Weaving Huck Lace!
I know how to do Filet Crochet, it’s very open, lacy, looks beautiful using fine yarns, and patterns can be easily designed on graph paper. So, I thought why not try to weave something like this. From the many types of lace weaves, I chose Huck Lace. I spent hours designing 7-block profile drafts for Huck and plain weave blocks that I could weave on my 16-shaft treadle loom.
Although a main subject on a background is nice, I was really trying to design a profile draft with a balance between the Huck and the plain weave areas so that the negative and positive spaces would be equally important. This way the patterns formed by the Huck areas as well as the plain weave areas would be interesting.
I came up with a profile draft I thought would work, and what started out to be a lacy shawl ended up as a curtain because I love the way it looks when light passes through it. Following are images, drafts and other details about it.
Profile Draft and Partial Weaving Draft:
After designing the profile draft, I used the “block substitution” feature in my weaving program to generate a complete thread-by-thread weaving draft. But you don’t really need a full thread-by-thread draft; just follow the block order in the profile draft. For example, if you look at the Profile Draft and Partial Weaving Draft below, reading right to left and top to bottom, the first block is threaded and treadled as: 1-6-1-6-1, 2-5-2-5-2, 1-6-1-6-1; the next block as: 2-7-2-7-2, 1-8-1-8-1, 2-7-2-7-2; and so on.
If anyone who has weaving software would prefer to see the WIF file that has the complete thread-by-thread weaving draft, please contact me and I’ll e-mail it to you.
Huck Lace Unit:
I used a 5-thread Huck in this project where warp floats alternate with weft floats. The image and draft below show how one full unit of this type of Huck can be threaded and treadled repeatedly on 4 shafts as 2-3-2-3-2, 1-4-1-4-1. For my project I used 1-1/2 units per block.
For more on Huck Lace using 4 shafts there are two superb articles on Weavezine: Laura Fry’s “Woven Lace: Huck on a Twill Threading” and Michele Belson’s “Color Gamps” that has a draft for “Huck Lace Blocks in Plain Weave Ground.”
And my favorite book on the subject is: Huck Lace (The Best of Weaver’s), edited by Madelyn van der Hoogt.
I wove a few samples at first trying out different setts and yarns. The winner was 20/2 pearl cotton sett at 30 e.p.i., sleyed 2 per dent in a 15-dent reed. This sett is loose compared to 36 e.p.i. that I often use for plain weave with this type of yarn, but looser works well in this case.
With an added inch or so of plain weave at the selvedges, the width on the loom was about 26″ with a finished width of 24″ after hand washing and steam ironing while still lightly damp. I wove enough yardage to make curtains for a small window.
There was one other sample I really liked where I used a very fine 64/2 merino silk yarn. I’m thinking of doing a Huck Lace project with this. Stay tuned.
Update (February 2011): I wove two Huck Lace Shawls using the 64/2 merino silk yarn with a sett of 45 e.p.i., they feel really luxurious. Here’s a picture:Huck Lace, Lace Weaves, Profile Drafts