Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Alice wrote a post especially for me recently. The post resulted from my comment on an earlier post of hers on shaft envy. Here Alice posted a very interesting draft. Go here to see it. The first two versions of her draft are for a 9-shaft loom, one a floor loom, the other a table loom. the third version is a 16-shaft version. This version is a straight twill threading and all the designing is done in the tieup/treadling. This is important because it means that there is lots and lots you can do with a straight twill threading with no need to change anything but the tieup and threading. And that was the real point of her post.
Well, I have an 8-shaft loom.
But I thought I would try the original threading on 8 shafts. And here it is. And doesn't it look nice? I thought so.
And then I checked the floats.
This draft doesn't work because there are some very long warp floats on the reverse. And they are right there in that lovely weft-float design area. I haven't analyzed Alice's draft, but I feel sure that that 9th shaft enables tie downs that eliminate those particular floats while still maintaining the design.
Of course, just because I could do things with 16 (or 12) shafts that I can't with 8 shafts does not mean that I actually would do them. I mean really--how long have I been working with and been fascinated by this 8-block crackle on 4 shafts?! And the dish towels which come next are going to be threaded and treadled straight twill. I will use 8 shafts for them, not because I need them but because it keeps the heddles just a tiny bit farther apart from each other.