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.
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.
This Bronson Lace weave is a gift for a very important person in my life this upcoming Christmas. The warp yarn is an alpaca silk blend. The weft yarn is a 20/2 silk. The scarf will be warm, yet lightweight and very luscious. I’ll have to weave it off this week so it will arrive in time for the big day.
Kitchen towels of 8/2 cotton. I’ve named this color scheme “Fire”. The first 3 towels will look like this. While in the next 2, I’m using red in the weft in addition to the orange and yellow. This is a Bronson Lace weave structure.