Best resource for Learning Taquete

Hello Master Weavers!

I am very interetsed in learning taquete. I am also very scared of this structure, which is very unusual for me. I have not been able to find any workshops available in my area and thus have turned to trying to learn this out of a book. Let me preface my question with the fact that my trouble learning from the book I alreayd have may be that I've been reluctant to do sampler projects. I have a project in mind, but can't figure out how to draft it in Taquete. So feel free to tell me to stop being an idiot and just do the projects in the book and wait to do my project once I really know what I'm doing!

I'd still like to hear waht resources the masters out there think are best for learning this structure!

Thanks for your help and support,



Posted on Fri, 10/16/2009 - 12:33

Drafting for Taquete is not difficult.  Taquete is woven on the same threading system as "Summer and Winter", which would be more aptly named Single Two-Tie weave.  The difference between Taquete and S&W is you do not use the tabby shots, and you weave the pattern on opposites. 

Each block in Taquete is threaded 1-P-2-P.  P=pattern thread.  There is one design block for each pattern thread in the weave.  Strictly speaking, Taquete has the same pattern thread in one block, i.e. a block with the pattern thread on shaft 3 would be threaded 1-3-2-3.    This is the same way S&W is threaded.  The more blocks you have the more intricate the pattern can be.

Pattern threads must alternate contrasting colors for pattern to show.  Pattern must be woven on opposites, with the tie down threads maintaining 1-2-2-1 order. 

One of the best resources I know of is John Becker's PATTERN AND LOOM.  It is a difficult book to lay hands on, but has excellent information.  You can also research S&W Polychrome without tabbies, as there are articles written under that heading in some older magazines.  Nancy Hoskins wrote a book called Weft-Face Pattern Weaves: Tabby to Taquete which has some good information. 

Su :-)


Posted on Wed, 10/21/2009 - 15:32

I would recommend Lillian Whipple's "Lesson on a Disk" and I would be glad to "proof" a couple of beginner drafts if anybody would like that.

Nancy C.

Posted on Wed, 10/21/2009 - 19:00

Lillian Whipple wrote for WeaveZine, too.  She explains drafts for summer and winter and for taquete.  WeaveZine is free and wonderful.  Check it out!

Jahanara, what kind of loom are you using?  How many shafts?  You can weave taquete on a four-shaft loom with two blocks.  Most articles and books show drafts using eight or more shafts.  With eight shafts you get six pattern blocks which can be combined in any way.   Becker's Pattern and Loom is now available for downloading.

Bonnie Inouye


Posted on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 16:38

Thanks for all the advice, for myself and others who may visit here. I have all manner of looms, rigid heddle, 4 shaft and 8 shaft. I'm hoping to do some historical taquete, so will likely be using the 8 shaft plus some strng heddles, we'll see!



Posted on Sat, 12/05/2009 - 16:31

there are some great articles in Weavezine by Lillian with exercises, etc.  I found that, once I started weaving up some of her drafts, the "penny dropped."  I am very much a kinetic learner and need to get my hands on things before they make any sense.

Check out "Weavezine" for Lillian's articles!

Nancy C.