sprang frame reflections

Last weekend the town of St Pierre Jolys hosted their annual ‘sugaring off festival’. Now, I won’t go into that rant about the weather, how it’s the middle of April, and we still have over a foot of snow on the ground, and more coming. The maple trees need above-freezing weather by day and below-freezing temperatures by night for the sap to run. Temperatures have been staying well below freezing, day and night. No sap running this year … but I digress.
I was invited to bring my sash-weaving demonstration to the festival, finger weaving for the voyageur-types and sprang sashes for the 1700s military explorer enthusiasts (LaVĂ©rendrye aka Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, who came traipsing through, exploring in the 1730s, the first European to reach the upper Missouri River).
So, there I was in St Pierre Jolys last Sunday.

St Pierre sash demo

Sash weaving demonstration

Picture frame sprang frame

In the background you can see my sprang frame.

I selected this sprang frame for the day because it is so portable. It is a set of stretcher bars from an art supply store. I drilled holes to attach the dowels that hold the warp. I also put holes in the corners where I insert screws, to keep the frame from popping apart. It is a frame I made for myself, early on in my experimenting with sprang.

I find this frame just does not hold much tension. Sitting there last Sunday I remembered again why I really prefer my heavy-duty frame, constructed from 2x4s.

Heavy duty frame

This sturdy nature of this frame really makes the work easier.

There is a lot to be said for having the proper tools. I have seen heavier stretcher bars at the art store recently. Perhaps I should give them a try. Maybe a heavier stretcher-bar would serve the dual purpose, portability, as well as stability for sprang.

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