Beth Smith

Treadle Tie Ups

I’ve been doing some live videos on my Facebook page and the last two have been about tying up the treadles on my loom. I put on a warp that is long enough for at least 6 kitchen towels and I want to do a different pattern on each towel.

I warped the loom in a 1234 pattern and there are so many different patterns you can get just from that one threading pattern.

This is the basic 2/2 twill which I love very much and you can find it in a ton of fabrics.

If you aren’t a weaver let me explain. That little box up in the top right corner tells you what treadles to push at the same time and the 4 rows down the right tell you in what order to push those treadles. Really, after plain weave, I think twill is one of the easiest patterns to treadle. Just pay attention to your feet and you don’t even have to look at the pattern page to remember where you are.

There’s my towel in just the 2/2 twill. It looks beautiful as a solid or with 2 colors.

This morning I changed the tie up for the next pattern.

And then I started treadling without looking at the pattern….

That doesn’t look anything like the draft. Bummer. But I think I’ll measure how much I’ve woven, begin to weave the correct pattern and at the other end I’ll go back to this and it’ll look like I did it on purpose.

Alright, back to the loom. I really need to finish these towels.

What are you weaving?


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