Sunday, November 17, 2013

Springy sprang from hemp cord

Working with hemp again: my concept is maybe a shopping/produce bag.  But hemp has so much body to it, the rows don't really pack down evenly so it makes a very springy sprang.  When I worked with this fiber before, I liked the product after it had been boiled to soften it, so I'm hoping that will help this one behave too.
Here's the setup I am using for this sprang bag.  I wanted as long a warp as I could manage on this frame.  The warp goes up over the top PVC pipe and down to the holding stick.  When I complete a row of sprang, I am transferring the twist up over the pipe and down the the other end of the warp.

The stop-cord sticks (held together with rubber bands so they don't slip out) aren't really crooked.  That's just the energy of the twisted hemp causing the whole fabric to twist.

I will be demonstrating sprang technique on this setup next Saturday and Sunday November 23 & 24, at the Designing Weavers Exhibit and Holiday Sale.

Two of my wall pieces will be on exhibit, and several of my bags and Flutter-by scarves will be for sale, along with lots of other beautiful creations by this group of fiber artists.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Flutter-by scarves - Designing Weavers Exhibit & Sale

Here's one of my "flutter-by" scarves posing pretty for another picture.  I've made a few more of these - they're pretty fun!

I'm pleased to announce that this past summer I was accepted into Designing Weavers, a juried fiber guild.  This group of talented weavers and fiber artists holds a sale and exhibit in the fall.  I will have a few things for sale including some of these scarves, along with some of my wall pieces on exhibit.  I'll also be demonstrating sprang technique.

Below is the postcard for the show.  It will be held the Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving, Nov 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the Women's Club of Sierra Madre, 550 West Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, California.