Funky shapes

Participating with a local arts group, I’ve been experimenting using different materials, making sprang ‘bags’. A local bead store sells a fine, supple wire. When I apply flat-warp sprang bag-making techniques, a free-standing structure appears. As with many things, the secret is in the right materials and a sturdy frame. There’s lots of potential here…. Read more »

sprang frame reflections

Last weekend the town of St Pierre Jolys hosted their annual ‘sugaring off festival’. Now, I won’t go into that rant about the weather, how it’s the middle of April, and we still have over a foot of snow on the ground, and more coming. The maple trees need above-freezing weather by day and below-freezing… Read more »

Tunic revisited

Seriously in withdrawal from that replica project, I’ve felt the need to immerse myself in something else. I pulled out that warp I abandoned in December. Working to produce a “Wari art inspired tunic” for the Cleveland Museum of Art, I initially selected a lace weight alpaca and silk blend from Knit Picks. A whole… Read more »

Replica finish

The replica sash is all done. It’s as close as possible to the sash passed from General Braddock Sash to George Washington. I’ll be delivering it to George Washington’s Mount Vernon in early June 2013. On the way, I’ll stop at the Annual Weaving History Conference in Clayton, New York, May 18-19. I’ll also be… Read more »

Sash fringe finish

Sprang sashes are very elastic. How to finish off an elastic cloth can present a challenge. Historic military sprang sashes are gathered together before the fringe. This is the only point in the sash to have a weft. I reserved some of the same thread when I set up the warp. Several lengths of this… Read more »

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 »

Springtime?

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 »