After a botched posting, I’m back to share. Off the loom now is this black, white, and gray, Bronson Lace weave. You can see the center of this towel design. I love lace weaves, this is the first time I’ve woven this design. It began with a pattern found in the Weavers Book of 8 Shaft Weaves: Carol Strickler. A Bronson Lace design on pg. 186 #619. I modified the design found in the book to arrive at this pattern.
The next batch of cottolin towels will use these colors; the deep coral will be for the weft yarn, with a surprise color used in the weft for some of the towels.
The outdoor Amaryllis was in full bloom for Easter. It’s not looking so good now but has one bloom yet to open. What started with 3 bulbs a couple of years ago, has now become six. It maybe time to separate.
Barbara E. Huck Lace
“Wholly Lace”, was the theme for this years swatch exchange. Each year the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston have a swatch exchange. The subject varies from year to year. Themes tend to be structure based like this years or artistic. Swatch Swap has taken place since 1990. Twenty Seven years and this was only my second time to participate.
Rosemary – Swarthmore Lace
Samples of Bronson, Canvas, Huck, Spot Bronson, Swarthmore and Swedish lace are in our finished books. Nine of us created a Huck lace variation.
Linda’s Bronson Lace
Next year’s Swatch Swap theme will be “Seasonal Inspiration”. What combination of colors, fibers, structure and design will you choose to create your interpretation of the theme?
Theresa – Canvas weave
These Bronson Lace towels have been on the loom for quite a while. There’s 2 left to weave so I need to get motivated. I’ve woven this pattern before and find that it’s one I come back to weave in different colors. This is an 8 harness weave. The pattern looks different depending on the number of different colors you use in the weft and where the colors are placed in the pattern. Here are some examples:
The top photo uses burgundy, black and gray in weft. The photo above uses only burgundy and black in weft. The burgundy looks pinker when crossing the gray. Need to remember this color interaction in the future. The photo below shows another 3 shuttle towel but with more shuttle changes.
Weaving a whole towel like this, was a little insane with all the shuttle changes needed to create the pattern. So only one towel will be woven this way. The pattern does work well as a border only.
So I’ll close with a nature shot.
Muscovy ducks at BJ’s
These ducks were on the sidewalk outside the restaurant bumming for handouts. They had no fear of humans, not a good thing. A little late in the year for this batch of ducklings.
Small Handwoven Bag
The weaving study group “WOW”, has an annual Holiday party. This year we went out to eat at a nice Italian restaurant “3 Olives Restaurant “. Members can participate in the exchange of a small handmade gift as part of the gathering. The gift is placed in a brown paper bag. Numbers are drawn to determine order of selection. I made this small handwoven bronson lace, zippered bag for the exchange. It’s nice to find a good use for those small pieces of handwoven fabric used to sample.
Our brown bags are in the background awaiting the numbers to be drawn so packages can be selected.
I received this beautiful beaded ornament (designed by Heddi Bradley) in the brown bag gift exchange.