Well, this was a sort of challenge which came from the Facebook Inkle Weaving Group.
Someone asked if I could make a video showing how to do some of the simple pickup patterns which appeared in my last blog post. So, my sweetie and I set up our amateur video production studio in the dining room. Usually, the walls are covered with my latest collection of straps, but I had taken them down for the Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Show the day before.
The walls are bare!!
This is what the "Greek Key" pattern looks like.
Below is the draft. The top two rows show the threading and the bottom rows show the pickup pattern.
The graphic was produced by the Loom Pattern Editor and you can pull it up here: https://www.raktres.net/l/Fi1
And here is the video demonstration of how to do the pickup.
If the video wasn't clear enough, or if you don't even want to watch it, here are the basics:
In the center of my band, I have 7 red threads in the open shed and 6 black threads in the heddles.
In plain weaving, they form horizontal bars of alternating colors.
To get the "Greek Key" I've picked up pairs of each color, alternating black and red while also alternately picking up from the right and left side of the pattern area.
Here are the basic moves for doing the pickup:
1) Insert shuttle and beat but do not pass weft.
2) Reach through the top layer and pick up the desired pattern threads from below.
3) Add these to the top layer and pass the weft.
4) Change sheds.
5) Repeat above sequence.
Here is the weaving sequence for this pattern, specifically:
1) Pick up the two red threads on the far left.
2) Pick up the two black threads on the far right.
3) No pickup in this row.
4) Pick up the two black threads on the far left.
5) Pick up the two red threads on the far right.
6) No pickup in this row.
7) Repeat above sequence.