March 18, 2013

Four Ways to Chart Språng

I've found four ways to chart språng hole patterns so far in four books.  This video is my attempt to make sense of the four methods.

There is more I still need to cover.  I plan at some point to reverse engineer a pattern from a picture of an actual språng item.

What you see isn't always what you get.  The cloth's appearance will not exactly match the chart's depiction, whichever method you choose.  There is also a difference between the way språng cloth looks stretched on the loom and what it looks like when finished.  I need to play with that and see if there are any principles that will let me chart original motifs without them coming out squashed or distorted.


  1. Hi Kristen,
    Lovely videos, thanks for posting them.
    I, too, have slogged my way through the sprang pattern methods you describe. I then started writing out patterns for myself, and developed my own method. I have successfully reverse-engineered a couple of historic pieces, working from photos. I have also created 'new' designs, much thanks to graph paper so that the spacing works out. I'd love to chat with you about this in greater depth. Should you be interested, please contact me at
    Carol James

    1. thanks, Carol, yes, I've followed your work for a few years now. Will be in touch.


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