Making Lace: Brook’s Bouquet

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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.

 

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Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960s 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.