A time-consuming project
Since I've got time on my hands, all travel plans cancelled, I figured I should put my efforts to a project worthy of a great deal of time ... all those lace patterns. I've seen sprang lace in a number of collections, have photographed them, and have made some samples. Now is the time to sit myself down and to go through these, one by one, and render patterns that will be read-able to others.
The inspiration for these patterns come from several sources. There's that book of sprang sashes, repaired by Coby Reijndeers-Baas, sashes with all manner of designs, people, boats, deer, mermaids, and a variety of geometric designs. Then there is that collection of lace from the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels that I visited back in 2013. Other lace patterns come from pieces in the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Petri Museum, and assorted other collections.
I'm working on putting the patterns onto a grid, so you'll have a grid pattern. From that grid, I'm deriving a "written pattern" that will read "right-edge stitch, 3 plain stitches, left-edge stitch". Having done that, I then set up a warp and make an actual sample, to check my pattern, and to be reasonably sure that the pattern is correct.
I'd be very happy to have others check these patterns. If you're interested, send me a message by commenting on this blog, or to the "contact me" on this website.
Caroline E Wise
5/18/2020 04:14:10 pm
I'd be up for trying one or more of the patterns. Looks like a fun diversion.
5/18/2020 05:07:57 pm
All righty Caroline. I already have your email, will send you some of the patterns ... looking forward to having someone to talk to about them.
5/19/2020 03:50:57 am
Hello, I would love to try your patterns. Rasma
5/20/2020 05:32:11 pm
I have both of your sprang books and am enjoying sprang very much. I have done some Coptic patterns, a shrug is S/Z twist, some hairnets, and lots of bag samplers. I would love to try out your patterns. Now I am just trying to take a pattern from a photo.
5/24/2020 01:29:57 pm
I would love to help check your patterns, but I only know the 'braiding' and 'follow up' rows from your video. Are there simple ones to try, at least in the beginning?
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