Drawloom ABC and Drawloom Treasures class projects
We had wonderful students in our Drawloom ABC classes working on Single Unit, Shaft Drawloom, Combination, and Opphämta projects this spring, as well as some Drawloom ABC alums weaving exquisite Drawloom Treasures projects.
Anything you draw on graph paper can translate into stunning woven pictures in damask with the single unit drawloom. The shaft drawloom creates some of the most pleasing designs that repeat themselves across the width of the warp by weaving damask with pattern shafts. For more advanced drawloom weavers, the “combination” system combines single unit patterning with the shaft draw.
Opphämta on a shaft drawloom is another way to produce lovely repeated float patterns across the warp on a plain weave ground.
Our Drawloom Treasures projects included the Lithuanian Opphämta (Shaft Draw Opphämta on 21 Pattern Shafts) with Monksbelt and a Combination Damask tablecloth.
Drawloom Weaving Books & DVD
Damaskvev is a stunning new Norwegian publication dedicated to Drawloom weaving. This encyclopedia of inspiration includes an introduction to drawing your own patterns, plus many patterns ready to go using 10–75 shafts. Knowing Norwegian would be useful, but there is plenty to work with here just looking at all the pictures.
The Damast booklet contains 23 different project ideas in damask for your drawloom. Most projects use 10-20 pattern shafts. Some pieces use an individual draw system. The beautiful color photos inspire the weaver to take his or her designing skills in new directions due to the variety of styles portrayed.
Sara von Treskow’s book When a Single Harness Simply Isn’t Enoughprovides a thorough examination of Drawloom weaving from many angles – technical, theoretical, and practical.
In the DVD Dress Your Swedish Drawloom: Damask, Opphämta and related techniquesBecky presents the details of setting up a warp on a Myrehed shaft draw, single unit, and combination systems on Swedish looms. Single unit draw system with pattern-saving lashes is presented and Damask is thoroughly covered, including sword damask which uses only simple equipment. Opphämta is demonstrated with the weaving sword and the drawloom and even the related structure, Smålandsväv, is presented. All set to lovely Swedish music played by Karen Myrehed, the maker of the drawloom attachments.
We call these 14 treasures our Little White Pattern Books. Britta Johanson has catalogued over 15,000 different motifs into categories in these delightful and useful little books. These “pixelated” patterns were embroidered, woven, or knitted around the world in the 1800s or earlier. Originally published by a cross stitch group in Sweden, they are useful for many types of weaving and embroidery, as well as beading, knitting, tiling, or any other artwork that thrives on gridded patterns.
Joanne Hall’s book Drawloom Weaving offers an introduction to setting up and weaving on a drawloom with practical step-by-step information for new Drawloom weavers.
Vävglädje (Happy Weaving) While many of these projects require only 4 shafts and 4 treadles, there is also plenty to choose from for the more advanced and technically inclined weaver, including several compositions using a drawloom attachment. Vävstuga has just created an English supplement, translated by Becky Ashenden, that is sold as a set with this book.
Weaver’s Delight This reprint of an 80’s vintage classic Swedish weaving text has several Drawloom pieces in both damask and opphämta.
Weaving on a Drawloom holds a well-kept secret – it’s not that hard! Yes, it does require more setting up of the warp, and you can learn in depth at our Drawloom ABC class. Once your loom is ready, however, it is easier to weave on than many other kinds of “regular” weaving projects, and with such exquisitely ornate and creative results.
We currently offer two damask shuttles that have a more shallow depth perfect for the often thinner sheds on a Drawloom warp. The small Damask shuttle is great for narrow Drawloom warps and the beautiful long Damask Shuttle is a favorite shuttle on a drawloom or for regular weaving on wide warps. We also offer our own thick and thin weaving swords. The thick sword is for weaving sword damask. The thin sword can be used for weaving Opphämta, among other possibilities.