Pattern Drafts

Some of my posts will include warping drafts and pattern drafts and links will be listed below.
Have fun browsing! If you use any of these yourself, I'd love to see photos.
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I have two pattern books available from Taproot Video in both print or ebook form. 

The first is about how to use color and design bands using plain weave only.  It includes a discussion of color theory and how to apply it in inkle weaving. There are 200 patterns included. 
Published in March 2019. 
Click here to learn more or to purchase. 

The second book, published in May 2021, is about a unique Baltic-style pickup technique.
You should have experience using regular Baltic pickup before trying this. 
100 patterns are included. 


Below is a sample of a plain weave warping draft shown in 2 different forms. 
The warping draft tells you in what order to arrange your warps on the loom to get the desired pattern. Each colored cell represents one warp thread. There are two rows. The top row represents warps that are heddled. The bottom row represents warps that are not heddled (open).
Start with #1 by threading it onto the loom through a heddle and up over the top bar.
Then, thread #2 without a heddle, under the top bar in the "open" position.
Continue warping the rest of the threads in numerical order, always following the same order and alternating between one heddled and one open.
Both of the below charts were created using the Band Weaving Pattern Editor

I like to use the first version as I think it more closely represents the look of the woven band. The cells look more like the threads as they appear in a woven band. 

Most weaving books and many other sources will show a pattern in the form like the one below. In this version, the colored squares indicate the warp threads with white blocks in between them. The white blocks are just space holders and don't represent warp threads. 

To see the correct paths for your loom, consult your owner's manual.
If your loom did not come with one, you may be able to follow the instructions given by
Schacht Spindle Company here.
Or Ashford Wheels & Looms here.

To chart your own patterns, here are some great resources. I've used them to create all the patterns on this blog.

The graph paper was created by Misty Wood and can be found here:   I'm very grateful to her for it.

This online pattern-making tool created by Jeff Bigot makes it super easy to chart patterns in many variations. I used it to illustrate both of my books:

Click the links below to access my free patterns. Use them as they are, or use them as inspiration to create your own.


Simple Two-Color Patterns

Patterns W/Links to Pattern Editor (Online Design Tool)

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