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These are a few of my favorite things: #48 – Drafts and Design – A Guide to 5 and 12 Harness Weaves

Anyone who knows me very well . . . well, at least as a weaver . . . knows I love the four-shaft weaves.  For the first 30 years I wove, I didn’t weave anything except four-shaft weaves.  With Marguerite Davison’s book, A Handweaver’s Pattern Book, in one hand and a shuttle in the other, I never ran out of ideas . . . However, Robin and Russ Handweavers had a periodical that tempted me with weaves for more-than-four for a long time.

As I mentioned in my favorite thing #44 (Robin and Russ Handweavers and Warp and Weft), I was fortunate to grow up and learn to weave in Portland, OR.  Not only did my high school, Woodrow Wilson High School, have an art room with 15 floor looms . . . I was also a little more than an hour away from Robin & Russ Handweavers in McMinnville, OR.

Even though I was more than happy and fulfilled weaving on four shafts, it was the Robin and Russ periodical Drafts and Designs – A Guide 5 and 12 Harness Weaves that got me thinking about weaving on more than four shafts.

What impresses me is how contemporary many of the woven swatches look!   I hope everyone can take a look at some of my favorites swatches below from the periodical and get inspired.

The following link will take you to the entire collection available on-line.  https://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/dad.html

Deflected Doubleweave – Vol 2., No 6 – April 1960

https://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/periodicals/dad_2.pdfVol 2, No 8 April 1960

Red and Black Shadow Weave with Huck lace – Vol 4, No 3 – November 1961

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4 3 1961

Black and white – Vol 6., No 1 – September 1963

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8S - Vol #6, No 1 - Sept 1963

Blue ocean waves – Vol 7., No 1 – September 1964

https://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/periodicals/dad_7.pdf7 1 Sept 1964

Six-shaft single two-tie (aka Summer & Winter) – Vol 9, No 2 – October 1966

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9 2 Oct 1966

Eight-shaft huck lace variation – Volume 11, No 8 – April 1969

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11 8 April 1969

Eight-shaft supplementary warp weave – Vol 21, No 1 – September 1978

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21 1 Sept 78

The above samples prove what’s old is new again.  I hope some of these will inspire weavers to check out Drafts and Designs – A Guide for 5 to 12 Harness Weaves.  If you don’t have a loom with more than four shafts, perhaps this becomes the tipping point to encourage  you to consider a loom with more than four.



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