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.