Broomstick Lace and FOs — tutorials and free patterns

 

I finished another scarf yesterday.  I like it.  For the warp I used the lime and mauve merino that I spun and dyed last winter.  For the weft, I used the lime merino and some variegated burgundy/mauve/blue/lime mixed wool that I spun and dyed earlier this year.

The 8 dent heddle made a big difference when weaving this one.  The shed opened every time with no need to use my hands to separate the threads.  However, I have to add here that this merino is a lot smoother and has less “sproing” than the mixed wool that I used in the purple scarf.   So I’m not positive it is the size of the heddle or the difference in the wool…but this was much easier…

 
I used a burgundy acrylic yarn to embellish the yellow blanket.  The 3 rows along the line where the white warp and the yellow warp meet are perfect.  The red along both ends balances the red stripe and gives it a finished look…

This plain weave makes a balanced…almost Aida…square weave that will be good for cross stitch or embroidery of some kind.  That is sooo very tempting on this piece..lol  We will have to wait and see whether I really want to do that or not…

 

 

While I was wandering through You Tube yesterday.. I have no idea now what I was even looking for… I came across a video showing how to do Broomstick Lace.  This video is done by Jennifer Hansen of Stitch Diva Studio.  Jennifer has done several video tutorials (3 on broomstick lace).  Her web site has several free patterns listed and more free tutorials.  Anyway…

This is what I did last night watching television… I used the peg from my Harp loom, fingering weight yarn and a size E needle to try my hand at it.  It was a little ungainly feeling at first, but with a little practice it became as easy as any other stitch.  One thing I did find out was…. unless you want the thickness and terrace look on the back of your work… work through the back loops only of your double crochet stitches when pulling up your next row of loops… If you try this, you will know what I mean.  Anyway… I have found that I really do like this.   There is an elasticity and laciness (is that a word?) that I really love and I think it would make a beautiful baby blanket…

The sunshine in Texas is lovely and the temps are cooling down…slight breeze…gonna be a pretty day.  I think I may have to take my work outside… ;O)     

Have a good day…

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About Linda S.

Retired Grandma living in North Central Texas and enjoying being able to spend my time with all my many crafting interests.
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6 Responses to Broomstick Lace and FOs — tutorials and free patterns

  1. rivercityweaves says:

    I’m enjoying your site. It’s nice to read about other folks with the same obsessions and fiber quirks as myself.

  2. Judy says:

    I’ve wondered about broomstick lace for a long time but have never given it a try. I’ll have to check out these tutorials and see if they spur me on.

  3. Joanne says:

    Oh linda, you continue to pull my curiosity into new crafts. Broomstick lace looks fast, like it’s a good way to use up yarn (which I need to do). And your weaving is making me so jealous, I wonder if a Kromski harp will be landing on my doorstep soon, because I just can’t resist diving in to weaving after looking at your scarves!

  4. brady says:

    Hi Linda! I stumbled onto this looking for more broomstick lace patters. I’m totally addicted! I never thought about a baby blanket, but what a great idea! And it works up so fast, that’s perfect for the 6 coworkers who are all expecting in the next 4 months!

  5. Linda S. says:

    Hi Brady… Here is a site I found that shows what a baby blanket would look like.. I love it..
    http://www.maggiescrochet.com/maggies-crochet-broomstick-lace-baby-afghan-pattern-p-98.html

  6. lynn wright says:

    I love this I knew about how to do the broom stick lace about 30 yrs ago but a refresher but I cant read patterns I make up my own please help me thank you

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