The SprangLady Subscription-2023- S&Z
Welcome to the SprangLady Subscribers Information Site.
I look forward to sharing information with you, and accompanying you in your explorations of sprang. The 2023 subscription will focus on surface design variations using the S-lean and the Z-lean of the interlinking stitch (S&Z patterns). S&Z patterns can create surprising texture in the cloth, including the appearance of a basket weave (July’s theme). By reversing the twists in the yarn, S&Z patterns can also create flatter fabric than simple interlinking.
Each month will introduce a new pattern (up to 3 patterns in some months) for you to practice and play with. We start with an introduction to S&Z, move from simple to more complex patterns found in sprang bonnets from 4th - 8th century Egypt, and then into some more recent patterns suggested by Peter Collingwood in The Techniques of Sprang (1974). The patterns in this year's subscription were created by Sharon Wichman. Thank you so much for your hard work on this Sharon!
Here is a preview of the year's subscription.
The 2023 subscription will include the same pattern options for a neckscarf, a pair of fingerless mittens or sprang hat. After making a sample of the sprang-S&Z-pattern-of-the month, you are welcome to make yourself a set of twelve scarves, or mittens, or hats, each in a different S&Z pattern.
We will be available for a monthly sprang chat via Zoom, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. There you can ask questions, and receive on-line support. You will also be able to meet others interested in sprang. The monthly Zoom chat will be arranged at different times of the day on a rotating cycle, to accommodate members in diverse time zones.
For those of you who missed signing up in January ... this is not a problem. Even if you sign up, in, say, June, you will begin with access to all the previous information, January through June's structures ... but you will have missed out on 5 months of Zoom meetings.
If you are comfortable with the basics of sprang, how to set up, how to work the basic stitches, how to read Carol's charts, and a finishing technique or two, then this subscription is for you.
The first few months of the subscription will include written instructions on S&Z as well as a few how-to videos ... for those familiar with Carol's charts. For those wanting more personalised help, we will be offering a class on S&Z in January 2023.
The subscription is NOT a class. It has been designed for people who already have a firm basic understanding. It is intended for intermediate Sprangers, who want to explore farther, that is, you are able to independently set up your work, are comfortable with the basic stitch, and can read Carol's charts. You can learn all this in the introductory class. Sign up to my website in order to get emails informing you of when the next class will occur.
If you would like to learn more about different sprang stitches I recommend you check out the 2021 subscription which offered a peek into the variety of structures possible with sprang.
The 2022 subscription focused exclusively on lace patterns. These subscriptions are available to you, the entire year in one click.
Intro to Sprang Class - January 2023
Class meets Monday evenings at 12PM Central Time in North American (6PM in London, 7PM in Munich) for six consecutive Monday, Starting on January 9 2023.
What's sprang? How does it work? Start at the beginning ... with a frame already set up. This class guides you in an exploration of the basics of sprang. We focus on the interlinking stitch which results in very stretchy cloth. The step-by-step approach makes it easy. Learn to set up your frame, flat warp and circular warp, a number of surface design possibilities, and a variety of finishing techniques. Make bags, hats, mittens and more.
Pilot tests of this class have received rave reviews. Individuals who have participated in previous 3-day intensive sprang workshops say they gained so much more from this on-line class which spread out the same information (and lots more) over six weeks. The time in-between allowed for reflection, absorption, and mastery of the material.
Included in the price is an already warped sprang frame, a copy of Sprang Unsprung, a copy of the DVD Introduction to Sprang, assorted other bits, access to a class web page, as well as six weekly Zoom sessions of 2 hours each.
Instruction will be available by Zoom, and each class will be recorded so you can watch over and over. PDF instruction sheets will be available on a specially dedicated web page for you to peruse, as well as additional videos. Each week's instruction builds on what we covered last week. Optional homework assignments help you to practice and better master the technique.
Application dead line Dec 7th 2022!
To register for an on-line introduction to sprang class, begin by selecting right-handed or left-handed kit, and click below.
If you have any question or concerns please contact me
S&Z, January 12 and 19th 2023
This class will take place on zoom Thursday January 12 and 19th noon to 2pm 2023 (Winnipeg time)
During this two part workshop you will learn to switch between S and Z stitches along the same row. As an example of this type of work, Carol will guide you through a lovely diamond pattern.
To you take this workshop you will must be comfortable with the basic interlinking techniques described in Sprang Unsprung.
This class is meant to go along with the 2023 SprangAlong with a focus on S and Z patterns.
Register now to save your spot!
If you have any questions about prerequisites to this class please feel free to contact me
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Explore finger weaving
Finger weaving is a technique that usually is used to make belts or sashes. But it can be so much more than that.
Sprang is a reciprocal technique of making cloth that has sideways stretch. This technique is found throughout the world in different cultures and can be used to make almost anything from belts to bags to beautiful garments.
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