# Weaving drafts and other things to do with encoding the word “weave”

When the random number generator pulled the word weave out of the Patreon suggestion pool, I knew at once that I wanted to include a weaving blog post for it.

I’m going to include various possibilities, with some help from a more experienced weaver. I’m still a beginning weaver myself and making weaving drafts is still mostly a mystery to me.

## Stripes

But starting with something simple, stripes will work on any loom. If you take A=1 through Z=26, weave becomes 23 5 1 22 5. If you have two colors, thread 23 ends of color A, then 5 ends of color B, then 1 A, 22 B, and 5 A. You could then go on to 23 of A, 5 B, 1 A, 22 B, and 5 A, if you don’t want the mirror symmetry. If you do, try 23 A, 5 B, 1 A, 22 B, 5 A, 22 B, 1 A, 5 B and so on.If you like, you can then weave the same pattern of colors to get checks like this:

Of course you could use the same number of ends threaded onto four shafts to weave a basic twill or whatever you like.

Alternately, you could use binary to encode the letters of the word and thread your loom accordingly, with color A where there are zeros, and color B where there are ones:

10111 00101 00001 10110 00101 (that’s weave, left to right)

Stripes are very handy.

## Name Drafts

When I first started doing my knitting code, I went searching online to find out if there was anything similar; it turns out that weavers have the closest thing to what I do already: the name draft. Here are the name draft instructions that have made the most sense to me so far.

I couldn’t entirely figure out how to make it work with the word weave, however, so I’m not going to post a draft for just that word. I think the word is a little too short for success with any of the possible encodings shown at the link.

## Something else

My next thought was to see if my needlework chart for weave could be converted into a weaving draft. After some conversations on Twitter after I asked for references to books about making such drafts (using a different chart as an example), I learned that it’s often easier to convert a weaving draft to stranded knitting than vice versa. I still hope to learn how in the future, but there really wasn’t time to figure it out if I wanted to make this post this week!

However, Lana Holden very kindly offered to make me a draft based on my chart for weave after looking at it to see if it was feasible, and here we are with a twill:

And summer-and-winter, birdseye style

## Tablet weaving?

I am even more a beginner with tablet weaving, so this is just an idea that might not work. (If you are a tablet weaver, what do you think?) But if I encode weave into base 4 numbers because square cards have four corners, I get 113 011 001 112 011. By adding 1 to each digit, I can convert that into 224 122 112 223 122. What would happen if I threaded cards with two colors so that color A was threaded through that sequence of numbers across 15 cards, with color B through all the other holes, and then mirrored across 15 more cards to make it look like a deliberate pattern? I have no idea whether it would work well as a design or not. Also, I know there are tablets with other numbers of holes, and to that end, here are some encodings:

2: 21222 11212 11112 21221 11212
3: 323 123 112 322 123
4: 224 122 112 223 122
5: 154 121 112 153 121
6: 46 16 12 45 16

Are two-hole tablets a thing? I could see them existing. Oh, hey, two-hole tablets are a thing!

Anyway, feel free to run with these ideas; I hope you have fun!