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Sep 17

Making Lace: Brook’s Bouquet


Weaving white cloth with a stick shuttle

I’ve always loved Brook’s bouquet for its little window pane effect. There’s a certain charm in the contrast between the gathered bundles and the straight incidentals in between where a single warp and weft cross.

Though Brook’s bouquet is a finger-controlled weave, it proceeds rather quickly. It’s great for curtains, a placemat border, or overall texture on a scarf.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Open your shed. (It’s easiest to work from your dominant side over.)

2. Insert your shuttle into the shed, encircle a group of raised threads and then place the shuttle back into the shed.

3. Move onto the next group and repeat.

For more about Brook’s Bouquet, see my book, A Weaver’s Idea Book, pages 59-63.



  1. Laurice
    September 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm ·

    I'm in the middle of making an all over Brook's Bouquet scarf right now with 5 picks of tabby in between each pick of Brook's. Is there a trick to keeping the selvage straight. I have been measuring after each inch which makes the weaving slow. Thanks for any suggestions.

  2. Jane Dallaway
    October 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm ·

    I didn't know anything about brooks bouquet till I saw your post. Thank you! Here's what I did with my new discovery