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Weaving Lace Fabric

This past weekend I introduced three weavers to the small but beautiful group of weave structures that produce lacy fabric. They also learned how to create weaver-manipuated lace such as leno and Brooks bouquet and used hemstitiching variations to make lines of openwork in their fabric. Enjoy these photos that provide a glimpse of the class at work and the weaving underway.

As an interesting aside, those of us who enjoy lace weaves such as Bronson lace, Swedish lace, huckaback and canvas weave might be surprised to learn that only handweavers typically consider these woven structures as lace at all. Textile experts and historians hold that “real” lace is either needle lace, made by single thread embroidering over a foundation of threads, or bobbin lace, which is made from many threads, each hung on a pendant-shaped bobbin, moved around, under and over each other.

But certainly a lacy cloth can be created using other methods including knitting, crochet, knotting, tatting and, of course, weaving.

Click on any of the photos to look at a slide show of these pictures full-size.