Sprang is an ancient twining technique which predates knitting, although museum pieces using sprang are often mislabeled as knitted. The word sprang comes to us from Sweden, but sprang was practiced not only in northern Europe but in Mediterranean Africa, east Asia, and pre-Columbian America. You are have probably seen sprang used in hammocks and string bags but never really paid attention to the technique (I remember being totally baffled when I tried to figure out how exactly my string hammock was made!). But sprang can be used for much more than just those basics!
We are extremely fortunate to be hosting Carol James this February, who has taught sprang the world over and has literally written the book on sprang! Besides having a wealth of information on the subject, she’s also a whole lot of fun—many of you might remember her from the Milwaukee Convergence where she delighted the audience with her sprang talk. She’s even designed a formal gown entirely made of sprang!
For more information on Carol, check out her website: www.spranglady.com. She also has YouTube videos about the most famous piece of sprang in the US: a revolutionary war sash that was given to George Washington after it was used as a stretcher to carry General Braddock, gravely injured, from the battlefield.