Sprang in Prague
After visiting Picardie, just north of Paris, I went to Prague. There I visited with my friend and sprang expert Sylva Antony Cekalova (check out her website www.krosienky-sprang.cz ... if you need the English version, look for the British flag in the banner, and click there). Sylva is always full of amazing ideas for sprang.
It was a delight, spending time with these amazing people in Prague, talking sprang, walking along the river, a ferry ride across the river, collecting sprang frames (branches) with Sylva.
No Frame Sprang
I’ve worked sprang without a loom, trying different methods.
Well, to begin, here are two frames that I like for the ease of construction and minimal cost.
The first is very like an Archie Brennan frame.
It’s plumbing pipe, elbows, threaded rod and nuts.
At the hardware store, if you ask for half-inch pipe, also ask for half-inch threaded rod.
I’ve been known to attach to my kitchen door. Here I’m working on a pair of socks, two socks created at the same time. I work at a comfortable height, and shove each row upwards and then downwards.
A student brought a frame to class. I like it a lot.
I got my son to make me such a frame and find it sturdy as well as flexible. For longer projects I can just get longer dowels.
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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