The Pleasant Surprise of Dots

Honestly, I didn’t know it would come out dotted. If I wanted dotted cloth, I could use surface design, like paint, embroidery, or beading. Instead, I got the pleasant surprise of dots that are woven into the fabric itself!

Wet-finishing differences in huck lace.

Huck lace weft floats, as seen in unwashed cloth (on the left), hand-washed cloth, (center), and machine-washed cloth (on the right).

These shawls have a dark coral warp. The unwashed piece on the left is the one I intend to wear to my daughter’s wedding. You can see the light coral weft in the little weft floats of the huck lace. The other two pieces have a hot pink weft, which gives the cloth a (difficult to photograph) pink-ish coral color. The one in the center was hand washed. Notice that the pink weft floats are barely distinguishable from the rest of the fabric. The piece on the right was washed on the gentle cycle in the washing machine (omitting the spin cycle). Look at the pink dots! They were there all along, but they became subtle, but noticeable, punctuation marks in the cloth through agitation in the washing machine.

Like the dots that are¬†woven into this fabric, truth is woven into our universe. Truth is. And truth is discoverable. It is there all along, but we don’t always understand it or see it. Sometimes, it is when we go through life’s agitations that truth rises to the surface as a pleasant surprise.

May truth be your favorite surprise.

Discovering with you,
Karen

3 Comments

  • Carol B says:

    This is beautiful. I tried a huck lace pattern for placemats, but the lace part looked much larger. Can you share the pattern?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, I did some huck lace hand towels that were a larger pattern, too. I was looking for something more subtle for this shawl, so I was glad to find this draft. I am away from home at the moment, but I will post it for you later today. It’s from the book “Happy Weaving” from Vavmagasinet.

      Happy Weaving,
      Karen

    • Karen says:

      Here is my project sheet for this huck lace shawl. The draft is at the bottom of the page. I adapted it from the “Huck Scarf” draft in “Happy Weaving from V√§vmagasinet,” p. 79.

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