Tag: sprang

Another sprang shirt

Presently I am working on another sprang shirt. This one uses medium silk cord from Treenway silks. The motif was inspired by Coptic designs, such as those found on a cap at the Petrie Museum in London. Soon I will begin to create a slit for the neckline. The shirt might also want a pair… Read more »

Alpaca Tunic

I finally finished that tunic. Last December I started a tunic for that Cleveland Museum tunic project. The warp was some alpaca and silk wool from KnitPicks and proved to be quite sticky. Initially it seemed impossible to move the shed around and I abandonned this warp, in favor of a tried-and-true worsted, Mobelatta from… 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 »

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 »

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 »