Design a Name Draft

Name Draft
Name Draft

Words or names can be incorporated into weaving to create original designs. Using name drafting, secret messages can be sent in a piece of woven cloth.

By substituting each letter of the alphabet or numeric value for a particular thread or shaft, words can be hidden in the pattern of the fabric. On a 4 shaft loom, the letters of the alphabet can be arranged to correspond with the 4 shafts:

Shaft 1AEIMQUY
Shaft 2BFJNRVZ
Shaft 3CGKOSW.
Shaft 4DHLPTX

There are many different ways to design a name draft. Try it out, using your own name.
Experiment with different colours, codes and threadings to create your own signature piece. The following table shows one way of coding using an 8 Shaft loom. Sometimes you will need
to experiment with different coding systems to create a pleasing woven effect.

Shaft 1AIQY7
Shaft 2BJRZ8
Shaft 3CKS19
Shaft 4DLY20
Shaft 5EMU3.
Shaft 6FNV4
Shaft 7GOW5
Shaft 8HPX6

Using the above coding system, on an 8 shaft loom, ALLFIBERARTS.com would be drafted as
follows:


LETTER

SHAFT NO.LETTERSHAFT NOLETTERSHAFT NO
A1F6A1
L4I1R2
L4B4T4
E5S1
R2

And woven, this name draft would look like this

AFA Name Draft
AFA Name Draft


Name Drafting
Interweave Press has an article about how to do name draft weaving.

Name Drafting – Handwoven
Hidden Messages of Name Drafting
Name Drafting – PDF

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Last Updated on April 29, 2021 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi