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Carol James

Winnipeg, MB Canada
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Carol James

Carol James has been playing with strings for a long time; she learned to embroider and to crochet before she entered kindergarten. Since the 1980s she has been exploring a wide, flat, braiding technique known in North America as fingerweaving. In the mid 1990s she was introduced to sprang. She is now a world-recognized teacher. She has spent the past 20 years rediscovering textile forms that had been considered lost, resurrecting these ancient techniques and making them accessible to every one through her publicationsbooks and workshops.

Carol believes that textile creation is part of our human heritage. Textile is an amalgamation of threads interconnecting with each other, just as humans work together in order to create the fabric of society. The method used to create fabric  in disparate communities around the world is often quite similar. This is a common language of humans: the construction of fabric. Woven together we are stronger. 

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Current Courses Offered by Carol James

3 Days
Teaser image for Interlacing Introduction: Historical Fiber Craft Online Course

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…
Fri, Feb 12th, 2021
February 12th, 19th, 26th, 1-3 pm CT
Instructor: Carol James
0.25 Days
Teaser image for Sprang Sashes from History: Online Webinar

Sprang Sashes from History: Online Webinar

Join sprang historian and expert Carol James for a fascinating evening discussing sprang sashes. The webinar will begin with a brief introduction to the technique, and a demonstration of how it works. We then look at diverse uses of the technique through history, focusing on sashes. Diverse structures are possible…
Tue, Feb 16th, 2021
6:30-8:30 pm CT
Instructor: Carol James

Past Courses Offered by Carol James

Fingerweaving Introduction