Making Lace: Brook’s Bouquet

 

I’ve always loved Brook’s bouquet for its little window pane effect. There’s a certain charm in the contrast between the gathered bundles and the straight incidentals in between where a single warp and weft cross.

Though Brook’s bouquet is a finger-controlled weave, it proceeds rather quickly. It’s great for curtains, a placemat border, or overall texture on a scarf.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Open your shed. (It’s easiest to work from your dominant side over.)

2. Insert your shuttle into the shed, encircle a group of raised threads and then place the shuttle back into the shed.

3. Move onto the next group and repeat.

For more about Brook’s Bouquet, see my book, A Weaver’s Idea Book, pages 59-63.

 

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.