Follow Up: Creating a Herringbone Weaving Draft
In an Ask Madelyn a few months ago (February 25, 2015), I was asked how to create a draft for herringbone blankets that a reader (Derek) want to reproduce from a photo in a catalogue. I sent him the 16-shaft draft (below) along with an 8-shaft draft that was different, though would make a fine and somewhat similar blanket.
If you look closely at the tie-up in my 16-shaft draft, you'll notice that some of the shafts do exactly the same thing (i.e., go up or stay down) as other shafts (1/13, 2/14, 3/15, 4/16, 5/9, 6/10, 7/11, 8/12). Well, if one shaft always does the same thing as another to achieve a particular interlacement, all the threads on those two shafts can be on the same shaft. Substituting shaft 1 for 13, 2 for 14, etc., results in the rewritten draft below on eight shafts. This might be a bit late for Derek, but here you go, Shari! And, I should have noticed the similarities in shaft behavior when I
created the 16-shaft tie-up!