The song says “A Cheater’s Love Will Set You Free”. Don’t really know if it’s true, but I was thinking of those words when feeling the pressure to produce appropriate gifts for this Mother’s Day show:
Much of my scarf inventory was diminished with the recent show less than a month ago. And with the weather warming up, tightly woven scarves were out of the question. So I decided to weave some lacey scarves which really hadn’t been in my repertoire that much. After much research and deliberating, I settled on a weave pattern based on a modified Atwater-Bronson lace. The end product was a lightweight airy fabric that draped beautifully and was perfect for cool summer evenings, a rare occurrence here in Memphis. So this shawl really had to be pleasing to the eyes.
The warp is a 10/2 perle cotton which was sett loosely at 20 ends per inch (epi). These three colors were used in the warp.
I threaded a simplified variation of the more traditional 6 thread unit of the original Atwater-Bronson lace pattern. I used a 4 thread unit instead which utilized only 3 harnesses on my 8 harness loom. Sweet! Threading was easy. In a 10 dent reed, I threaded 2 ends per dent and in the heddles, threaded in this order: shaft 1, shaft 3, shaft 1 and shaft 2. This 1-3-1-2 threading was repeated for the entire 15″ width of the shawl. Treadling and tie up were even easier. I used only 4 treadles: treadle 1 raised shaft 1, treadle 2 raised shaft 2, treadle 3 raised shaft 1 and treadle 4 raised shafts 2 and 3 together. And so treadling was an easy to remember 1-2-3-4 !
The weft was 100% bamboo yarn, Bambu 7 from Silk City Fibers. Here is the detail of the lace weave with the Bambu 7 weft of “Rice”.
And here is a detail of the lace weave with a weft of the Bambu 7 yarn in the color “Tide Blue”.
The finished lace shawl on my faithful model Velma who accompanies me to every show:
So, was this simplified version of Atwater-Bronson lace weave a cheater’s lace? Definitely yes! And did it set me free? Absolutely yes! And Velma looked pretty good in the finished shawl.
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