Friendship Scarf 8-Shaft

Weave a literal message of friendship with Suzie Liles’s Friendship Scarf. Using just 8-shafts—no pick-up stick required—Suzie’s scarf has Friendship spelled out in beautiful Bronson lace. Woven in crisp and luscious linen, this scarf from Handwoven Loom Theory: Eight and Over Eight Scarf Collection is sure to delight. Here’s what Suzie had to say about her design:

Friendship scarf

Suzie Liles used Bronson lace to spell out Friendship in her clever 8-shaft Friendship Scarf.

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.

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!

Happy Weaving!

Project at a Glance

PROJECT TYPE: 8-shaft.

STRUCTURE: Bronson lace.

EQUIPMENT: 8-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 8-shaft Friendship Scarf. Photo credit: Caleb Young (Good Folk Photography). See also Friendship Scarf 14-shaft

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