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Monday, July 15th, 2013
3:31 pm
Friday, August 17th, 2012
11:22 am
Skipped hole technique
This is the absolute LAST of my acrylic yarn. And what better way to get rid of it than to try out a new technique?

I've been buying cotton yarn and dabbling in plant dyes, so the tablet itch returned. I brought Candace Crockett's book along on the train and then I figured "Why not use the last of my acrylic yarn for the skipped hole technique?"

The skipped hole technique is mentioned (as far as I can tell), only on page 81, accompanying a picture of a silk band. The original pattern uses 18 cards, with a border of two cards wide. The rest of the cards are only half-threaded, leaving two holes open. The weft thread is a contrasting colour and because of the holes, you will get depressions in your weave where the shuttle thread shows. The way the cards and their holes are positioned defines the rest of the pattern.

Skipped hole technique
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I used the last of my red acrylic yarn and used ten cards, with a one-card border on each side. You can see it's pretty neat, and the effect shows even in fluffy acrylics. I really like how this turned out, but the very big downside to this technique is that your cards are really unstable. Because they are only held in place by two threads, they will want to twist and turn on their own and it's really easy to lose your place. At some point I was checking the rotation of each card at each turn. I tried weaving while holding onto the cards with at least one hand, but this didn't work very well.

I am unsure if rubber bands can stay on the cards while you're working, because that might help. Does anyone have experience with this?

As it is, I'll probably not even finish the rest of the warp length, but it was nice to try this out. I might make a bookmark of the small length I do have.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
11:45 am
Looking for recommendations: silk thread
I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a silk thread for use for tablet weaving.  I had a hard time narrowing down my options and so my first silk TW project was on kanagawa filament silk that was available at a local quilt shop.  It's really nice and works up beautifully, but it's pretty expensive ($3.50/20m, which adds up pretty quickly).  It's also hard to get an efficient length when you're having to work with divisions of 20 m.  it's about the size of a #12 crochet cotton (maybe a little more than 50 wraps per inch) which was perfect for me and my uses.

I'm considering using 2/30 gemstone silk for my next project.  At 50 wpi, it seems to be about the same size as the kanagawa but is much cheaper and comes on long 250 yd minicones.  I think it's a spun rather than filament silk, but I think I might deal with that if it behaves well in the cards.  Has anyone tried this before?
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
10:56 am
New techniques
Noelle asked if I could make her some garters for her elevation to the order of the Laurel in July, and gave me free reign over the design, so I decided to do not one but two techniques that were completely new to me:  brocading, and warp twine manipulation.  I'm playing a little fast and loose with specific time periods and places (though all of them are within the medieval period), mostly because I'm using design elements that are especially significant for the recipient (she really likes fleur-de-lis).  It's woven with a Kanagawa 1000 denier silk that the recipient purchased and sent my way, and the brocading is done with a Kreinik #8 braid.

Pictures!Collapse )
Monday, April 18th, 2011
2:29 pm
Card Weaving 'Zine
Last year I did one issue of a 'zine called The Card Weaver as a curiculum for a series of workshops I was trying to get going in the San Fransisco Bay Area. You can check out the 'zine here: http://zinelibrary.info/card-weaver-1.

I would like to do a second issue, and am seeking contributers! If you are interested, please let me know!

Current Mood: curious
Monday, March 21st, 2011
5:14 pm
Card Weaving Workshops in Tucson!

Hey everyone, I'm so glad I've found this community! I've got three card weaving workshops coming up in Tucson, Arizona this month if any of you all are interested! For more info please check http://www.bicas.org and/or http://dryriver.org.

Current Mood: happy
Saturday, December 4th, 2010
7:48 pm
Adding cards to my weaving project
As I was weaving on a purple trim in diamonds and chevrons, I realised my work was off-center. No wonder, as the right half of my work only had seven cards, and the left half had nine...

Time to graft two extra cards into the weave!Collapse )

Crossposted to card_weavers.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
9:31 pm
New project in pink, red, green
With the snow and terrible frost we've been having I'm at home with the flu. Which is a great inspiration to pick up card weaving again, I can tell you.

The sharp winter sun is playing havoc on my camera...sorry!

Read more...Collapse )

I'm thinking this pattern could also be really cute in this grass-green, using white and yellow to create "daisies" ...

Current Mood: sick
Thursday, July 29th, 2010
9:16 am
Learning Ram's Horn
After setting up the Ram's Horn pattern on my inkle loom, I posted here that I started weaving upside down. If only my troubles would have stopped there... after flipping my work over, there was no end to the mistakes I made.

I would lose track so often, it was very demotivating. Sometimes I'd forget if I'd turned one half of the cards. Sometimes I'd forget which way to turn. Sometimes I'd just continue on, hoping to get back to it (and recognise the point where I did!) but I never managed.

I often had to bring the cards back to the original starting position (and it didn't help not knowing whether A-B should be on top or D-A), and I used a spacer every time. At least I hoped the next bit would work out better... or maybe the next bit... or maybe the next bit then?
And the most frustrating part? No unweaving! Because I could hardly remember which way I was turning and which cards I had turned, I couldn't unweave my mistakes most of the time.

Finally I did learn the Ram's Horn.Collapse )

I've set up my inkle with a regular weave for now, but I'll try something a little less challenging for my next cardweaving project. But it's clear to me that the reason it was so much fun is because it was so difficult. It challenged me!
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
9:06 pm
My Experiments Beyond Cotton
I have finally taken some pictures of my last two projects. As I mentioned in the comment of an earlier post, I've been trying different types of yarn.
Cut for photos and what I learnedCollapse )
Friday, July 23rd, 2010
9:25 am
Weaving upside down
I'm sorry to post two days in a row in such a sleepy community still... *pokes members*

...but as I was setting up my tabletweaving project on my inkle loom I ran into a little hitch. I've read Candace Crockett's book on Card weaving, which goes step by step through the process of setting up. I followed it to the letter.

  • Thread the cards with the right colour threads in the right holes. Check.
  • Align the cards S and Z on the loom. Check.
  • Turn the cards so D and A are up. The cards 'face left' so if I look at the left hand side I see D on the left, and A on the right. If I look on the right hand side I see the back of my cards. Check.
  • Start turning the cards forward a couple of times and backwards a couple of times to set the weave. Check.

Then why is it that I'm weaving upside down? It looked nothing like the image of ramshorn, until I looked at the bottom of the band...

I managed to turn the whole thing upside down without losing track of my cards (I know, I should have tied them up) and get back to it, but it's frustrating. And now I recall that I had this problem in my earlier tablet weaving adventures as well. It's a little harder to turn your project over once it's strung on an inkle loom though!

I guess that I'm making a mess of S and Z threading, because I can't for the life of me figure it out. Anyone else have a clue?

Current Mood: frustrated
Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
2:52 pm
New weaver saying hi!
Here's to hoping some people still read this community. It's been awfully quiet since May 2008! *g*

I'm a new fan of tablet/card weaving. I've been working with rigid heddles for a while and just recently I've finally managed to get my mitts on an Ashford inkle loom which should help out so much!
After making two test bands on the inkle loom I'm finally ready to try my hand at tablet weaving again. I once made a band for around the hem of a kirtle, but it was so much work combing out the tangles and setting it up that I never got back to tablet weaving once I finished it.

Just recently I bought Candace Crockett's book "Card weaving" which was so inspiring I set up a new project yesterday.
Image under cutCollapse )

Right now I'm trying to get rid of my acrylics stash and switch to natural fibers. I can't wait to start working with cotton, but linen and silk sound really interesting to work with as well. But first to finish setting up this piece.

I just hope there's still people here, because the only other communities that looked interesting enough were either Russian or SCA and I am neither!
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
12:43 pm
Tablet weaving pattern on Weavezine
Saw this on Ravelry, didn't think to post it here.  But the latest issue of Weavezine has two tablet weaving articles.  One on oakenking 's complex weaving project and another one a simple pattern for a DPN case.  I'm making the project as a pen case for a friend who collects fountain pens. 

I'm hoping when this is done to set up a doublefaced project using Linda Hendrickson's calligraphy patterns.  School and family have kept me very busy, though, so mostly what I've done this year on the tabletweaving front is collect books.  At least that way when I do find time to weave I'll at least have materials on hand with which I can get something done!

Current Mood: busy
Monday, May 26th, 2008
11:08 pm
Beginning tablet weaver
So I'm on my second project, and as I progress along, I'm finding that the warp threads past my cards are getting more and more twisted with each full repeat I do.

Is there anyway to untangle those threads without untying the warp and combing it out again? Right now I rotate the cards all mostly forward (though not all at the same time). Would turning the cards backward help untwist the warp?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
5:25 pm
Hi! I just stumbled across this community while in search for some help! My name is Brighid MacCumhal in the SCA and I'm from the Middle Kingdom (Barony of Fenix/Cincinnati, OH). I've been doing tablet weaving for about 8 years or more now, though I haven't ever done anything more elaborate than Egyptian Diagonals.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnyway - onto my question! I've seen and heard about brocaded tablet weaving with silver (and gold) in the 16th century, and I've heard it's on clothes, though I've had a really hard time at finding good examples. Specifically, I'm looking at the potential application of using a tablet-woven brocade to decorate a shirt cuff instead of embroidery, though doublets would be close enough. Does anyone have any good sources they can point me at?

Many many thanks!

~ Brighid

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
10:56 am
Hello all. I'm a beginner tablet weaver, and I've never made a project that has to be a specific width before. I've offered to make a belt for a friend to fit some 5/8" hardware that he has. I'm wondering how to calculate how many tablets you need to get a certain width based on the wpi of the yarn.
It seems like it would be close to wpi = # of cards needed for 1" of width, but with the twining going on I'm not sure. Any thoughts?

The belt is going to be made of wool, with a yellow background and a green laurel branch going the length of it. I made up a nice pattern using the design tool at The Loomy Bin, but I need to know how many cards I will need in order to finalize it. He would like the belt by the end of the month, so I'd like to have the least trial and error possible.

Thanks for your help.
Friday, March 23rd, 2007
7:53 am
pics and a question
Sorry, I never did an introduction--I don't think.  *smacks head*  My brain runs out my ears some weeks. 

I'm a novice tablet weaver; was doing research on Bronze Age string skirts in Europe a year and a half ago, and Linda Hendrickson's website came up in Google.  I took one look and fell in love.  Managed to get to her studio for one class, and have been tootling along ever since.  Still trying to master Double-faced weave, and going back to threaded in for the time being.  I've got limited time to work, and too many hobbies, though tablet- weaving is my favorite.

I've made a couple of longer projects for my belly dancing costumes.  Pictures are on my website.  I'm still using mostly 5/2 perle cotton because fibers are so expensive and that's what I have the most of.  And for belts, I like the heavier weight, especially when I'm attaching heavy belly dance stuff to them.

My question is whether or not anyone has a source for leather patches to use as strap ends.  I haven't been able to find any; mostly I'm looking for something like what it on guitar straps and camera straps.  I don't want metal on what I'm using for belly dance and I'd like to put ties on, but I need something to reinforce the end of the belt.  Any suggestions would be appreciate; I was taking Google's name in vain after several hours of fruitless searching yesterday.

Oh, and does anyone have any good sources for icons with weaving? 

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
10:57 pm
Greetings all,

I too am a newbie at Tablet weaving - but really love it.

I am looking for some good instructions on how to doubleface, either online, in an article, or in a book. Does anyone have any suggestions. Alternately, for you SCAer, does anyone live on Insula Magna (or heck, even Lionsgate) that can show me?

I had on attempt - my version of 'winging it' - that did not turn out so well. I did manage to salvage it into a nice, simple little favour though as I hated to waste all that threading time.

Thank you to all who post their work here, I love seeing it. One day I'll get a digital camera and get around to doing that too.


Current Mood: creative
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
10:55 pm
New here
Hello everyone! A quick intro... I'm 28 and an art education student in Oregon. I discovered card weaving through the SCA. I'm still just beginning, as I don't have much time to work on it unforunately. I look forward to learning from everyone!!! :)
Friday, January 19th, 2007
1:19 pm
card/tablet size?
I have been looking at tablets from some retailers and they seem to be available in several sizes...from 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches or bigger. I'd like to make my own from a set of playing cards, but I don't know which size is best.

Is there a reason that the cards come in so many different sizes, or is it just preference?

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