Deciphering the Drawdown OnDemand Web Seminar

With this webinar you'll understand the components of a weaving draft and why a pattern creates the design it does, and you'll learn how to make your own weaving designs.
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Deciphering the Drawdown: Understanding Weaving Drafts
webinar with Robyn Spady

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Drafts are the architectural blueprints for weaving; however, they can bewilder us as much as they aid us. Do you ever feel like you need a background in cryptography to decipher weaving drawdowns? Have you ever run out of treadles for a weaving project? Are the terms “turning a draft” and “skeleton tie-ups” a mystery? 


By understanding the components of a weaving draft and how it’s developed, a weaver will understand why the pattern creates the design it does, learn how to create distinctive and innovative designs, augment the possibilities of a single threading by changing the tie-up and/or the treadling, and begin to create original drafts.
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Join Robyn Spady's Deciphering the Drawdown webinar:

  • Review the anatomy of a Draft
  • Explore draft symbols and variations
  • Learn about direct and skeleton tie-ups
  • Understand the difference between a drawdown versus draw-up
  • Get an introduction to block design and profile drafts
  • Learn what it means to turn a draft
  • Explore and discover fundamentals about historical drafts
  • Introduction to what-ifs and as-ifs
  • Learn how to create an original draft based on a name or phrase
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Robyn Spady was introduced to handweaving as baby with her handwoven baby blanket woven by her great-grandmother. Inspired by her blankie, she learned to weave at a young age and has been weaving for over 40 years. She completed HGA's Certificate of Excellence (COE) in 2004 with the specialized study Loom-controlled Stitched Double Cloth. Robyn is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric and transform it into something new and exciting. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon and advanced weave structures, and narrow warp weaves.
Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU EP8349
Product Type Video Download
File Type MP4
Author/Designer Robyn Spady
Difficulty Level Beginner
Customer Reviews (3)
Prev submitted review
The problem I reviewed was solved when I downloaded the video. This would be helpful information on the site. No matter now long I waited on the on-demand video (waiting for buffering) I was not able to advance the video and suddenly after 20 or so minutes, the video just started over. Once downloaded it worked just fine.
Review by Natalie (Posted on 12/3/2016)
Very good
I thought the Webinar was very well done. My only complaint was that I did not get any material with the video download. From past webinars, in a follow up email you get handouts and printed materials to download. No materials came with the video download. This has happened twice for me. The downloads do not have patterns and projects that were mentioned and promised in the video. But the webinar was very helpful. Review by Barbara (Posted on 2/11/2015)
An excellent introduction to drawdowns
I don't have the internet speed to participate in real time webinars, so I found this download very useful & informative. I'm glad I can go back and review each section over again, as it goes so quickly. Review by Susan (Posted on 3/5/2014)
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