Nicki your beetles are incredible. My interest in taquete is acutally "turned" taquete (I do a lot of scarves). Most of my information has come from Bonnie Inouye's articles and book. I'll post some pictures when I figure out how! Hope I get this posted (It's my second try)
Taquete is a compound tabby. The threading unit is 1-3-2-3. Shafts 1 & 2 are the tie downs, and shaft 3 is a pattern shaft. Samitum is compound twill. The basic threading unit is 1-4-2-4-3-4. Shafts 1, 2 & 3 tie downs create the twill. Shaft 4 is a pattern shaft. This is the basic difference between the two structures.
hi, Leslie M! When I create drafts for turned taquete, I approach it quite differently from the not-turned structure. Regular taquete is woven on a tied threading, generally summer and winter. This allows great freedom of design in the liftplan because I can use the pattern shafts in any combination including no pattern (all background). Polychrome taquete takes longer to weave because it requires 3 or more shuttles, but it is fun to have those weft colors available in combinations, too.
Turned taquete, and turned polychrome taquete, are easy to weave because of the single shuttle- the colors are in the warp. I only use parallel threadings for these now. My book includes a short introduction to turned taquete using a twill threading because the whole book is an introduction to multishaft and the first 8 chapters have the same threading. It is useful for sampling.
I gave a seminar for Complex Weavers on turned taquete. I have turned polychrome taquete on my loom now and will post a photo soon. I do not know if this group is interested in turned, which is really quite different in many ways. I prefer turned for scarves and shawls because it has lovely drape. I have been weaving on 16 and 24-shaft looms for the last 23 years but before that I only had 4 (for 20 years). I prefer turned taquete on a 4-shaft loom because there are 4 blocks.
I too, am interested in turned taquete. I did a couple of pieces of yardage several years ago, also using the information I gleaned from articles and book by Bonnie Inouye. I used a straight threading on 16 shafts, but would be interested in learning about using a parallel threading for it.
The yardage is very supple and drapes well and makes nice garments.