Please note that many events, including For Member by Member Workshops and DFHG Meetings and are a benefit of Membership in the guild. Member’s only events are tagged with the category DFHG Member’s Event.
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.
Not sure if you like weaving? Interested in learning a new portable hobby? Looking for a way to bust through that yarn stash? We have two looms for members to rent (Schacht 15” Cricket & Ashford 16” SampleIt). They are lightweight and can produce a wide range of fabric. Everyone is invited; drop in sometime to explore this type of small loom weaving.
Please note location change to Fiber Studio (Ruth Maney room is closed until further notice).
This year we are studying Summer & Winter Weave. All are welcome.
We have some very exciting happenings this fall: we have the opportunity to work with Mary Reichert, an expert in rug felting, on a Community Rug project. In the past, we have explored needle felting, wet felted vessels, Nuno felting, and felting soap/rocks. We plan to pick a project for each meeting and explore and learn together so bring along your ideas. All are welcome!
The Spinning group continues to meet every 3nd Saturday in the Fiber Studio. We meet from 10:00 am-2:00 pm and lunch is informal, bring a sandwich if you want. Stay for the entire time, or make an appearance. We encourage people of all skill levels to drop in; it is a great place for new spinners (or wannabe spinners) to learn from accomplished spinners, and a great place for accomplished spinners to share the craft. Plus, we always have a good time.
Please note location change to Fiber Studio (Ruth Maney Room is closed until further notice).