Friendship Scarf 14-Shaft
Celebrate friendship and weaving with Suzie Liles’s 14-shaft Friendship Scarf. Suzie’s design cleverly uses Bronson lace to spell out Frienship in Weaving in crisp and lovely linen. Find the full draft in Handwoven Loom Theory: Eight and Over Eight Scarf Collection. Here’s what Suzie had to say about her design:
Designer Suzie Liles’s Statement
My inspiration for this scarf came from an article by Sigrid Piroch in Handwoven March/April 1990 that shows how to weave letters in Bronson lace using pick-up. In this scarf, the word “friendship” is spelled out; for this scarf woven with 14 shafts, I added the words “in weaving” beside it.
I chose these words because I feel that the weaving community is a friendly one with its guilds and weaving buddies. Weavers share and help each other in many ways.
If you’ve never worked with linen before, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s a delightful fiber that produces crisp patterns, and it’s my favorite fiber to work with—I use it just as I do cotton and it works perfectly.
This weaving was fun to do. I like being able to make words in weaving, and using a dobby loom makes it easy.
Piroch, Sigrid. “Letters and Words in Bronson Lace: It’s as Easy as ABC.” Handwoven, March/April 1990, 68–71.
Whether you weave Suzie’s scarf as is, or use it as a guide to weave your own messages in Bronson lace, I hope you love it as much as I do!
Project at a Glance
PROJECT TYPE: 14-shaft.
STRUCTURE: Bronson lace.
EQUIPMENT: 14-shaft loom, 8″ weaving width; 8-dent reed; 1 shuttle; 1 bobbin.
YARNS: 16/2 linen (2,400 yd/lb; Bockens; Glimåkra).
Featured Image: Suzie Liles’s clever 14-shaft Friendship Scarf. Photo credit: Caleb Young (Good Folk Photography). See also Friendship Scarf 8-Shaft