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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.
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.
And the 16 shaft draft?
First posted on weavingspace.co.uk © Cally Booker