FingerWeaving Class in Sint-Job-In-‘t-Goor

Very near Antwerp is the village of Sint-Job-In-‘t-Goor. That’s where I held a class in finger weaving recently.

Finger weaving class, Sint-Job-in-'t-goof

Finger weaving class, Sint-Job-in-‘t-Goor

The organiser provided these wooden stands, clamped to the table top to hold the samples. The students were eager, and explored diverse motifs.

Students explore the motifs

Students explore the motifs

At the end of the day some of the students had samples of both lightning and chevron patterns.

The lightning motif

The lightning motif

And the chevron, a sample made by a participant that day:Chevron sample, made by a participant

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 twiningWhite silk interlinking and elastic lavender wool twining

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