My study group, Exploring More, is looking at drafting a motif in different weave structures, the first was Huck Lace, and the second was Summer and Winter. The third is Diversified Plain Weave and I am going to take you through how I drafted a pattern.
I am going to use the new method for weaving Diversified Plain Weave, which is uses less shafts and has an easier treadling method.
First thing is to choose a motif; I am going to use the same angelfish from the previous two posts.
The old Diversified Plain Weave threading blocks are Block A 232141 Block B 252161 etc. There are two pattern shafts required for each block with the old style. So by using the new Diversified Plain Weave threading blocks more pattern is created using fewer shafts.
The old Diversified Plain Weave tie up had the first two treadles as plain weave as opposites. And the pattern shafts also had plain weave on opposites along the bottom of the treadles. This created little squares of plain weave with the thinner tabby threads and the overall fabric had a basket weave affect.
The old Diversified Plain Weave treadling blocks were Block A 232 Block B 141 Block C 252 etc. While weaving it could be very easy to lose track of which tabby you were using.
So that’s a small guide to how to design a motif in Diversified Plain Weave. For more information about the new versus old types of Diversified Plain Weave go to Weavers Issue 36 Summer 1997, the article is called Thick ‘n Thin Again by Madelyn van der Hoogt.