It’s been a busy couple months in Sprangland, with several opportunities to share and sell my work.
With the proceeds from the sales, I purchased a domain name and upgraded to a “Professional” website. You can now find me at sprangart.com.
Other projects keeping me busy lately are a study of how to wear sprang on your head, and the final stages of creating a year of S & Z sprang patterns for Carol James’ 2023 Sprangalong. More on those to follow.
I've found my happy place. I get to play with geometric puzzles and see the results as patterns in cloth. Initially I experimented with my fingers playing in the threads, always asking "what happens if...". As the designs became more complex I couldn't hold them in my head and finally relented and started writing the patterns down.
What a beautiful weekend for sharing my creations IN PERSON! It's the first time I've been able to share the breadth of sprang with a group of people who could touch and interact with the cloth. In honor of my husband's elevation to the Order of the Pelican* I offered sprang pouches as tokens of the occasion.
In the weeks preceding the event I sewed every scrap of sprang I could find into a pouch, then added a matching drawstring. Much to my surprise, even the lace patterns make reasonable pouches, as long as no one expects them to hold small items. In the end there were 80 pouches, many of which are displayed on this table.
The larger items, and those I was less certain of passing on, I hung along the edges of the tent. I enjoyed numerous conversations with people, some of whom had tried sprang and others who were being introduced to it for the first time.
My husband finally had a chance to wear the sprang leggings I made last year. He reports that they work quite well, especially with the addition of garters to keep them from sagging.
*The Order of the Pelican is the highest honor for service in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). He was elevated to that order in recognition of his decades of service in the SCA, doing whatever is needed to help people learn and gather.
I am a sprang designer, creating new patterns in this ancient textile art form.