang Pouch

Hands On Workshop (3-9 hours)

Sprang is a stretchy fabric formed by twisting only warp threads, which are fixed at both ends. Deanna leads a 1/2, 1 or 1-1/2 day hands-on workshop resulting in a small bag formed of sprang fabric. Participants will learn how to distinguish sprang from other structures, prepare a warp on a simple frame loom (included in the workshop materials fee), perform the basic single sprang stitch with the hands/fingers and with a hook, make a looped mid-line closure, and stitch up the edges to create a pouch. The class will also cover tips on making the fabric even and how to watch for, recognize and correct mistakes. Students will have the option to start a second project using a different stitch or different yarns as time permits.

The Unwoven Warp: Layering Sprang on Woven Cloth

Hands On Workshop (9-15 hours)

Learn to add sprang braided accents to your handwoven pieces by leaving some of the warp unwoven in select areas, using a modified twill structure that creates supplementary warps.  Prerequisite: students should have some familiarity with working sprang.  The workshop covers warping and tensioning the loom.  An 8-shaft loom is preferred, though it is possible to use a 4-shaft loom with pickup technique. This is a one and a half to two and a half day workshop.