After playing Chocolatier for way too long this morning, I got to messing around with something I’ve wanted to understand for awhile, network drafted huck lace. Out came my trusty copy of Network Drafting: An Introduction, and off I went!
I actually wanted to play around with tie-up and treadling, rather than using the ribbon method. I was curious what would happen with different tie-ups – how they would affect the shapes, etc.
So I started with a very simple design line, a set of arcs which ought to produce circles and X’s with a diagonal tie-up. When the line in the tie up goes from SW to NE corners of the diagram, it should produce an X, and when it goes from the NW to SE corners of the diagram, it should produce an “O”.
And this is in fact what happened:
And here is the SW-NE version:
They look quite similar, but the X’s and O’s are inverted, as you’d expect.
This is more obvious if you use both diagonal lines together:
Now the lines are superimposed on each other. I rather like this effect.
Then I tried it with a semirandom tie-up (still compatible with huck lace structure) and all hell broke loose:
It’s pretty, but I’m still trying to understand how it relates to the threading/treadling and what I had come to think of as the “base” pattern. I think to understand it more I’ll have to take simpler geometric variations from the basic designs I started with, and morph them gradually to see what changes.
Neat stuff, though! Huck lace is different from twill and satin (the structures I’d played with before) because the network isn’t a simple repeat. Instead, the initial is 6 ends long and with height 24 – threads 1,3,4,6 are entirely deterministic and 2,5 are the pattern threads, which can be threaded on any of the 24 shafts that fit huck lace structure. In practice it comes out on shafts 1,O,1, 2, E, 2 where O is an odd-numbered shaft and E is an even-numbered shaft.
This makes the network more complex to set up – I wound up having to specify each individual thread by hand, using WeaveIt Pro because it has better hand-drafted network drafting tools than Fiberworks PCW (which is what I use most of the time). But it is a lot of fun and quite gratifying to see what happens with a more unusual network.
No plans to weave this up anytime soon; already hip deep in queued projects! But as a gedanken experiment (thought experiment), still fun.