Interlacing Introduction: Historical Fiber Craft Online Course
Oblique interlace is a technique for producing cloth that looks like plain weave turned onto a bias. The interlinking stitch taught in this course can form an introduction to fingerweaving and sprang: ancient fiber crafts that use just the fingers and minimal tools. Together we'll explore a low-tech method of interlacing which does not use a loom. The technique was traditional around the Great Lakes in the 1700s, and used for making straps and bags. The fingers, some yarn, a pair of sticks, and a fixed point are all the materials necessary. Over three weeks we will explore progressively more difficult interlacing stitches that can each lead to varied and interesting projects.
This course meets on Fridays from 1-3 pm CT on February 12th, 19th, and 26th.
You will need the following tools for this class:
- Thick yarn, 20 gms of one color, 20 gms of a contrasting color
- Two sticks (popsicle sticks, chop sticks, short dowels or pencils will do)
- Masking tape
- Pencil and paper
- A fixed point: options include another chair with a high, open back or a sturdy lamp stand or a curtain hook or a cabinet handle or a heavy-duty fridge magnet
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.