WeaveMaker User's Manual — Tie-up Schemes Catalog
Production weaving on tie-up looms is no longer done, but many design-ers still like to design with a tie-up (some designs just make more sense that way). A tie-up allows for tromp-as- writ designs, which are often lovely. And the treadling which goes along with a tie-up frequently has a more obvious repeat than would the equivalent peg plan.

Similarly, the rules which Weave-Maker schemes employ are some-times more easily stated for a tie-up than for a peg plan. So WeaveMaker offers many tie-up schemes.

Since WeaveMaker will instantly convert any tie-up design into a peg plan design, feel free to design in either format.

WeaveMaker tie-ups may be broadly divided into two groups. One group, illustrated here, are general in nature and work well with a variety of threadings and treadlings. The second group (for example, summer-winter, overshot, huck, moire) are special-purpose ones designed to be used with specific threadings and treadlings. These are discussed in the “Whole-fabric Schemes Catalog” (see “Schemes, whole fabric” in the Index for details).

Twill Tie-up

The Twill tie-up scheme provides a wide variety of simple twills.

Double Twill Tie-up

The Double Twill tie-up scheme generates two twills within a single tie-up (one is on the even treadles, the other is on the odd treadles). Use these with a straight draw threading and treadling and notice that two distinct twills often appear (the effect is most obvious when the twills are strongly defined and run at a distinct angle to one another).

Wrapped Twill Tie-up

The Wrapped Twill tie-up scheme treats the tie-up like a barber’s pole, creating a twill which endlessly spirals within the tie-up. The effect combines left and right slanting twills which strongly connect, giving long, pronounced twill lines (this is particularly evident if the tie-up is square).

The scheme produces tie-ups with large blocks of black and white, which in turn lead to long, adjacent floats. While these produce strongly defined structures in the weave, they may not be acceptable fabrics. Using the pencil tool, you can quickly insert tabby into the tie-up, which usually will bring the floats under control without destroying the design.

Symmetric Tie-up

The Symmetric tie-up scheme produces tie-ups which are symmetric about the diagonal, hence the name. Works only in a square tie-up.

Try these with a tromp-as-writ treadling, using a straight draw threading, point draw (for more symmetry), or one of the thread-ing schemes which gives fairly long straight draws.

Latin Square Tie-up

The Latin Square tie-up scheme, while based on a mathematical concept com-pletely unrelated to weaving, nonetheless produces a huge variety of fine-grained patterns. Works only in a square tie-up. Try these with a tromp-as-writ treadling, using a straight draw threading, point draw (for larger figures), or one of the threading schemes which gives fairly long straight draws.