Monday, 4 October 2021

Twill Triangles

A photo of a green and white tablet woven band, placed horizontally across the frame against a leafy background and patterned with green triangles between wide white and narrow green diagonal lines

One structure that I don't weave very often is 3/1 broken twill double-face. Over the years I've done a lot with simple double-face (Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Double-Face Inscriptions and Ermine Spots, for example), where the tablets are threaded so that they will produce horizontal bars from selvedge to selvedge if all turned together in the same direction. In twill double-face, the tablets carry two dark threads and two light threads, just like for simple double-face, but are arranged so that they will produce diagonal lines if turned continuously. This means that in order to weave sections of a single colour, turning direction changes must be staggered, rather than all done at the same time as they are in simple double-face. If you're anything like me, this makes keeping a strict count of the pick you are on absolutely essential. I use the horizontal ruler in TDD to help me keep my place, moving it up after I turn the tablets for each pick, but other types of row counters will work too. 

The draft for this band works a little differently compared to the others on my blog, in that there is a set up row/pick. I've placed a black line between picks 1 and 2 to indicate that after the first repetition of the draft, you should begin from pick 2, ignoring pick 1. I've also added a note to the text version of the draft to the same effect.

A tablet weaving draft for 13 tablets in green and white, with forward turns with a white background and backward turns with a grey background

You can download the TDD file for this draft by clicking here.

The text version of this draft is as follows:

  • Threading:

    1. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    2. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    3. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    4. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    5. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    6. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    7. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    8. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    9. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    10. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    11. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    12. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    13. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)

  • Turning:

    1. (set up pick- only weave this pick on the first repeat of the draft) 5F 1B 7F
    2. (start here from the second repeat onwards) 4F 2B 7F
    3. 3F 2B 4F 1B 3F
    4. 3F 1B 4F 2B 3F
    5. 7F 2B 4F
    6. 6F 2B 5F
    7. 5F 2B 6F
    8. 4F 2B 7F
    9. 3F 2B 8F
    10. 3F 1B 9F
    11. 9F 1B 3F
    12. 8F 2B 3F
    13. 7F 2B 4F
    14. 6F 2B 5F
    15. 5F 2B 6F
    16. 4F 2B 7F
    17. 3F 2B 4F 1B 3F
    18. 3F 1B 4F 2B 3F
    19. 7F 2B 4F
    20. 6F 2B 5F
    21. 5F 2B 2F 1B 3F
    22. 3F 2B 2F 2B 4F
    23. 3F 3B 2F 2B 3F
    24. 3F 4B 2F 1B 3F
    25. 4F 4B 5F
    26. 5F 4B 4F
    27. 3F 1B 2F 4B 3F
    28. 3F 2B 2F 3B 3F
    29. 3F 3B 2F 2B 3F
    30. 3F 4B 2F 1B 3F
    31. 3F 5B 5F
    32. 3F 6B 4F
    33. 4F 6B 3F
    34. 5F 5B 3F
    35. 3F 1B 2F 4B 3F
    36. 3F 2B 2F 3B 3F
    37. 3F 3B 2F 2B 3F
    38. 3F 4B 2F 1B 3F
    39. 4F 4B 5F
    40. 5F 4B 4F
    41. 3F 1B 2F 4B 3F
    42. 3F 2B 2F 3B 3F
    43. 4F 2B 2F 2B 3F
    44. 3F 1B 2F 2B 5F
    45. 5F 2B 6F

As with all of the free drafts/ patterns on this site, you are welcome to weave them, sell bands woven using them, and use them to teach other weavers, just as long as you state where you found them.

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