About the Weaving Draft Project
Nancy's "M's & O's" Baby Blanket
Nancy McKenna's Scarf
Draft Blank form
My two looms are a Le Clerc overhead 60-inch colonial loom and a smaller Harrisville 36-inch four-harness kit loom (which was my first, and I adore it still). The Le Clerc's reeds are all Canadian and therefore are in metric, which sometimes makes drafting interesting to those of us who are mathematically challenged.
I also spin (on an Ashford), teach spinning and basic weaving, and both do and teach natural dying when asked to do workshops locally. I'm in the lucky position of having a very active fiber arts community in New Hampshire, with one of the best "sheep to shawl" contests and wool festivals held locally at the New Boston Sheep Festival every Mother's Day weekend in the spring.
I grew up in the South, and even though I've lived in New England for over a decade, I'll never be considered a Real New Englander. I slipped out of the shop quietly after winking a hello to the owner. I didn't want to burst the poor woman's bubble. And yes, she did buy the set of linens.
Anyway, if you’re interested, send original weaving drafts to my e-mail address and I’ll post them here on my pages. Perhaps we can even get some drafts going internationally--wouldn’t that be cool.
Feel free to use the draft here as a form: save this page in your Web browser and clip out the ASCii art in a text editor. Then just fill in the blanks in a text editor. (Or add more shafts if you have an 8-shaft pattern!)
Remember, only send original drafts--not from magazines or other copyrighted properties! The idea is to share our favorite pieces with each other.