Ask Madelyn: Tied Overshot Draft

Ask Madelyn

Hi Madelyn!

I was just reading your article on Tied Overshot (“The Draft: Tied Overshot,” Handwoven May/June 2016, pp. 16–18). Maybe I am missing something, but it doesn’t look like the drawdown and the treadling match in Figure 2, page 16.


Dear Sheila,

You are so right, and the treadling in the figure is wrong. Especially terrible about mistakes like this is the way they interfere with the reader’s understanding of exactly what you are trying so hard to explain. Mistakes are easy to make in drawings like these (though this is no excuse). This kind of drawing isn’t generated by a weaving program; it is created in a drawing program, where each mark is individually placed.

In Figure 2, the marks in the treadling are wrong. If you looked at the threads in the drawdown for each pick of weaving, you could figure out the correct treadling, but that is not a job the reader is supposed to have to do. So, readers, I am so sorry.

Revision of Madelyn's tied overshot draft from Handwoven magazine.
Revision to “The Draft: Tied Overshot” from Handwoven May/June 2016. Click to download the magazine and read the rest of Madelyn’s article on this versatile weave structure

If you compare Figure 2 with Figure 2 Revised, notice that the first half of the revised treadling is divided into two parts. First, tie-down 1 is raised with shaft 4; shaft 3 is down and a float goes over the second half of Block A, where shafts 2 and 3 are threaded together. Then, in the second part of the first half of the treadling, shaft 2 is raised with shaft 4, and the float goes over the first half of Block A, where shafts 1 and 3 are threaded together. The second half of the full treadling does the same thing in Block B (with shaft 4) when shaft 3 is raised.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are too many halves and ups and downs in all the words about this. The reality of what is happening in weaving is always simpler than words about it make it sound. And mistakes like this one only make it so much worse.

I hope this helps, and again, I am so sorry. I am always sorry to discover errors in anything we do, but grateful to have them pointed out so that corrections can be published.



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4 thoughts on “Ask Madelyn: Tied Overshot Draft

  1. I believe there used to be a link on the Weaving Today site (or maybe it was on the Interweave site) to HW Errata. There is a hard to find link on the Interweave Store site to Errata in some of the books published by Interweave, but not to HW magazine errata. It would be very helpful to have a prominent and direct link on both sites to the correct figures and/or text when articles in Handwoven contain errors. That way, the correction could be printed and placed in the magazine.

    1. Thanks for your feedback — sorry to hear it’s frustrating to find the errata. On Weaving Today, there’s a link to all errata down near the bottom left of every page. Here’s a direct link to that page. From there you can choose whether to view errata from magazines, books, or video workshops and find the specific ones you’re looking for.

      As far as having errata posted on the Interweave store, I can certainly see why that would be helpful. I will look into it and see if it’s possible in a future update. For now, hopefully knowing they’re available here on Weaving Today allows you to print your corrections as painlessly as possible. Sorry for any frustration you experienced looking for errata, and please let me know what else I can do to help. ~Andrea