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Deciphering the Drawdown: Understanding Weaving Drafts
webinar with Robyn Spady

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Drafts are the architectural blueprints for weaving; however, they can bewilder us as much as they aid us. Do you ever feel like you need a background in cryptography to decipher weaving drawdowns? Have you ever run out of treadles for a weaving project? Are the terms “turning a draft” and “skeleton tie-ups” a mystery? 


By understanding the components of a weaving draft and how it’s developed, a weaver will understand why the pattern creates the design it does, learn how to create distinctive and innovative designs, augment the possibilities of a single threading by changing the tie-up and/or the treadling, and begin to create original drafts.
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Join Robyn Spady's Deciphering the Drawdown webinar:

  • Review the anatomy of a Draft
  • Explore draft symbols and variations
  • Learn about direct and skeleton tie-ups
  • Understand the difference between a drawdown versus draw-up
  • Get an introduction to block design and profile drafts
  • Learn what it means to turn a draft
  • Explore and discover fundamentals about historical drafts
  • Introduction to what-ifs and as-ifs
  • Learn how to create an original draft based on a name or phrase
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Robyn Spady was introduced to handweaving as baby with her handwoven baby blanket woven by her great-grandmother. Inspired by her blankie, she learned to weave at a young age and has been weaving for over 40 years. She completed HGA's Certificate of Excellence (COE) in 2004 with the specialized study Loom-controlled Stitched Double Cloth. Robyn is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric and transform it into something new and exciting. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon and advanced weave structures, and narrow warp weaves.

Author/Designer: Robyn Spady