How to Read a Weaving Draft

To understand a weaving draft, imagine that you are floating above your loom looking straight down at it. A weaving draft is the graphic representation of what you would see. There are 4 parts to the weaving draft: the tie-up, the threading, the treadling and the draw down.

How to read a weaving draft

The tie up grid is usually located in a corner between the threading and treadling grids. It tells you which treadles get attached to which shafts.

How to read a weaving draft tie up explanation

The threading order grid, usually located at the top, is the horizontal grid for your warp. It tells you which colored yarns go in a heddle on which shafts.

How to read a weaving draft threading order explanation

The vertical grid is your treadling order. It refers to your weft. It tells you which treadle is pressed and which color yarn is used in the shed created by pressing that treadle.

How to read a weaving draft treadling explanation

The draw down is a representation of the woven threads. It gives you an idea of what the design might look like.

How to read a weaving draft draw down explanation

I will be including an instructional video in the near future, but for now, I hope these diagrams help you understand a little more than you did before you got here. :) Happy Weaving!

Deb Kirsch

Thank you very much for this succinct easy to understand explanation!

Published on April 23th, 2017 - 04:31 AM, from Ohio, USA

Great explanation for this newbie.

Published on March 23th, 2017 - 04:12 AM, from Pittsburgh, PA

Simplicity! Thank you so much 😊

Published on March 10th, 2017 - 07:47 AM, from United States of America
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