Ask Madelyn: 4-Shaft Draft for Savory Towels
I was hoping that there might be a 4-shaft draft that would weave the same towels without requiring pick-up.
It was fun figuring this out (not all rigid-heddle projects using pick-up can be translated into shaft-loom threadings; luckily this one can). Note that an important part of the Savory Towels’ appeal comes from the materials. The textured circles created by the floats might not be as effective using other yarns.
For the towels, wind the warp as instructed in the article (add about 12” to warp length for additional loom waste). Thread following the 4-shaft draft shown above. Be sure that the doubled dark brown ends are threaded on Shaft 4. Weave the towels following the treadling orders for Towels 1 and 2, beginning and ending with 1¾” for hems. You could use a finer yarn for the first and last half inch of each towel to reduce hem bulk. Let me know how your towels come out!
P.S. I derived this draft by doing a drawdown of the threads and then assigning the same shaft to warp threads that weave like each other. This process is called fabric analysis. Several versions of the resulting draft are possible, depending on which warp thread you start with.
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