Jette Vandermeiden has been creating textiles since early childhood. Studying weaving, embroidery, knitting, and bobbin lace at college led her to find her strength in weave theory, structure, and design of cloth. With her extensive knowledge of fibre-related topics, Jette has been a consultant to museums, documentary researchers, and developers of weaving curriculum for college fibre arts programs. A prolific writer and teacher, Jette has conducted workshops across Canada, USA, England, Holland, and Belgium. She weaves damask and Scandinavian weaves on her drawlooms, and has worked on the 1865 jacquard loom at the Ontario Science Center. A series of videos to help weavers solve basic weaving problems (YouTube/weavingwithjette) is her latest project.
Her goal is to share weaving skills with other weavers so that this ancient craft will continue to enrich our lives.
What Goes Up? What Comes Down? A short drawloom primer
Drafting for a two-harness loom, such as a drawloom, is very different than drafting for a one-harness regular floor loom. This short introduction to designing for the drawloom covers how to use different weave structures such as double weave, lampas, Bronson lace, and damask on the drawloom, how to determine the tie-up, how to figure out what the long-eyed heddles do to create the weave and how pattern blocks interact with the ground weave to form cloth.
Imagine taking two different pattern drafts, such as overshot and Bronson lace, combining them into one draft, and weaving both on the one threading. Learn to add several weave structures together into one draft, and then play with weaving them separately or in combination.