It isn’t really the prettiest of names, Sprang, and I don’t think it particularly describes the technique, but it truly is beautiful. The first time I tried it I felt completly at home with it. My hands knew exactly what to do and it felt very natural. Figuring out the patterns on the other hand, was a bit of a challenge.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. What is sprang?
According to Wikipedia;
Sprang is an ancient method of constructing fabric that has a natural elasticity.
Yep, that sounds about right.
Where did it come from?
All over the place. There is archeological evidence of Sprang in Scandinavia, Egypt, and even Peru. Nobody seems sure if it developed independently in those places or was spread a very long time ago.
How old is it?
Really old. Older then any other needlecraft excepting netting (I assume, but don’t quote me on that).
So how did I discover this amazing technique?
Apparently there have been pieces dug up going back to the Bronze Age. Impressive huh? I don’t actually know when the Bronze Age was (other then a time of lots of Bronze Jewelry and pottery) so I had to look it up. It spanned 3300 BC to 1200 . So, assuming that is true and assuming my math is correct, Sprang could be up to five thousand years old.
Now for the interesting part, what does Sprang look like?
Well here are some of my favorite examples I’ve found of Sprang on the Internet. I’ll try to cite the source wherever possible, but most of these came off of Pinterest.
Now some of my own Sprang!