Recreating Herringbone on a 16-Shaft Loom

 

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Dear Madelyn,
 
I’ve woven a lot of tweed cloth for jackets and waistcoats, using Harris yarns and a herringbone twill threading 4-3-2-1 / 3-4-1-2. But recently I saw some blankets for sale with a really broad version of this, a kind of magnified or giant herringbone with each stripe several threads thick. Could you please explain how (or if!) I might re-create this on a 16-shaft loom? (See an example at http://www.cotswoldwoollenweavers.co.uk/throws.html; Natural British Chevron)
 
Very many thanks,
 
Derek 
 
Hi Derek!
 
I was intrigued by your question after going to the site and looking at the examples. I think you can achieve what you are looking for on 16 shafts, easily. The stripes will show in contrast to each other as a difference in twill direction. But I think that a wonderful effect for blankets that would take only four shafts would be to weave stripes of warp twill vs weft twill; see the second draft. In it, you’ll see both a difference in twill direction and a contrast in warp vs weft colors.
 
Both of these drafts will work best in wool or a wool-like fiber to keep the contrasting diagonal floats from shifting a bit. For the 4-shaft draft, in a smoother yarn, the stripes will tend to form “pleats”; that is, the 3/1 twill stripes will curve upward, the 1/3 twill stripes will curve downward.
 
When you weave your blanket, send us a photo!
 
Madelyn

4-shaft-16-shaft-loom
4-shaft vs. 16-shaft draft


 

 

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