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Norwegian Sashes

January was spent in creating two replica sashes for the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum. The sashes needed to be a tight weave. I found this was possible only with a loose warp, pushing each row firmly into the previous. Kind of tricky, the secret is to prevent loosening with the next row’s construction. Also tricky… Read more »

more November travels

Munich is the home of Dagmar Drinkler, that famous sprang artist, who has sparked the discussion on tight fitting clothing from antiquity, probably sprang. I had the pleasure of speaking with her again this past November. Thanks, Dagmar, for taking the time.   On to the Textile Museum in Krefeld. They have an amazing collection… Read more »

France and the Netherlands

Back in Lyon, staying with my friend, I tried to keep up with my daily walk. There are the remains of a Roman amphitheatre near her house. In my spare time I’ve been working on writing out patterns for some of the hundreds of sprang lace motifs that I saw in Brussels. I taught a… Read more »

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. 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… Read more »

Lace patterns

I’ve been looking at sprang lace in European collections. The Petrie Museum in London had a spectacular bonnet. Today I was at the Royal Museum of History and Art in Brussels. I was honoured to be permitted to examine a collection of sprang samples made between 1798 and 1830, now in the care of this… Read more »

October Travels

Yes, I’m travelling again. Now a member of the ancient textile society associated with the Textile Museum in Lyon, France, aka CIETA, I decided to attend their biennial conference. The conference coincided with the opening of an amazing exhibit at the museum, Antinoé à la vie, à la mode. The exhibit included almost incredible pieces… Read more »

Sprang Pants: Version #2

This is how I did it. Inspired by the work of Dagmar Drinkler, I made a pair of sprang pants. Difficulties encountered had me reflecting on how I could do things differently, and this meant making a second pair of pants. The difficulties centered around three major problems: 1) My technique in adding those extra… Read more »

Summer Weaving 2013

I’ve created a number of military sashes this summer. The sashes with the colored stripe are wool NCO (non-commissioned officer) sashes, and were typical in the British army in the 1700s and into the early 1800s. The solid colored red sash is silk officer’s sash. At least one of my sashes saw some action this… Read more »