Inspired by Franco Rios, as well as a former student, I’ve made a hat. The method used means the project can easily be stowed in a commuter bag, and worked on the bus.
I cut pieces of handspun into 17 pieces, each 36 inches long: eight pink, one white, eight pink.
So, I was working with 17 x 2, that is to say 34 threads.
I decided I like this pattern. I can count rows by the number of white hatches that appear, one set of hatches for every two rows.
Decrease by tying threads together in pairs. I tied off two pairs every second row, and cut the ends short.
Six sets of decreases were worked, that is removing 24 threads, and ten were left. I worked those ten for two rows, and then set the piece aside.
I worked nine such pieces, and then sewed them together.
To match the white-stripe pattern, I used another strand of the same white thread. I sewed up one side of the strip before joining.
Be careful to keep the knots of the decreases all on the same side (inside) of the hat.
Sewing down the other side, the piece is joined to the others. The joining stitching should look exactly like the white stripe down the center of each piece.
Once all the pieces were sewn together, I gathered the ends into a fringe or pompom.
Carol acknowledges that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. Carol also acknowledges that sprang is part of many indigenous traditions and found in various forms all over the world. Let us re-discover this technique together.
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