Awesome Old Weaving Drafts
I decided to weave this great old draft for Christmas gift towels. I had seen it years ago (1985 Handwoven Magazine), but had never used this draft myself. I do have the magazine, packed away somewhere, but had read somewhere that the original draft was from A Handweaver’s Pattern Book. It wasn’t that difficult to find what I thought was probably the draft I was looking for and then found a second similar one. I think it is the Huck Blocks draft that was made popular in Handwoven magazine years ago.
Huck-A-Back Blocks, page 82 and Caroline Halvorson’s No. 30, page 44, of A Handweaver’s Pattern Book by Marguerite Porter Davison create the same type of fabric. Common to both drafts are two repeat sections, both made up of small blocks. The blocks in #30 are not balanced and the long floats have 2 less ends. I prefer the way draft CH #30 is written (easier to remember the threading ) and using this draft I extended the large repeat and balanced each section to give the same effect as the Huck blocks draft.
One warp was woven using the draft with the long floats, but shortened the treadling repeat to three floats instead of four. As well as the design which creates the stripe effect, I wove a sequence creating blocks.
On the left is the towel with longish floats of 7 threads. On the right a sample with 5 thread floats. This towel has a slightly firmer hand than the one with larger floats. Both warps were 22/2 swedish cottolin, white warp, various coloured wefts. The right side beige sample is woven with mercerized 10/2 UKI cotton.
I think I wouldn’t mind some of these towels for my own kitchen. 😉