The Weavers Overshot Challenge

Weavers Overshot Challenge Game Piece PackThe Weavers Overshot Challenge can be completed by an individual weaver or group of weavers as part of a guild one day or weekend workshop. The goal is to have a sampler that flows from color to color and row to row of pattern (at least different 8 designs) using overshot weaving techniques. The workshop is designed for 4 and 8 shaft table and floor looms. The Draft Solutions book contains both Lift Plans and Treadling drafts. No computer software required.

Time Requirement:
This challenge is intended to take 4-6 hours to draft and weave on a 4 or 8 shaft floor or table loom that has been pre-warped according to instructions.

When completing the challenge using your personal loom there is a minimum weaving skill required: The Ability to Warp a Loom.
Setting up the warp should be completed prior to starting this challenge. This process will require a weaver to determine their skill level for play and prepare a warp accordingly. It is suggested that brand new weavers should start with a loom already prepared for them.

YouTube Video showing some of the samples produced in the Weavers Overshot Challenge:

The Weavers Overshot Challenge has three components two of which can be ordered from Historic Weaving, and the third – the weft yarn can be ordered directly from Lunatic Fringe Yarns

Draft Solutions Workbook –  (One Draft Solution Book is needed for each weaver.) (If you are planning on using this package for a larger guild workshop – please contact me directly for a guild group license price). The digital draft package of files is also included in this package.

Game Piece Pack – (One game pack supports up to 10 weavers)

The Lunatic Fringe Munsell Color Wheel explained:

Ordering Link:   You will be ordering the full set plus three additional colors – Forest, Copper and Burnt Umber in 8 oz cones for a full guild workshop. This cost can be covered with a material fee for the workshop from each participant that equals the individual cone cost plus 1/20 of the shipping fee.


Levels of Play:
Beginning: weavers are not expect to know structures, develop drafts or treadling sequences. Beginners will make use of this book to obtain the necessary tie-ups, treadling sequences and lift plans to match the cards drawn from the Beginning Shuttle Pattern Deck – Rows 1-23. Beginner patterns will be the same across the whole warp.
Intermediate: weavers will be expected to begin to develop textile analysis skills by being able to devise and follow a treadling sequence that match the pattern cards drawn from the Beginner Shuttle Deck.
Intermediate weavers should be able to warp their own looms. Intermediate weavers will be working with a warp that has a reversing motif in the threading.
Advanced: weavers will begin with the intermediate level challenge, but also have the ability to manipulate the tie-up and can design or use a predefined treadling “tromp as writ” that matches the current threading.

Use the instructions for the motif builder to generate a brand new overshot threading pattern based on historic overshot coverlet patterns. Weavers will generate a pattern that will fits the number of threads in their warp, it will be unique to each individual.


Summary of The Weavers Overshot Challenge Learning Goals:
Overshot weaving while appearing to be a simple, even quaint structure is quite important to the understanding of weaving fundamentals.
Overshot is a structure that is part of the twill family. It was discovered that tie-ups could be changed to use most twill patterns.
An overshot draft can be woven on a wide variety of looms, with a 4 or more shafts. Overshot drafts can be woven face up or face down, or modified to include both design possibilities on both surfaces.
The different parts of the drafts (threading, tie-up and treadling) can be changed, and the weaver can still produce a beautiful, useable cloth. The possibilities can be almost infinite. We changed pattern rows, tie-ups and lift plans to demonstrate this property.
In this challenge changes were made to portions of weaving drafts but did not change weft fiber grist, setts, or color sequences in the warp. There are many adaptations that can be made in these areas as well.
Weavers learned about textile analysis on and off of the loom creating a draft from picture of a textile.
Participants who made use of the Motif Builder module also learned how to create overshot threadings from motifs to make an entirely new set of designs to explore.

Welcome to the New Studio

New Studio

Studio construction is complete, and now it is time to settle in and get back to business. Fall is around corner and you know that cooler weather and shorter days means it is the beginning of weaving season.

I will be available for lessons/workshops Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I can be available for a few Saturday workshops this fall as well. Please contact me (406-640-1651) to set up a session for you and your friends. I teach in my studio small groups, up to four students, but I can also make arrangements to make use of a larger space in Uptown Butte for larger groups when needed.

The cost of individual lessons is $25 per hour if you are providing your own loom and materials.

If you are taking a “Weave with me” workshop,  cost is $55, Workshops are 4 hours long and include instruction time and weaving time. You will have access to a warped 8 shaft table loom, and materials to complete a project.

Pre-warped 8 Shaft table looms can be rented for $25 per session. Looms stay in the studio at the end of the session.

I am also open for a weaver to bring their tableloom, or foldable wolf pup and be a visiting weaver in the studio for a few hours. If you need no instruction but just want the company of another weaver, what I ask you to do is give me a call so I can be sure I have a space ready for you.

I can also help you diagnose what is happening with your loom or your project. I do not offer repair services as I do not have a wood shop, but I do have a reasonable tool kit to make minor adjustments as needed.

My fun for the fall will to be set up my looms for holiday projects starting in October, I will let you know what projects are available on the looms and you can schedule your visit to make your handmade presents for the family this year.

Here is my invitation:  Come and “Weave with me” this fall.

Studio has easy access from I90 and I15. Located on South Montana St.

If you want to book a multi day session we can accommodate you. There is a Discovery KOA around the corner in the summer, several nice hotels with in a mile, and if you were into private guest rooms we have a modest one of those as well. Our goal is to have you enjoy your stay and have a pleasurable weaving experience.



Book Review – The Big Book of Weaving

Big Book of Weaving

The Big Book of Weaving – Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials by Laila Lundell has been my reading selection for the past few weeks. There are books that you speed through and they give you great ideas. This is a book that is perfectly suited for winter months when you can take time to digest a section before moving on to the next.

As an experienced weaver, I was not sure that this book would have many surprises for me. I was wrong. In each section I was able to pick up a new tip or trick that I had not yet tried.

The book is a wealth of information for weavers making use of Swedish style floor looms, there is an excellent write up of dressing a floor loom using the front to back method in which the weaver pre-sleys a reed instead of using a raddle.

Laila also describes in detail the hanging of counter balance horses, as well as detailing the set up of lamms and tying them up.

There is also a great explanation of how to adjust the shed on a countermarche loom.

This book has often been used as a textbook for new weavers wanting to know how to get started with their first floor loom. The project sequence starts from the very beginning using plain weave and moves through pattern weaving. The author presents both 4 and 8 shaft projects for each type of weaving.

Projects that I found quite interesting – “Kitchen Towels with Small Blocks” that can be woven with 16/2 cotton. In this project Ms. Lundell also offers a complete project plan for weaving the bands needed for hanging towels. A great mystery solved!

I found her explanation of reading and writing warp sequences helpful for planning striped warps. She also explains how to adjust these sequences to meet the needs of your loom width and your particular project.

If making a drawdown from your draft is difficult there is also a easy to understand section in the book that describes in detail how this process is completed.

The most stellar explanation for me as an experienced weaver was the section on warp spacing where she explains how you can use multiple ends in warping at one time and how they are to be pre-sleyed into the reed so that you do not need to cut ends or use a raddle to spread the warp.

The author also discusses Rag Rug making and planning and loom set up in detail. If making a rag rug for the first time you will want to review this section before setting up your next project.

There is a section on Warp printed fabric, in which she discusses materials for the dye, and the process of applying the color to the warp in detail. This is a planned future project for me.

I was fascinated by the Inlay weaving technique descriptions:
• H-V Technique
• Russia
• Dukagang
• Small and Large Dots
• Loop Technique
• Kilim
• Crabba
• Half Crabba

There are also detailed instructions on how to make use of a cartoon on a floor loom.

The author explains the use of a temple and the problems that it can solve for you.
The book contains detailed instructions on how to construct measuring templates for pattern repeats and for plaids.

This is a book that I expect weavers will consult often.

Best Quotes:
“Weaving truly is a big journey of discovery!”

“Choosing the right materials for a weaving takes a lot of knowledge. It’s a good idea to train your eyes and fingertips to become familiar with various materials and to learn about their special qualities”

“Producing and comparing a variety of swatches, some good an some not-so-good, will help you tremendously when you plan a new project”

Project Summary:
Kitchen Towels with Small Blocks
Striped Kitchen Hand Towels
Twill Rag Rug
Striped Pillows
Color-Effect Mohair Throw
A Small Alpaca Throw
Small Reverse-Treadled Rag Rug
Cord-Striped Bags
Checked Fabric
Long Table Runner in Rep Weave
Large Checked Rep Rug
Rosepath Band
Cotton Summer Curtains
Bags with Bead Panels
Large Alpaca Shawl
Decorative Rosepath Weaving
Boa with Rya Knots
Slit Rya for a Bench
Dice-Weave Pillow
Double Width Throw
Decorative Weaving with Paper Yarn
Paper Yarn Screen
Warp-Printed Fabric
Half-Linen Mats
Inlay Rag Rug
Old-Fashioned Weaving
Rag Rug x 2
Bathroom Mats
Alpaca Scarf
Four Decorative Sample Strips
Transparent Interior Furnishing Fabric
Furnishing Fabrics x 2
Room Divider
Cotton Baby Blankets
Linen Table Runners and Hand Towels
Coordinated Furnishing Fabrics
Colorful Pillows
Picnic Blanket
Woolen Baby Blanket

Link to The Big Book of Weaving on the weaving resources page:

The Historic Reticule Project

Historic Reticule Project

The Historic Reticule Project began with a trip to a museum just prior to the pandemic of 2020. It was the last trip I would be able to take to a public venue for the entire year. Little did I know at the time it was the beginning of a time of intense research from my home studio. Follow a researcher’s progress from concept to cloth. The entire process occupied my loom for the better part of 6 months. I was not in a hurry as there was no place to go.  I share with you my candid process videos, the draft files from profile to final draft, *.wif files that you can load into your computer processing software. Experience the designer’s process starting from a historic object and moving to a final contemporary piece of Overshot weaving.

The learning begins with photographic textile analysis, moves to drafting and sampling to verify that the theory is correct before committing to the final warp. The entire package includes 19 drafts, and 9 woven samples. During the process I took time to video my weaving critiques of the work and the learning I had along the way. This a rare insight into what goes on behind the scenes in my weaving life.

To purchase the Historic Reticule Project Package: Click Here

Your purchase of a project or package from this website, helps to fund my historic weaving research. Thank you for your support.

Just Getting Started Weaving?

Are you a new weaver?

Are you confused as to how to get started?

There are now four online instruction modules available from Historic Weaving designed to ease you into the weaving world.

I use these modules when I teach in person with my mobile weaving studio.  The looms I use for my instruction in my mobile studio are Ashford “Katie” table looms. While the looms are small in scale and quite portable, the methods that I present are the same ones used by professional weavers weaving on large looms. I present new tools with the methods to save time and effort and provide excellent results.

Clicking the links below will take you to the shop pages for the individual products:

Illustrated Weaving Glossary

Warp Calculator

Getting Warped

Drafting Solutions

New online instruction – Getting Warped

Getting Warped

Do you struggle with warping your table loom? Would you like to reduce the time it takes to warp your next project  while reducing threading errors and tension issues?

Learning to warp front to back can make your weaving look better and be less stressful. Spend more time designing and weaving than you do dressing the loom.

This method of warping works for both table looms and floor looms.

The illustrated guide contains many photos fully document the process and tools.

Instruction includes an example project to ensure you have the chance to practice your new weaving skills.

The concept of project planning is included and you can see how a warp calculated project worksheet is used to build a warp.

Click here to purchase – Getting Warped

Openings for Getting Warped

Getting Warped

Getting Warped

Local weavers, I have found there are 2 spots open in the next running of Getting Warped (April 12/13) and in the Historical Horizontal Stripes (April 26/27) Adult Continuing Education classes running through Bozeman Adult Education.


What will you learn:

Getting Warped: Beginning Warp Calculations (planning the warp). Using a Vertical Warping Mill, and Front to Back Warping on a table loom using the reed. You will plan, warp a loom and weave a project in 4 hours of class time


Historic Horizontal Stripes: How they were used and where to find them using Art pieces on display in museums, and online research. Discover how they were created using standard looms, not just tablet weaving or drawlooms. Learn about the earliest weaving books and what they have to offer to weavers today. Learn new weaving techniques using loom control and pickup without pain. You will also weave horizontal stripes of your own during 4 hours of class time.


Time and Location Mon/Tue 6pm to 8 pm, at the Willson School on the second floor. (Accessible as there is an elevator if needed).


Cost of workshop is $47. Looms and materials and handouts are provided.


To Register: look on the list on the left side of the page. It’s about half way down.

2019 Christmas Tree

2019 Christmas Tree

It is Christmas time again. I have been able to get back to the drawloom this winter and I designed and wove a new Christmas Tree using the rules for Opphamta.  My original inspiration was a counted cross stitch design that I saw on Pinterest. The design as I first saw it was not suitable for weaving in Opphamta. I made the necessary modifications and discovered that it can be woven on a drawloom that has 41 blocks. This can be accomplished with either a single unit drawloom, or a 50 shaft drawloom. The pattern can be modified to be woven on looms with less than 40 blocks by eliminating the rows from the bottom of the tree.

If you are interested in purchasing the original piece that I wove on the drawloom, please contact me via email, or PM me on facebook.

If you are more interested in weaving your own tree. I have posted the *.wif file for the draft in my shop:  it is a $3 download.



Weave with me workshop

Weave with me workshop

2019 has been a very interesting year. I had reconstructive surgery on my ankle in February and have been under going physical therapy to improve my ability to use the ankle most of this year. I have recently completed my full time work with Oracle and now find myself able to devote more of my time and energy to my weaving and Fine Art studio practices. I have begun offering introductory hand weaving workshops through the adult education programs in Bozeman and Ennis. I expect to continue this opportunity in 2020.

I now offer individual and small group instruction at my studio as well.  A fee of $55 per student will cover loom access, materials and 6 hours of instruction. Workshops run from 10 am until 4 pm with a lunch break. Maximum workshop size is 4 participants, this arrangement allows for one on one attention. Participants will be using modern table looms and professional weaving techniques. See my workshop proposal page for workshop topics and course details.

2020 is year planned for professional creative growth, both in my capacity to bring weaving workshops to the public and my private studio practice on the drawloom. I intend to be busy at my large looms a good portion of my week. I will be both designing and weaving new pieces to share with you. I hope that you will continue to join my on my journey through time as an historical weaver.






“Mournin’ Max” Sneak Preview

"Mournin Max"

“Mournin’ Max” – by Elizabeth Tritthart

Coming shortly to this website’s store:

The story behind the weaving of “Mournin’ Max”, my summer research and my learning while on the road with my loom.

A collection of the “Mournin’ Max” project overshot drafts for both 4 shaft and 8 shaft looms based on the work of Mary Meigs Atwater. Draft package will be available in .wif files for weavers with weaving software, and pdf format for those that do not have weaving software.

A “Mournin’ Max” Weaving Challenge 108 card deck, and a companion Draft Solutions book. Perfect for a full day guild weave-along or workshop. Designed to introduce weavers to the concept of building a draft from looking at a textile.

Who was Max anyway, and why would someone mourn him?

Mourning Max Sneak Preview

“Mournin’ Max” the story behind the weaving

Draft Solutions Book Cover

Draft Solutions Book Cover

Sample Draft Solution Page

Sample Draft Solution Page

Mournin' Max Weaving Challenge Card Deck

“Mournin’ Max” Weaving Challenge Example

Detail of "Mournin' Max"

Detail of “Mournin’ Max”

Fall Workshops

Historic Weaving Mobile Studio Set up

Historic Weaving’s Mobile Studio Setup

Last weekend was my first Continuing Education Weaving Workshop in Ennis.  I met four new weavers and we had a wonderful time learning about weaving and these beautiful looms.  I can’t wait to see everyone again in my studio. It was a great experience preparing the lessons and the looms.  I have found that the studio packs well into my motor home, leaving me with plenty of space to rest at the end of a whirlwind day. Our one day “Let’s Get Started Weaving” Workshop was held from 10am until 4pm.


Historic Weaving's Classroom Setup

Historic Weaving’s Classroom Setup

Color Station

Historic Weaving Mobile Studio Color Station

Testing of the “50 Shades of Grey” warp

I was first inspired by a pen in and ink drawing I saw on Pinterest but in my excitement, I did not capture it and now I can’t get it back in my feed to credit it properly. It was a museum piece from the Bauhaus era, which is why it spoke to me.

I decided to see if I could weave it on a loom, specifically on a 4 or 8 shaft loom.

Turns out it was very possible. I did the sample twice on the warp you see here, once in plain weave and again using a straight twill. The twill I think most closely matches the look I was going for.

There are many more experiments to try. Clasped weft (black and white), color substitution in weft, Solid color in weft. It goes on and on, and no two will be alike.


Historic Weaving is participating in Bozeman OPEN Studios Tour

You will want to save the date for this event. Historic Weaving is opening its doors to the touring public on November 3 & 4, 2018

Learn how art is made first hand by visiting local artists studios.

In my, case I will have a studio full of looms ready for you to try your hand at weaving for the first time. Be certain to allow enough time to sit for a few minutes and learn to throw a shuttle. Its not very complicated, at least for the projects I have prepared for you.

I will also be serving fine finger foods to stave off those cravings you get while roaming the countryside in search of great artists and their art.

Of course, you will have the opportunity to purchase handwoven gifts, just in time for the gift giving season.


I look forward to seeing you and having you weave with me.