What is Sprang? California guilds are learning and sharing.
|Members of the Carmel Crafts Guild in a workshop with Carol James. Photos courtesy of Carmel Crafts Guild.|
The Carmel Crafts Guild (California) recently hosted a sprang workshop with Carol James, an author and professional weaver living in Manitoba, Canada. Guild members were able to hear Carol talk about the history of sprang, her work, and her collection at the morning guild meeting and met for a more in-depth workshop in the afternoon. Carol explains that she found her niche in the textile world weaving sashes for historical reenactment. She creates sashes using sprang and finger-weaving techniques, in addition to teaching and demonstrating in North America and Europe. See more of her work as well as how-to videos, on her website.
What is sprang? Sprang is a woven, elastic textile that is often associated with Bronze Age textiles. The Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild (California) has more information about this technique on its website. The guild maintains the Anne Blinks Textile Study Collection. Anne Blinks (1903-1995) amassed a resource collection of textiles, publications, and notes through her interests in historic and prehistoric textiles. Now, the guild organizes Study Boxes—a group of samples from the collection that can be borrowed by other guilds or individual members.