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Work in progress: multiple shots in same shed

January 28th 2012

This scarf uses a “new to me” technique – multiple shots in the same shed, using floating selveges to keep the weft from pulling in too much. The design looked, on the computer a little like “hearts” — at least as close as a 2 shaft design could make, that is. And it’s apropos for […]

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Handweaving.net Draft #62986

June 15th 2011

Handweaving.net is a great source for drafts.  They have literally thousands of them; many are historical — others are contributed.  Additionally there is an archive of documents related to weaving.  All in all it is a wonderful site. They also have a tool for creating divisional drafts and profiles.  The following draft is created with […]

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Put the Treadle to the Metal: 4 Shaft 14 Treadle Draft

June 10th 2011

Sometimes we do something not because it is a good idea, but rather because we can do it. On a four (4) shaft loom there are a total of sixteen (16) treadle combinations.  Two of these, all up and all down are not at all practical.  This leaves us with fourteen (14) combinations. What follows […]

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“Waves” Step Draft

June 9th 2011

This draft looks as though it “steps” through the shafts, rolling around when needed.  I like the way it looks like waves coming into a shore. 1,2,3,2,3,4,3,4,1,2,1,2,3,2,3,4 is the pattern for the warp threads.  In order to cut down on the size of the floats, every other weft shot is a tabby shot. WIF

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“Flowery” Draft

June 7th 2011

Here’s the first in what I hope to be a regular feature — drafts.  Some I will have made, others I’ll attribute to a source. This is a 4 shaft design which, since every other shot is a tabby shot, could be woven as an overshot pattern.  The longest float is 5 in the weft, […]

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Historic 3 Shaft Lozenge

June 6th 2011

This pattern is based on an example on p. 150 of Ancient Danish Textiles from Bogs and Burials, by Margrethe Hald.  It has been translated from 4 shafts to 3, resulting in a 2/1 broken twill as opposed to the original 2/2. Why 3 shaft? 3 shafts are still easily accomplished on a rigid heddle […]

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Going from 4 shafts to 2

June 5th 2011

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 […]

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“Helix” Draft

June 4th 2011

I am working on making a vest with handwoven panels. I started out making a design specifically for the project — after playing with designs for a bit, I came up with the idea of working from a helix for the basis of my weave.  To the right you can see the draft.  The WIF […]

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(Almost) Infinite Variations

March 7th 2011

A four-shaft loom makes a great first loom. One could spend a lifetime weaving on it and still not exhaust all possibilities. — Marcy Petrini I’ve been playing with variations on a single theme — a 4 shaft pattern where I change only the tie-up; the threading and treadling remain the same.  With a twill […]

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“Starry” Draft

February 26th 2010

Handweaving.net has a very nifty tool for designing drafts based on Divisional Drafting.  The draft to the right is one I created using that tool.  It is a 4 shaft, 4 treadle design based on Tieup: Color Complementation Project, Draft #41017, Threading: Weber Kunst und Bild Buch, Marx Ziegler, (1677) # 22, Treadling: Weber Kunst […]

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