Experiments in Sprang Hairnets
Hairnets are a great sprang project, and a good way to show off lace patterns. All of these are made from a piece wide enough to circle the head, with the loops from one end gathered and worn either at the front or the back. Several have woven bands created on an inkle loom.
Linen, based on a hairnet found in a woman's grave in the Borum-Eshøj barrow (~1350 B.C.) near Århus, Denmark. Based on a pattern from Peter Collingwood's Techniques of Sprang, 1974.
Interlinked linen with lace and woven band. Lace pattern inspired by 19th century pieces in the collection of the Art and History Museum in Brussels, Belgium. Based on a pattern in Carol James' 2022 SprangAlong.
Interlinked lace. Read my blog post about how this piece was rescued from the failure bin.
Interlinked linen with lace and woven band. This lace pattern by Carol James was inspired by 19th century pieces in the collection of the Art and History Museum in Brussels, Belgium.
Experimenting with Wearing Sprang on Your Head
When I first started making these hairnets I struggled to figure out how to wear them. I came up with four possible configurations:
A- tied behind the head with the gathered end at the back;
B- tied behind the head with gathered end at the front;
C- tied under the chin with gathered end at the back;
D- tied under the chin with gathered end at the front.
Open Mesh Hairnets
I've recently started experimenting with creating more open sprang fabrics. This is a great way to create simple hairnets. These all have a crocheted brim.