Upcoming Fiber Arts Classes

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Fiber Arts Department

Carol James

Carol James

Carol James

Carol James

Carol James

Carol James

Instructor: Carol James
November 8–11, 2018 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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You may register online until two weeks prior to the class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Sprang is an ancient textile method, dating as far back as the Bronze Age. In evidence among the ancient Persians, Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, some scholars suggest it was the method used to create the vertical striped leggings of Medieval times. Sprang was known across Europe until the time of the Industrial Revolution. It produces textiles with amazing elasticity. Even more intriguing, you get an amazing two rows of cloth for every one row of work.

Participants begin with a basic stitch, how to hold the threads, how to manipulate them to create cloth. We also explore variations, including plain stitch, lace, cables, and twining. Irregularities (mistakes) are viewed as an opening into diverse decorative elements. Pattern reading and pattern writing are introduced as a vehicle to understand and record structure. Participants will learn two different manners of warping: flat warp and circular warp. We will discuss shaping techniques required to create diverse garments: bonnets, bags, vests, mittens, socks, leggings, as well as shawls and sashes. Participants leave with several items of their own making, and a frame warped for a future project.


CAROL JAMES has been exploring sprang and other low-tech, easily transportable textile methods for the past 25 years. She has examined sprang items in collections across North America and Europe, and has made replicas of some of these items for clients such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the German Archaeological Institute, the Canadian History Museum, and the Norwegian Army Museum. A very patient teacher, she has taught in Canada, the US, New Zealand, and Europe, and is the author of numerous articles and three books: Fingerweaving Untangled and Sprang Unsprung and a new book of Sprang Lace Patterns.

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Current MAC Members: $414
Non-members: $460 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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