Posted by Peg in South Carolina
There are a number of good books to learn from. My two particular favorites are Weaving and Drafting Your Own Cloth by Peggy Osterkamp and The Complete Book of Drafting for Handweavers by Madelyn van der Hoogt. Osterkamp’s book includes an explanation of peg plans. More information about her book can be found at her website.
If you have been follow this blog recently, you will see that I have discovered what for me is turning out to be another good way to learn and understand difficult-for-me weaving drafts. Difficulty here is relative. An extremely experienced weaver used to weaving many different weave structures probably finds few or no drafts difficult to understand. Indeed, he can probably visualize the cloth from the draft before he even starts weaving it. A beginning weaver, on the other hand, might find a 4-shaft Rosepath draft difficult to figure out.
In any case, what I have been doing is to begin with a draft I simply did not understand. Indeed, I wasn’t even clear as to where the blocks were or what they were. And precisely because I could not understand the blocks, I then set to create a straight twill set of traditional crackle blocks. To see an example of this go a post I wrote a few years ago called Weaving Four-shaft Crackle.
I then went to work to create the shadowing draft. These crackle blocks, with their shadows. I then modified by doubling some of the warp ends.
I tried to figure out which warp ends to double by trying once again to analyze Smith’s draft. It was at this point that I became able to figure out the block structure of the original weave. Having done that, I then tried to create that weave structure from scratch. And so on.
Doing this has been and continues to be an exciting adventure for me. Yes, I have said/complained that drafting is tedious. And yes, drafting is tedious. But the adventure has turned out to be very exciting because it is leading me to a more profound understanding of this weave.
Perhaps there is a reason I am unhappy when my hands are not busy. Clearly my hands are an important learning tool for me. I never could write papers for college classes in my head; I had to sit at the typewriter.
STILL NOT WEAVING, GOSH DARN
As you my readers might have figured out, I have not yet returned to threading the 1500 empty heddles waiting on my loom. Sigh….
I am now doing physical therapy for my back and it is improving greatly. In fact, I plan to make a start this week. But it will be a slow and gentle start.