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
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
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
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.