Challenged myself recently to make a garment using the sprang technique. Using an egyptian cotton I began with a very large rectangular shape, working from hem to hem.
At about armpit level I added warp to allow for sleeves. Yes the work was very wide at that point. I worked from right to left in sections, each tied off with a safety cord.
I left a slit for the neck, and finished with a safety cord that goes from wrist to wrist, across the back of the neck.
The finished garment was worn, seen by many at the Handweavers Guild of America Convergence in Albuquerque.
At Congergence I kept hearing about the ‘Ancient One’s Shirt’. Finally tracked it down on the net.
You can view it at
Based on images of this garment, I’ve spent the last two days working out the pattern.
I’ve now created a scarf, playing with the design.
While at Convergence I saw the perfect frame for smaller sprang projects. It’s called ‘Loom in a Tube’ from Rebecca Smith. She sells a set of plumbing pipes that fit together to make the frame. Adjustment as the cloth grows and shrinks are easily made with threaded pipe and screws. Check it out at http://www.loominatube.com/
Van Walleghem School invited me to come teach fingerweaving to their students during the last week of school. I spent a day and a half working with them. Students from grades 3, 4, and 5, explored the basic fingerweaving method making a ‘wrist sash’. My heart was warmed by a student who said to me, “Nice presentation.”
July 1 is Canada Day. National celebrations everywhere.
I was invited to the Musée de St-Boniface Museum to animate my “Fingerweaving Dance”.
Assisted by my daughter, and accompanied by expert musician D’Arcy Stearns we wove six feet worth of ‘sash’ (12 strands diagonal stripe).
Maybe next year we’ll try for a Guiness record.
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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