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Color and Design in Huck Lace Towels (Workshop)

Conference of Northern California Handweavers 2019, Sonoma California

Thursday, June 20 to Saturday, June 22, 2019

The structure of Huck Lace provides a treasure trove of design for weavers. It is a shaft-efficient weave structure where an 8-shaft loom can produce six blocks of design; and a 4-shaft loom can produce a myriad of different ways to combine textures of warp/weft floats with plain weave.

Weavers will learn how “blocks” or units of huck lace are threaded on four and eight shafts, and how they can be combined to expand design possibilities. Discussions will focus on converting a profile draft into a threading and treadling, and how literally thousands of designs can be created within a single threading by changing the tie-up. The Workshop begins with a slide lecture.

During the Design Session, participants will use a series of printed Design Pages and Transparent Overlays from Neilson’s recently published book An Exaltation of Blocks to explore thousands of design possibilities for 6-block Huck Lace. Participants will draw their favorite patterns onto graph paper and learn how to use a Transparent Template Overlay to determine the tie-up of each pattern. The coil bound handout, which will be distributed during the workshop, includes drafts and envelopes containing the Design Pages and Transparencies. The initial information for arranging the colors and threading the loom will be sent via email upon registration.

Pre-workshop threading instructions will be sent via email to registrants.

Materials fee: $20 – Coil bound booklet with Design Pages and Transparencies