Swedish Lace Towels Draft and Instructions

For those of you who asked, I am including here the full draft and instructions for weaving the Swedish Lace Towels.

I wanted to use traditional Swedish Lace to the fullest on four shafts, so I worked out a profile draft that would include both a table, and the flower motif.  I also knew that I wanted a tea towel that would be close to 20 inches in the reed.  The thread I chose was 2.10 mercerized cotton from UKI in bleached white.  The profile draft I came up with is:

profile only

To determine the threading, Use the Block A thread by thread to replace every A on the threading portion of the profile draft and the Block B thread by thread to replace every B on the threading portion of the profile draft.

The last thread, shown in yellow in each block substitution is called the incidental thread.  The incidental is used only when Block A is followed by another Block A, or Block B is followed by another Block B.  Obviously, if Block A is followed by Block B, the incidental does not need to be used, because Block B starts on shaft 4, and when Block B  is followed by Block A, the incidental does not need to be used, because Block A starts on shaft 1.

The first and last block in the profile is marked PW for Plain Weave, and is threaded on shafts 1 and 4.

A Block  B Block

The first portion of the thread by thread draft is shown below.

Swedish lace threading

Treadle as drawn in according to the profile draft, substituting plain weave, Block A  and Block B as shown below for the first part of the treadling.  As with the threading, use incidentals when Block A is followed by another Block A, or Block B is followed by another Block B:

 

Swedish lace treadling

Details:

Warp and Weft:  2/10 Mercerized cotton, bleached white

Sett: 24 ends per inch

Total warp ends 493

Width in reed:  20.5 inches

Warp length:  3 yards for two towels or 5 yards for four towels.

Weaving:  for each towel: Weave 2 inches for hem, weave as drawn in for 28 inches, weave 2 inches for hem.

Finishing: Machine wash quick setting.  Iron while damp.

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3 Responses to Swedish Lace Towels Draft and Instructions

  1. KerryCan says:

    I loved the look of these towels in your previous post so I’ll be saving this draft for future reference! Thanks for sharing all these details!

  2. Lillie says:

    These towels are gorgeous! Lace is my favorite weave structure. Your tie up shows 4 more treadles tied up. What pattern has those being used? Lillie

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