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Lessons learned

This sash is certainly teaching me alot. It has been my custom in sprang to work several rows, placing sticks in each the shed, completing several rows before getting up and moving all those sheds, one after another, into the mirror-image position. This sash, as with many historic sashes from the 1700s, was created using… Read more »

Sprang Patterns

This replica sash has some lovely designs. I am very pleased to see them working out so nicely. I have been playing with sprang designs for several years now. I find that the key to success is the effective use of pattern writing and pattern reading. Much trial-and-error has lead me to a system. Let… Read more »


Wednesday was the first day of spring. You can’t tell it by the look of things outside. I took a picture in my back yard. Yes, the snow in my yard is up to my waist. Here’s hoping it all melts soon, but not so quickly that we have flooding. Still working away on that… Read more »

Lynn Lake Visit

A while back I accepted an invitation to visit Lynn Lake, Manitoba. Check it out on Google Maps. It’s as far North as the summer roads take you. Lovely country, clean air, bright blue skies. It’s mid-March but Winter still has a firm grip. Someone said that the wind chill today was -40. Yes, it’s… Read more »

Numbers are my friends

I am finding that numbers are my friends. The only way to prevent mistakes is to count stitches, and re-count after every row of work. Now, generally, when I get to working, my mind sometimes drifts. Counting more than, say, 20, I am never 100% confident that my count is Really correct. I experimented with… Read more »

Over the top

Work on the sash replica continues. The length of cloth is now such that I’m ‘over the top’. The first few feet of the sash were worked on the ‘front’ of the frame. Each time I worked a row, the new shed was pushed down, around the bottom, up the back of the frame, and… Read more »

One third of the way done

Progress is slow, but steady on the sprang sash. Here is where I am. The date is now on the sash. A reporter for the local French language newspaper stopped by to interview me. Her camera is also a video camera. She shot a short youtube video. For those who do not speak French, I… Read more »

Sprang Tension

Tension in sprang is always a question. How tight should I keep my warp? Too tight and it is hard to get your hands in there to work, and strings break. Too loose and it becomes impossible to move the row just worked to the mirror image portion of the cloth. I am finding that… Read more »