Huck Lace Effect

In my blog post, “Weaving Huck Lace!” I wrote about my experience with weaving patterns designed with clear cut blocks of plain weave and Huck Lace.  I later wrote another post, “Lace & Spot Weave Variations” about patterns designed with warp floats and weft floats on a plain weave background.  So here I am again playing around with lace weaves, designing profile drafts and using block substitution, trying to create something interesting.  I came up with a few drafts that I liked and wove a scarf and a shawl, here they are followed with some drafts and notes:

Huck Lace Effect Scarf

Huck Lace Effect Scarf (8 shafts), flecked cotton/acrylic, 2023
Huck Lace Effect Scarf (8 shafts), flecked cotton/acrylic, 2023 (close-up)
Huck Lace Effect Scarf (8 shafts), flecked cotton/acrylic, 2023 (very close-up)

I used a 20/2 flecked cotton/acrylic yarn to weave this scarf at 30 e.p.i. and about the same p.p.i. on 8 shafts. The pattern looked really nice after wet finishing (hand washing and steam ironing).

I started with a profile draft and used block substitution using Fiberworks weaving software to generate the thread-by-thread draft. It’s so easy to do this: click on Tools, click on Block Substitution in the drop-down menu, click on Lace Weaves, and click on one of the choices – I chose “Huck Lace effect.” On this first try the result was nice but not very interesting:

Profile Draft #1
Huck Lace Effect Draft generated from Profile Draft #1

Then I made a little change to the profile draft that looked hopeful, and I liked the resulting thread-by-thread draft so I used this draft for the Scarf:

Profile Draft #2
Huck Lace Effect Draft for Scarf generated from Profile Draft #2 (click image to enlarge)

Huck Lace Effect Shawl

Huck Lace Effect Shawl (10 shafts), flecked cotton/acrylic, 2023
Huck Lace Effect Shawl (10 shafts), flecked cotton/acrylic, 2023 (close-up)
Huck Lace Effect Shawl (10 shafts), flecked cotton/acrylic, 2023 (very close-up)

Using the same process as for the Scarf, I designed a different pattern for the Shawl. It was more challenging and so much fun! I used the same yarn as for the Scarf except in a golden color. The sett and wet finishing are also the same as for the Scarf. If you would like to learn more about designing and weaving Huck Lace, I recommend the book from the Best of Weaver’s series, Best of Weaver’s – Huck Lace, edited by Madelyn van der Hoogt.

While hiking with my husband in the Fall at a nature preserve, the beauty of the colors and textures inspired me to weave this scarf and shawl:


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13 Comments on “Huck Lace Effect”

  1. marcella harrison Says:

    These are such beautiful scarf and shawl. You do note that you use a 20/2 flecked cotton acrylic yarn. Is it possible to let us know what the brand name is. The colors are so lovely.

    • evasweaving Says:

      Thanks Marcella! These yarns have been in my stash for many years, I bought them as mill ends and they were made in Italy by a company called IGEA. I think they’re still around.

  2. Penny Says:

    These are truly worthy!

  3. Marilize Says:

    Eva, I just thought the passed week I must go to your vlog to see if I missed a mail letter from you. This is so inspiring and of such a high standard from planning to final product, just like all your creations. Thank you for sharing it with us. I have few questions for you about my own situation. I have a mind block to overcome on my AVL 16 shafts. I don’t know if I can ask you here about it?

  4. Marian Hensing Says:

    Thanks for again your inspiring post.

  5. Alaa Says:

    Eva, It’s always a pleasure to read your blog and learn from you through it.

  6. Kathy Forsythe Says:

    Eva, these are so beautiful! What is the source of the flecked cotton/acrylic yarn? Thank you for the inspiration.

    • evasweaving Says:

      Thank you Kathy! I’ve been asked about the source of these lovely yarns before and since these yarns have been in my stash for many years I’m not sure where you can find them now. I bought them as mill ends and they were made in Italy by a company called IGEA. I think this company is still around.

  7. Carla Gladstone Says:

    Dear Eva,

    The huck lace scarf and shawl are beautiful! You found the perfect yarn to make those pieces.

    I will be giving a talk soon – not to a guild, but for a group of friends who are also weavers – where I will talk about my introduction to huck lace. May I have your permission to use a couple of the pictures of your shawl in my talk? Of course I will give you the credit for designing and weaving the piece.

    If you have misgivings, then I understand. I will certainly not use the pictures without your permission. But I want to share your accomplishment with other weavers.

    At the moment, I am recovering from a broken arm, and cannot weave. But when I am better, I’m eager to explore the possibilities of huck lace.

    Happy weaving,

    Carla Gladstone in Bethesda, Maryland, USA

    • evasweaving Says:

      Carla, thank you so much for your kind note! Of course you have my permission to use the pictures for your talk, I’m happy if I can inspire and help other weavers. Wishing you to get well soon with your arm so you can weave again.
      Best wishes,

  8. evasweaving Says:

    Thank you all for your comments, I truly appreciate it!

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