Sprang garment by Carol James
Carol James – April 2020

Lecture: What is sprang, and how has it been used in the past?

April 1 at 11 am (during the guild meeting)
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa (map)
Non-Guild Members welcome.

Sprang is an ancient method for creating a variety of textile structures. This lecture will describe the way sprang works through diagrams, live demonstration, and touchable samples. The presentation will feature a series of images of sprang through history, from the bronze age in Scandinavia, through ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt, and visiting Medieval and Renaissance Europe. The technique was all but lost with industrialization. The speaker is adamant that we need to revisit this most adaptable textile method.

Carol James has been playing with strings since childhood. In the 1990s she fell into the grip of a special braiding technique called sprang. Ever since, she has been researching and exploring the varied possibilities of this textile method. She has visited examples in numerous museums, and attempted replicas of those examples. Her replica work lead to the invention of a pattern-writing system which she shares with students and on-line followers. She is the author of 3 books, and now 2 DVDs. She is the keynote speaker for this year’s CNCH Conference on April 3-5, 2020. spranglady.com

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Linda’s finished twice-woven rug
Linda Hartig – January 2020

Twice-Woven Rugs

Guild Challenge Lecture and Demonstration by Linda Hartig

January 3, 2020, at 11 am (during the Guild meeting)
Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa (map)
Non-guild members are welcome.

Linda Hartig, a new guild member, has been weaving for 10 years, but has much more time for this passion now that she has retired to Sebastopol. While her early training was in detailed pattern weaves, she is now branching out to colors, textures and representational works inspired by West County teachers Marta Shannon and Nadine Sanders.

Wonder what to do with that ever-growing stash of yarn or fabric that is too good to throw away, but there is not enough left for a project? Do you hang on to your thrums, but don’t know what to do with them? RGFA guild member, Linda Hartig, has a suggestion: Put a widely-spaced warp on a loom and use your stash and/or thrums to create your own chenille. Then, using the same warp, weave the chenille “caterpillars” into a mat or rug!

In this program, Linda will discuss materials, show examples, and demonstrate the process. There will be a loom set up with a weave-twice project so you can see for yourself what an easy stash-busting weave this is. And the result can be gorgeous!

Let’s kick off the new year by using up some of that stash. It will feel great! And then share your finished projects at the show and tell at future guild meetings.

Guild members are invited to bring any twice-woven pieces in their collections to share with the group. Non-guild members are welcome.

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Extreme Warp Makeover with Robyn Spady
Robyn Spady – November 2020

Robyn Spady was introduced to handweaving as baby with her handwoven baby blanket woven by her great-grandmother. Inspired by her blankie, she learned to weave at a young age and has been weaving for over 40 years. She completed HGA’s Certificate of Excellence (COE) in 2004 with the specialized study Loom-controlled Stitched Double Cloth. Robyn is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric and transform it into something new and exciting. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon and advanced weave structures, and passementerie techniques. Robyn is also the founder and editor of Heddlecraft® magazine.

Lecture: Gizmos & Gadgets for Better Weaving (description below)
November 4 at 11:00am, during the guild meeting
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa (map)
Non-Guild Members welcome.

Workshop: Extreme Warp Makeover (description below)
November 5-6, 2020
Cotati Community Center, 201 West Sierra Avenue, Cotati, in the Copeland Classroom (map)

Workshop for guild members: $180 plus $15 Materials fee
Workshop for non guild members: $195 plus $15 Materials fee

Registration is not yet open for this workshop.
For more information contact, Linda Chaffin, lindachaffin2@me.com

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