Project Drafts

German Birdseye Scarf

4 shaft twill - liftplan

Snowflake Twill

8 shaft advancing twill

Double Two-Tie Twill

July, 2020

I just got my own loom (48" Macomber 12 shaft!) and I wanted to put an easy project on it to test out all the moving parts to make sure I put it all back together correctly. I happened to have a pre-wound warp that I picked up at the ETC courtyard sale a couple of years ago. It is a hand-dyed, dark green, 5/2 cotton and the color reminds me of the large cedar tree outside my front window. I have been admiring a few plain weave & twill scarves on Pinterest lately and thought this would be a good project to try out a more relaxed style, play around with colors, and get a feel for my new loom.

My very first solo weaving project was a ruana that I made by following the draft for Strickler #384-3. It's been almost 3 years and I know a whole lot more now! At the time, I didn't realize the full potential of the double two-tie twill structure. In a 'normal' twill, the main design is determined by the threading and treadling. The tie up alters the way that the twill lines look but the basic structure can't easily be changed. The threading likely consists of variations on the typical designs (point, straight, advancing, etc). With double two-tie twills, every other thread is assigned to shafts 1 or 2 with the rest filling in a point or straight or whatever twill threading. This means that many more designs are open to the weaver, especially if they feel like changing the tie ups. Each section of the twill design is actually controlled by the tie up and can be switched around at will. Even with the same tie up there are many different designs that can be coaxed out. For a more detailed explanation, read about them in Madelyn van der Hoogt's Complete Book of Drafting.

Following are a few of my experiments in treadling, but first the basic draft:

Strickler 384-3 & 381-3

Two different fancy border-like stripes

More fancy stripes

One last fancy stripe and some kind of advancing twill which creates an interesting diamond pattern

A very cool feathered effect