Shrinking Your Draft – Point Twill and more

Alice Part 2
Alice Part 2

So now that we did the straight twill draft in the last post, what about a more complicated draft?  Let’s go through the same steps with point twill:

Originally the draft called for:

    • 42 ends of each of 20 colors for a total of 840 ends
    • sett at 24 epi: this is 35.1” wide in the reed
    • Here is a draft showing the 4-shaft point twill for two colors, 42 ends of each color:
Step 1: Knowing what you have.  
  • the ends per inch (epi)
  • the width of the original project
  • the total number of ends in the original draft

Then, determine the maximum number of ends in the smaller project.

  • How wide is the weaving width of your loom (the width of the reed)
  • Multiply the width of your loom by the desired ends per inch (epi)

On the Baby Wolf loom:

  • Baby wolf loom has a maximum weaving width of 26”
  • At 24 ends per inch, the maximum number of ends = 624 (24 ends per inch X 26” wide = 624 warp ends)
  • And using 20 colors in the warp you can have a maximum of 31.2 ends per color (624 ends / 20 colors = 31.2).
Step 2 is to look at your draft and determine the repeat in the threading.

For a 4-shaft point twill:  1,2,3,4,3,2 the repeat is 6 threads.

Step 3 is dividing the number of available ends by the threading repeat.

Returning to our Baby Wolf Gamp project:

    • We have established in Step 1 that you have a maximum of 31.2 ends per color to work with.
    • For a 4-shaft point twill (6 thread repeat from Step 2): 30 ends of each color would work.  30 is divisible by 6, giving you 5 sets of 1,2,3,4,3,2 point twill, for a grand total of 600 ends at 25” wide.
    • Here is the modified draft for two colors showing 7 repeats of the threading unit for each of two colors.
4-shaft point twill – 30 ends







If you now understand that…how about these:

Rosepath Draft
Rosepath One Repeat










Huck Lace Draft
Huck Lace – One Repeat
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2 thoughts on “Shrinking Your Draft – Point Twill and more”

  1. Thank you for the information. I have seen many patterns I would like to do but require a wider width. Now I can try those patterns.

  2. Barbara

    This information is especially useful for beginning and advancing weavers. Thank you for including it in this post.

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