I'm still working on some samitum patterns from this book. Is a nyone else planning to study from this book in 2018? I welcome anyone to discuss their studies with me in this group.


Oregon Weaver

Hello weavers,

This year I have decided to dive into the study of boundweave using Hoskin's book. After hours of theory and even more hours at the loom, I just couldn't figure out why I wasn't seeing the patterns develop on the cloth I was weaving. The set, warp and weft yarns, tie up, etc. followed the pattern samples in the book exactly but things still didn't look right. It wasn't until I took a look at the cloth from the opposite side that I could finally see the pattern develop.

I went back to the book and read more about the difference between sinking and rising shafts. I have a Schact Baby Wolf loom (rising sheds) and figured that this was why I was unable to see what I was weaving on the front of the cloth. I found it very frustrating that the author didn't point this out in the video or the book, particularly for weavers who are 100 percent self-taught.

That being said, can anyone in the group shed some light on this subject? The book shows how you can modify the tie up for sinking and rising sheds, but that only works if you are using a 1&2, 2&3, 3&4, and 1&4 tie up. How do you compensate for this when using a direct tie up of 1, 2, 3, 4? Or can you at all?

I'm glad I figured this out (the pattern on the reverse side), but disappointed that I am unable to see what I am weaving -- while weaving. It creates a challenge when you are experimenting with colors and various patterns.

Any assistance is very much appreciated!

Sara von Tresckow

With direct tieup you should be able to press two treadles at a time according to the recommendation for your rising shed loom.


Baby wolves have lamms and would be tied up as the diagram, except that if the tie up diagram is for a sinking shed (counterbalance)  you would tie up the white spaces.  Are you sure you don't have a Wolf pup?  That would be a smaller direct tie up, depressing two treadles atonce, as Sara directed.

Oli J

Hello Oregon Weaver,

You will need to raise the opposite shafts that are indicated in the drafts. If memory serves the bound weave section starts by lowers 1 shaft at s time. You will need to raise all the shafts except that one.

I hope that makes sense.