Patterns from Egon Hansen

Elisenhof E-417


The way Egon Hansen describes threading for the Elisenhof E-417 band ( as described on page 72 ) is not quite clear and even not quite right. On page 72 (The Animal Frieze of Evebø) he describes how to arrange odd- and even-numbered tablets to have the blue edges (dark threads) up. Looking at the pattern diagram on page 79 you can see that some tablets must have their red side (light threads) up. Taking care of that and analysing the first 4 turns of Hansen's pattern diagram the following threading diagram is achieved:

Elisenhof E-417, threading diagram

First row: top hole away weaver, second row: bottom hole away weaver, third row: bottom hole near weaver, fourth row: top hole near weaver.

Take care: I exchanged the dark and light colour in this threading diagram. In Hansen the dark threads form the lined pattern while I decided to use the dark thread as the background colour. This is just a matter of taste - I prefer light motifs on dark backgrounds.

Original pattern

Below you can see the original pattern and a weaving diagram adapted to the way I use to write weaving diagrams: White boxes representing forward turning, dark boxes representing backward turning. The patterns is repeated three times for a clearer design. Border tablets are ignored in all pictures and diagrams.

Elisenhof E-417, original patternElisenhof E-417, original weaving diagram


Obviously there seems to be an error for the rightmost tablet as the direction change is jagged there, while the leftmost tablet forms smooth diagonals in the direction change. The last two picks of tablet 19 must not be backward but forward turning to achieve a smooth diagonal there as well.

Another potential error seems to be the ending of the finished lines where the lines cross (tablet 7 pick 9 and tablet 13 pick 5). I have no idea if the original band also looks the way Hansen describes it in his pattern diagram, from the picture on page 67 one could imagine that these endings are jagged. Nevertheless I tried to smoothen these diagonals as well. There are two possible ways:

  1. Weaving a fully warp-twined diagonal structure for both diagonal borders.
  2. Using a long float in the lined motif and a warp-twining on one diagonal border.

Both possibilities are shown below, personally I prefer method 1 as I do not like too long floats in double-faced 3/1 broken twill weavings.

Method 1Method 2

Elisenhof pattern 1

Weaving diagram 1

Elisenhof pattern 2

Weaving diagram 2

All pictures made with GTT Version 1.14

© 04.06.2003 Guido Gehlhaar