Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bronson Lace or Swedish Lace?

I think I have had this problem before between these two names. Bronson lace vs. Swedish lace!!

The kit I have is for the Lickety-Split Bathmat. (Yarn Barn-KS). The yarn is 16/8 Heavy Cotton. After some research, I found this draft information in New Key To Weaving by Mary Black:

The kit's draft is presented like the bottom example but tells me it is Bronson Lace. Mary Black says in her book on page 317:"Actually, there is so little difference between the finished appearance of Swedish lace and Bronson lace that weavers are at a loss to differentiate them."

Since, according to Mary, I am threading the loom to Swedish lace, I will call it that in my head. I might even call it that when I get it woven off and have it laying on the bathroom floor.


spinweaverbarbara said...

Hi Ann,
If you look at the two drafts carefully you can see that Bronson Lace is a Unit Block weave, and in this case has six threads per unit (Block A, 1,3,1,3,1,2; Block B, 1,4,1,4,1,2). These blocks are independent and you can put as many Block As or Block Bs in a row as you need.
Swedish Lace Blocks are not unit weaves and are based on 5 threads in this case. (Block A, 1,2,1,2,1; Block B, 4,3,4,3,4) When you want to repeat a block you need to put a transitional thread between the blocks. So in this case you add a thread on shaft 4 when you put two block As together, (1,2,1,2,1 4 1,2,1,2,1) and add a thread on shaft 1 when you want to put two block Bs together(4,3,4,3,4 1 4,3,4,3,4). The transitional thread prevents having two threads together on the same shaft and maintains the odd/even pattern of threading, and keeps the lace skip to a maximum of five threads. Hope this helps.

Ann said...

Yes, my point exactly. The person who made up the kit is calling it Bronson lace when the threading is showing me it is Swedish lace.

Your words should help others understand it better too.

Thanks for your help.

Wiebke T said...

Ich schaue mir immer an, wie wird eingezogen für Leinenbindung( tuskaft) : Bei schwedischen Anleitungen ist das gut verteilt auf jeweils 2 Schäfte ( 1und 3 9 und (2und4), bei dem Bronson sind mir zuviele Fäden auf dem ersten Schaft,und der Rest auf drei Schäften. Interessant wie unterschiedlich sich die Muster dadurch abgrenzen. Danke für das Zeigen. herzliche Grüße wiebke

Ann said...

I always look to me how is drawn for plain weave (tuskaft): In Swedish instructions which is well distributed, each with 2 shafts (1 and 3 9 and (2und4), in which Bronson are me too many threads on the first shaft, and the rest . interesting how different the patterns distinguish three shafts thereby. Thank you for showing. warm greetings wiebke


Ann said...

You all did figure out that I translated what Wiebke T said.... Just wanted to say warm greetings right back at her!!