sprang bonnet

A few years back I used some of my single spun wool to make a bonnet. The wool was quite dark in color, and does not photograph well. I’ve since made another bonnet, this time using some commercially spun linen. The pattern is based on a bonnet in the collection of the Danish National Museum… Read more »

work of other artists

Here are some bits of sprang by others, photos they sent to me.    

another sprang sock

The Art and History museum in Brussels, Belgium, has a lovely collection of sprang items, including a pair of socks. These socks feature sprang ‘uppers’ and a knitted sole. I decided to try my hand at this. I began with a 3 ft long (75 cm) warp. I worked these threads for about six inches… Read more »

Fall 2015

CIETA (Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens) held its biennieal conference in Berlin. I attended, presenting a paper co-authored by Dr Maureen Matthews, curator at the Manitoba Museum. The subject of the conference was ‘Textiles in Transfer and Transformation’. The Canadian sash seemed to fit the topic perfectly. I met amazing people at the conference,… Read more »

St Paul to Durango

I’ve been busy teaching. The Midwest Handweavers Conference was held at St Thomas College in St Paul, Minnesota. I taught a finger weaving class and then a sprang class. On the way to Minnesota I stopped in Fargo to visit. Kim Baird said I should look up another instructor while there, Donna Kallner. Arriving at… Read more »

Recent occupations

Some of the things I’ve completed recently an oblique-weave sash And a silk military sash And a better version of that Egyptian turban This replica turban is based on a visit with a mummy in the collection of the Guimet Museum in Lyon, France. The turban is interesting as it makes use of a common… Read more »

June 2015

Back from my recent travels, to Europe, and then to the TNNA conference in Columbus, Ohio. In Columbus I met yarn store people from all across North America, what a conference! Maria Freitas of Meridan, Idaho, gave me a set of rayon threads to try in sprang.

European Travels April 2015

Travelling again, teaching and researching in Europe. First stop Lyon where I stayed opposite the train station In Lyon I had a look at the turban on the head of a mummie at the Confluence Museum.This is an earlier attempt at replicating that mummie’s turban. I wanting to make a more exact replica. Then I… Read more »