Handwoven November/December 2018 Lookbook
MY SISTER KATHY was a bit of a tomboy growing up, so it surprised us all when her three-year-old daughter, Sarah, took the other tack and was more “girly-girl,” preferring dresses to pants and pink to other colors. She also liked lace and insisted on wearing her slip with the lace edging on the outside of her clothing so that everyone could see it. Call it a fashion first.
Clearly, many of our designers in this issue also think lace should be seen. Six of them wove scarves: Deanna Deeds used bead leno, Nancy Rimsha wove a lace adjunct–canvas weave, Nancy Dunlap combined huck lace and twill, Robin Wilton combined huck lace with color-and-weave, Karen Isenhower chose Swedish lace for her Stained-Glass Scarf, and Jenny Sennott wove two scarves with pick-up lace on the rigid-heddle loom. I’m sure Sarah would have liked the honeycomb and pink dress Barb Wainright designed; the “lace” is woven right into the bodice.
Lace also works in the home, as shown in Laura Fry’s Bronson Lace Table Mats, Kate Lange-McKibben’s Swedish Lace Linen Towels, and Mary Berry’s Lacy Kitchen Curtains in Brooks bouquet. Lisa Hill started weaving lace napkins but abandoned the project when her earth-tone color combinations didn’t work as she expected. I think you’ll love the “hapkins,” the yellow twill napkins that she wove instead. A letter to the editor in Handwoven November/December 2017 about Else Regensteiner, an iconic mid-century weaver, started the ball rolling for this issue’s Traditions feature. The author of that letter, Mary McVicker, was the daughter-in-law of Julia McVicker, a close friend of Else’s. Mary researched Else’s life and wrote an article about her for this issue, and Karen Isenhower wove the accompanying scarf based on one of Else’s designs.
You’ll learn how Janet Rice-Bredin approaches weaving scarves without stress, get help from Liz Moncrief in picking the right floor loom, follow Tom Knisely as he uncovers hybrid weave structures, and learn the differences between Bronson and Swedish lace from Madelyn van der Hoogt. Our Spotlight is on chik bamboo weavers in India, and the Yarn Lab focuses on Resilience, a luscious blend of linen and silk.
Enjoy this issue about handwoven lace. I think we can agree that Sarah had a point: Lace should be seen.