Non-Knitting: Fun With Sprang - or - Weaving Without Weft

Aaronknits's picture

I had the opportunity a couple of weekends ago to learn the very basics of sprang (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprang) a technicque of twisting warp threads to produce a fabric. I was REALLY intrigued by it and wanted to practice a bit more on my own. So, I fashioned this small practice frame out of an inexpensive embriodery scroll frame and some wooden dowels from Joann's Fabrics and some leftover King Tut Cotton yarn from a project that just never came to be.

This piece isn't really anything other than a swatch since I'm just playing with the technique. But it looks like with the sides sewn up and a drawstring through the top loops, it might be a nice little bag. With the next piece I will attempt a looser tension. With a larger frame I should be able to more easily produce some nice market bags. I have a knitting pattern for those, but as previously mentioned in Vsidart's blog, I just haven't got the desire to knit with the cotton so sprang might just be my answer for how to make use of what I've still got.

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What an interesting old form

What an interesting old form of work and your improvision is great. Pre-dating knitting and all too! The fabric looks good....

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Great work, Aaron. Isn't

Great work, Aaron. Isn't sprang fantastic fun? I highly recommend Peter Collingwood's magnum opus on the art. It's probably out of print but check into an interlibrary loan. Wonderful book. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

New York Built's picture

Great job, very resourceful

Great job, very resourceful and looks fantastic! I'm delighted to see weaving as well as knitting coming from your hand!

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