Hi - can someone please explain what a drawdown and drawup is?

Thank you



Posted on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 22:51

hi DJ, Mary Black describes the draw-down as weaving on paper.

Basically you have the draft, and the tie up for rising or sinking sheds, then once you have the treadling order, you can calculate how the pattern goes. Its a bit like painting by numbers:

Excuse the lean!! This shows how a particular return or point twill weave will look once woven.

The top, from left to right, shows the tie up for a sinking shed loom, thenthe order in which the harnesses are threaded, knowm as the draft, and then the tie up for a rising shed loom and a table loom. The numbers down the side are to tell you which treadles have been used to get those patterns. To get the draw down, you literally work along each row filling in where the harness numbers and the treadle numbers match, and it gives a pretty good idea of what this is going to look like once woven up. There are a number of free weaving programs that will do the same thing, and allow you to play around with colour, which is great.

While the draw down is usually used for 4 or more shafts, it can be done with a 2 or 3 shaft weave as well.

I haven't come across a draw-up, but hopefully someone else can enlighten us.

Posted on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 16:12

There are a number of free weaving programs?!? Free you say?? How do I find those? I love free.

Thank you for explaining the diagram. I was looking at it in the Black book last night and was having a hard time understanding it. I'm taking a class in March on Betty TerLouw's method of doing color and weave drawdowns, and I thought, well gee, maybe I oughta know what a drawdown is first. Duh.


Posted on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 03:16

 Hi DJ,

A draw-up serves the same function as a draw-down. It looks like it is an up-side down version of the draw-down. The threading and tie-up are on the bottom and the treadling goes UP, away from the weaver so that the weaving builds in the same direction as one actually weaves. I've seen it in Swedish weaving books and weaving magazines.

If I hadn't learned the draw-down method first, I think I would prefer the draw-up because you read it in the same direction as you are weaving - it's a little more intuitive for me.