Studio Stories: Lace Tiles

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Lace Tiles

I originally designed this as a 16-shaft pattern, and I wasn’t sure it would work on 8 shafts. I’ve been pleasantly surprised! It is a tight fit to get the asymmetric tile pattern into 6 half-units of huck, but there is just enough room for staggered 3 x 5 rectangles with one half-unit between them.

In my design, the tiles are lace and the ‘grout’ between the tiles is plain weave, because a single half unit of lace isn’t really enough to be lacy. It is barely enough to be un-lacy in this case, but it is sufficient to suggest the zig-zagging pattern of the tessellation.

8-shaft huck lace tiles with liftplan
8-shaft huck lace tiles with tie-up and treadling

Watch out for the edge

When I have a very lacy weave overall I like to include a plain weave selvedge to bring everything together. However, because the plain weave takes up more than the lace it is a good idea to weight the edge threads separately. Don’t beam this part of the warp, but create two separate little bouts of a few threads – one for each selvedge – then, when you have threaded and sleyed as usual, hang them over the back of the loom with some weight attached to keep them taut.

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