Hello, friends. Happy Friday to you.
I made a promise to myself to "keep learning" and to try new weaving techniques this year. We're a few weeks into 2014 but I did add something new to my weaving repetoire this week: Brooks bouquet.
My handweaving friends are probably very familiar with this technique but it was new for me. What is Brooks bouquet? Well, in layperson's terms, it is a way to make a lacy design in your handwoven fabric by just using a shuttle and weft thread. Here's a photo of what it looks like:
The row of little "windows" is Brooks bouquet. There is a really good explanation of how to accomplish this effect on the Schacht Spindle blog. This is a nice technique that is also workable on a rigid heddle loom, from what I understand.
I designed the runner below to combine both weaver controlled lace (Brooks bouquet) and loom controlled huck lace. This runner is made from 5/2 mercerized cotton in ivory and might be more suited to dressing up a bureau or antique chest. It is sturdy but a lot of machine-washing might tax the open weave a bit. So, to be on the safe side, I'd probably handwash this piece or at least secure it in a lingerie bag if it finds its way into a washing machine. Here's a look at the runner when finished (confession: the runner was still damp after wet finishing when I took the photo!):
After I finish with a few more lace runners on this warp, the next project is ready to go. I'm going to take a stab at turned monk's belt. Such an adventure! I'm really excited about it.
Have a happy weekend, friends.