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Going from 4 shafts to 2

June 5th 2011 in Drafts, Projects

In (Almost) Infinite Variations, I took a threading and changed the treadling in various ways.  Eventually I devised a “tabby” treadling of it.  Recently it occurred to me that the four shaft pattern could be reduced to two.  I really liked one part of the pattern in particular — it had very nice curves, so I thought to try it.  In making it, I collapsed the 4 shaft design by mapping shafts as follow:

Shaft on 4 Shaft Design Mapped to
1 1
2 2
3 1
4 2

Here’s what it looks like in Weave Design (WIF):

I got out my tapestry loom and started weaving it to see how it would look.  Not quite done yet, but I expect it should make a nice mug rug.

On the tapestry loom




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This pattern is based on an example on p. 150 of Ancient Danish Textiles from Bogs and Burials, by Margrethe Hald. [openbook booknumber="OLID:OL3096673M" templatenumber="1"]

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