Very near Antwerp is the village of Sint-Job-In-‘t-Goor. That’s where I held a class in finger weaving recently.
The organiser provided these wooden stands, clamped to the table top to hold the samples. The students were eager, and explored diverse motifs.
At the end of the day some of the students had samples of both lightning and chevron patterns.
While in Antwerp, I visited the ModeMuseum hosted by the curator Frieda Sorber The ModeMuseum has four items of sprang. I also was privileged to view a textile collection belonging to Katoen Natie, a large number of sprang caps, and I spoke with the curator, Anne Kwaspen.
The skill of people who worked sprang in earlier times never ceases to amaze me. One detail that Anne Kwaspen and I discussed was the manner in which interlinking is mixed with twining. One would think that the twining threads, travelling a longer distance would require a longer thread. How can this be possible in sprang? The problem has been turning around in my head. At length, I have tried a sample for myself. It seems that if I use different materials, one elastic and one non-elastic, and found it worked for me in this sample. White silk interlinking and elastic lavender wool twining