The Duluth Fiber and Handcrafter’s Guild partners with the Duluth Art Institute to offer fiber-related classes on a variety of topics. These classes are open to the public.
There’s something magic about spinning: the spinner takes a handful of loose fibers and –abracadabra! – out comes yarn. A wheel is usually involved but beyond that making yarn seems like one of those processes that’s outside many people’s understanding. In this workshop, we’ll provide students with a spindle, lots of wool fiber (alpaca or a rayon for people with allergies), and instruction on how to spindle spin. You’ll be spinning yarn within a half hour of coming through the door — no magic, just pure fun!
$35/member $40/non-member *$6 materials fee paid to the instructor min. 5, max. 10
To register visit: https://www.duluthartinstitute.org/event-3611358
Sprang is an ancient twining technique which predates knitting, although museum pieces using sprang are often mislabeled as knitted. The word sprang comes to us from Sweden, but sprang was practiced not only in northern Europe but in Mediterranean Africa, east Asia, and pre-Columbian America. You are have probably seen sprang used in hammocks and string bags but never really paid attention to the technique (I remember being totally baffled when I tried to figure out how exactly my string hammock was made!). But sprang can be used for much more than just those basics!
We are extremely fortunate to be hosting Carol James this February, who has taught sprang the world over and has literally written the book on sprang! Besides having a wealth of information on the subject, she’s also a whole lot of fun—many of you might remember her from the Milwaukee Convergence where she delighted the audience with her sprang talk. She’s even designed a formal gown entirely made of sprang!
For more information on Carol, check out her website: www.spranglady.com. She also has YouTube videos about the most famous piece of sprang in the US: a revolutionary war sash that was given to George Washington after it was used as a stretcher to carry General Braddock, gravely injured, from the battlefield.