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Sprang Pants

Inspired by the work of Dagmar Drinkler ( I’m setting out to make a pair of sprang pants.   This is the inspiration, I’m wanting vertical stripes, and then some fancier pattern starting mid-thigh. Here’s a schema outlining my plan: Work starts at the ankles, and progesses towards the hips. Somewhere mid-thigh, according to Medieval portraits,… Read more »

Olds College

I had the honor of teaching sprang at Olds College last weekend. Students explored flat warp one day, and circular warp the next.   The initial project finished, participants had time to set up another project and explore a bit more. They were all of them great students! Olds College is a very pleasant setting…. Read more »

Fancy Pockets

I’ve examined the photos of those amazing pockets, in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg. I’ve been working to map out the pattern. The big clue to the pattern is the position of the holes. I copied them out on graph paper, and then derived the sprang pattern from this grid. and the piece derived from… Read more »

re-spinning for sashes

Recently I wrote an article for SpinOff magazine (Summer 2013). In it I described the technique called sprang. I shared information on making a replica of the Braddock / Washington sash. I also discussed re-spinning yarn to tighten up the twist for wool sashes. Back home after my travels, here I am, setting up to… Read more »

Touring the Sash

May 15 I visited with the Rochester Weavers. They have an amazing place in a strip mall. . Inside there is plenty of space for looms. I gave my talk on sprang, and the making of the replica Braddock-Washington sash in their multipurpose room in the back. My hostess was Denise Kovnat. Check out her… Read more »

Manitoba Day 2013

Manitoba Day was celebrated at the Manitoba Museum last Saturday, May 11. I was among those invited to showcase the variety of cultural wealth of the Province. Now I’m off on my travels to the US, taking the sash replica to its final resting place. First stop, Rochester.

sprang mittens

Going through my box of samples the other day, I came upon my not-quite-finished pair of mittens. Last November I had worked on some sprang mittens. The interlinking stitch is quite elastic. I opted instead for an interlacing stitch hoping it would be more windproof. I used my serger and a narrow strip of reinforcing… Read more »

Craft Talk

Before leaving Winnipeg to tour around the US a bit, eventually delivering the Braddock sash replica to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, I chatted with the Manitoba Craft Council, of which I am am member. They made arrangements for me to give a ‘Craft Talk’ on the topic of sprang in general and this replica project… Read more »