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Best of Handwoven, Technique Series: Twills on Four Shafts eBook

Project Type Table Linens/Kitchen, Towels, Pillows, Home, Blankets
Loom Type Multi-Shaft Floor or Table
Number of Shafts 4
Weave Structures Twill
Author Handwoven Contributors
Format eBook

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In Marguerite Porter Davison's book A Handweaver's Pattern Book the clear implication that you can thread one of an amazing number of twills and then, by varying the treadling, weave an even more amazing number of patterns. Since the middle of the last century, weavers have been putting this awareness to use.

This eBook gives you the tools to extend the twills found in Davison's book along with those in many other resources into original designs. Each project in this eBook presents a type of twill with how-to information for drafting and designing it in addition to a beautiful project to weave.

A type of twill developed very recently but not considered suitable for four shafts is also included here in Barbara Elkins's 4-shaft advancing-twill adaptation. From simple twill stripes to pick-up mock-satin damask, this book has what you need to make other weavers exclaim when they see your fabrics: "Surely that took more than four shafts!"


  • Advancing-Twill Placemats and Runner by Barbara Elkins
  • Twills with a Twist: Undulation by Design by Doramay Keasbey
  • Simple Twill Towels by Margaret Gaynes
  • Twill Basics by Madelyn van der Hoogt
  • Pillow in Bird’s-Eye Twill by Matilda MacGeorge
  • Blue Plaid Lap Robe in Dornick Twill by Sharon Alderman
  • Glowing Embers Scarf by Leslie Voiers
  • Twill-Block Towels on Four Shafts by Gloria Martin
  • White Rabbit Tea Towels by Alison Irwin
  • Nine-Patch Picnic Mats by Alison Irwin
  • Minuet in Color: Runner and Mats by Tracy Kaestner
  • Variations on a Musical Theme: Two Scarves by Doramay Keasbey

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