Mevr. Bos

I clearly remember the first time I learn to do sprang. Along with my colleagues from the museum I attended a workshop given by Ms Bos an elderly lady that had great experience with the sprang technique. (this is back in 1996) Years later a good friend asked me to help archive some sprang work that had been given to her during the years, a job still not finished. This collection of modern sprang work included some work by Ms Bos. I visited her at home in Haren and saw so many beautiful things. At that time Ms Bos was way in her 80’s and couldn’t do any sprang herself anymore but she kept her best work in het apartment. Ronald and I could take pictures and everything. I had never seen such variety in sprang work and saw projects in a size I had not seen before, to me it was inspiring. A number of the picture that we made during that visit we placed on this page in the hope that it will give you a broader view of the multitude of different possibilities this technique has to offer.


A tablecloth. The weft treads of this tablecloth have carefully been removed from the cloth, leaving the warp treads. It is with these warp treads that Ms Bos then started braiding in sprang. These warp treads were very thin and the end result is very delicate.

kleed-detailAnd that’s how Ms Bos made different beams that each have been braided in there own pattern.
laken-detailHere seen from up-close. It shows how the warp treads are twisted around each other.


While Ms Bos gave us a short tour around the house, my eyes fell on this blouse. It had the same effects in the sleeves and collar as I had just seen in the tablecloth. She had beautifully decorated this linen blouse by using sprang on the warp threads after removing the weft treads.

Here a detail of the blouse’s sleeve.

Red spencer

A cute little red spencer in witch I thought I recognized the basic design of my own sweater. But on further inspection this was not the case. Because if there is a split on the front, why is there NO split in the back?

rode-trui-halsI still haven’t solved this riddle. Maybe you know how it’s done? Either way, it is a darn cute little spencer!


The first sprang mittens I ever saw were also made by Ms Bos. A simple object, a mitten but I found them and the way they were constructed fascinating. I so want to make my own pair of mittens but so far I haven’t tried yet. But it is definitively a project for the future. Here the pictures of the mittens and matching shawl.

Paar handschoenen
Pair of Mittens

Vermindering van draden aan de pols
Decrease of threads on the wrist

Bijbehorende sjaal
Matching shawl
At the bottom of this page a number of smaller pictures of another set of mittens and shawl, this time combined with a pouch and a vest. The next pictures show a few larger objects made by Ms Bos.


A number of beautiful tapestries adorned the walls of Ms Bos’s house including this green one. Several weaving techniques were combined with sprang to create it. Just like with the tablecloth and blouse she removed the weft treads and then braided the warp treads.


This very open sprang with lots of tension on the treads decorated the living room wall. The light coming through the window made a beautiful shadow pattern that changes constantly. A wonderful object to have hanging on your wall.

Changing lanes

Most of these highly decorative pieces were quite complicated in structure like the one on this picture that has parts of the sprang crossing over or under other parts, splitting up and later reconnecting.

Here some smaller pictures of different objects made by ms Bos that I thought were worth showing on this page.
Geel vest
Yellow vest

Bijbehorend tasje
Matching purse
Bijbehorende handschoen
Matching mittens

En de sjaal
And the shawl
Witte wollen trui
White woolen sweater

Blue hat
Theemuts met strepenpatroon
Teapot cover with stripes

Theemuts met diagonaal patroon
Teapot cover with diagonal stripes
Grote tas met sprangwerk aan de buitenzijde
Big bag with sprang braiding on the outside

Detail tas
Detail bag
Very 70’s

Lamp shade
Round sprang

Klein sierlapje met gaatjes patroon
Little patch with hole pattern
Replica tobacco pouch
(18th – 19th century)

Double sided sprang


  1. The yellow/ orange mittens of Ms Bos , the photos are not very large so I may not be seeing them correctly, But to my eye, they look a lot like Nalbinding, possibly Oslo Stitch. It would be nice to see larger photos..


    1. I had these gloves in my hands many time and I know they are not by needlebinding, a technique I am also familiar with.
      I’ll see if I can find the time to take a better picture, more up close.


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