Heirloom Lace Table Runner
Heirloom Lace Table Runner
This pattern is woven on a 4 shaft loom, but similar variations can be made on a 2 shaft or rigid heddle loom with weaver controlled lace structures (see the link under project notes).
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- Tools Required: 4 shaft table or floor loom*, 10 dent reed, shuttle & bobbins
- EPI: 20 (threaded 2 ends per dent)
- Width at Reed: 14.6"
- Warp Ends: 292
- Warp Length: 96"
- Draft: Modified Massachusetts Heirloom Pattern from A Handweaver's Pattern Book by Marguerite P. Davison (see draft below)
- Finished Dimensions: ~13.5" W x 72" L
- Finishing Details: Hemstitch, 1.5" fringe on each side
- Care Instructions: Hand wash cold, air dry flat, press as needed
- Note: *If you would like to weave a similar lace runner on a rigid heddle loom, here is a great article on weaver manipulated lace weave structures. For these techniques you will need a rigid heddle loom, pick up sticks and stick shuttles.
Weaving & Finishing
Using the draft, follow the threading and weaving sequences listed below. Note that colors in the draft are used to denote different sections of the draft to make weaving easier. The warp is a solid color and the weft is a solid color.
- Section 1+2 (GREEN + WHITE): Repeat 3 times (264 ends)
- Section 1 (GREEN): Finish with Section 1 (28 ends)
Pattern: Weave the following sequence with the Italian Cotton/Linen using the draft above.
Section 1 (PINK): Weave 1.5"
- Section 2 (BLUE): Weave 6 ends, repeat 4 times
- Section 3 (YELLOW): Weave 64 ends
- Repeat Section 2 & Section 3 until you are near end of your warp, finishing with Section 2
- Section 1 (PINK): Weave 1.5"
Finishing: Wet finish in cold water, air dry flat and press. Trim fringe to 1.5" on each side.
Based in Winnipeg, Canada, Bree Bergen is a textile artist, art educator, and residential architect. Her interests include a number of very different disciplines, including drawing, art education, and architecture, all of which inform her weaving practice. She enjoys the material awareness that weaving instils, and the research-based learning and hands-on design problem solving that underpins the craft. Bree holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Manitoba. She has led art classes for various organizations, including Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, the Toronto District School Board, Canadian Mennonite University, Manitoba Children’s Museum, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Bree has completed artist residencies at the Banff Centre, the New York Centre for Book Arts, and the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland.