I have a draft that I purchased from Webs. Nothing on the draft indicates if the tie ups are for rising or sinking shed looms. How can I tell?
You can’t really - you could ……… draw it down on graft paper, put the draft into a software weaving program like Fiberworks, weave it off just the way it is and decide later which side you like better OR contact Webs ;-)
Is there any indication with drafts which system is used for the future? Some designers use falling shed, others rising. My weaving is a double weave so I want to be sure that the floats are correct.
A lot of North American patterns are created for rising shed looms - ie Jack Looms - Handwoven patterns are an example of that.
The best way to find out about this particular pattern is to contact WEBS.
I have contacted them, and am waiting for their reply. Wouldn't it be nice if they would indicate it on the draft though? I understand that for many weave structures it doesn't matter, but this is a multicolored bound double weave so I'd like to get it right.
I got an answer from Webs. All of their draft tie-ups are for rising shed looms. I checked my books and the following are also for rising shed looms:
Double Weave by Jennifer Moore, A Rug Weavers Resource Book, Weaving for Beginners, There Handweaver's Pattern Directory
A Handweaver's Pattern Book by Marguerite Porter Davison
Does anyone else have a list? Louette lovers out there unite!
An interesting note is that the Jack loom wasn't invented until around the 1930s, so it is the youngest loom design. It was adopted by American weavers and books and magazines that were published were often based on the rising shed Jack loom. Before that, most looms were counter-balance looms or counter-march looms. Here's an article that some of you might not have seen - from our Knowledge Base - where Jane explains more about their differences and how to happily live with the loom you have.