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Huck Lace Weaving Patterns with Color and Weave Effects

576 Drafts and Samples Plus 5 Practice Projects

Tom Knisely



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Stackpole Books
01 December 2019
Lace Weaves are best described as loom controlled warp and weft floats on a Plain Weave ground fabric. The term Colour and Weave Effects refers to a careful arrangement of light and dark coloured threads in the warp and weft that weave into beautiful patterns. Log Cabin is probably the best known colour and weave pattern. Combining Huck with Colour and Weave orders opened the door to astonishing pattern possibilities. He then came up with four colour arrangements: Light and Dark, Complimentary Colours, Monochromatic, and Triadic colours. With 144 patterns and four colour themes for each pattern, that's 576 patterns. Each pattern includes the full draft and a woven sample for reference.

Tom also includes full details for five projects that are perfect for weaving Huck: dish towels, mug rugs, baby blanket, and two scarves.

Huck Lace Weaving Patterns with Colour and Weave Effects is an essential resource that you will turn to for inspiration and guidance again and again.
By:   Tom Knisely
Imprint:   Stackpole Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 254mm, 
Weight:   1.049kg
ISBN:   9780811737258
ISBN 10:   081173725X
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tom Knisely is the manager of The Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center in East Berlin, PA. He has taught weaving there for more than 30 years-everything from rag rug weaving to complex multi-harness weaving-and was named Teacher of the Year by Handwoven magazine. His work appears regularly in Handwoven and Rug Hooking magazines, and he has design collections and instructional DVDs on looms, weaving rugs, and other weaving matters published by Interweave Press.

Reviews for Huck Lace Weaving Patterns with Color and Weave Effects: 576 Drafts and Samples Plus 5 Practice Projects

The four major sections of the book are based on color properties: light and dark values, complementary, monochromatic, and triadic, with a short introduction of what each of these properties are and how they might affect the look of a finished cloth. Within the four sections are 144 swatches with the drafts shown beside them. This allows you as the reader to see how changes in color order in warp and weft can completely change the look of the cloth. I agreed with Tom that some of the samples are so pretty that you want to warp up your loom for your next project while other samples are only so-so. That is to be expected, and for me added to the value of the study. It also made me question why I like one swatch but not a similar one right below. To start you on your own journey of discovery, the last section of the book contains five huck-lace with color-and-weave-effect projects including scarves, towels, a baby blanket, and mug rugs. Unlike the swatches, which were woven using only 5/2 cotton, the projects use a variety of types of yarns and include full drafts. I recommend Huck Lace Weaving Patterns with Color and Weave Effects to weavers who want to expand their understanding of huck lace and color-and-weave, but I feel its value doesn't stop there. The books shows how experimentation and trial and error are essential to one's growth as a weaver and that is a lesson we all need to learn.--Handwoven Magazine, March/April 2020 Knisely's encyclopedia of huck lace patterns should be a must-have for loom weavers who want to explore this particular method. In addition to hundreds of patterns, Knisely provides a few basic tips for getting started, and a small array of projects . . . Knisely breaks up the patterns into four main categories: Dark/Light, Monochromatic, Complementary Colors, and Triadic Colors. They're followed by projects: scarfs, towels, rugs, and blankets. Before tackling any of the patterns, Knisely advises weavers to consult the key he provides for reading the weaving drafts (pattern guides). Newbies should be warned that the text is written for experienced weavers, and, without a glossary or any photographs of looms or the weaving process itself, those new to the craft will find themselves a bit at sea. For veteran weavers, however, this well-appointed resource will amply fulfill the goal Knisely states in his introduction to talk to readers as old friends sitting down with a cup of tea and catching up on the latest weaving projects. --Publishers Weekly, Sept. 16, 2019

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