Back in March, I picked up a book on tablet weaving and a bundle of fifty cards. I got some wool and linen yarn, and intended to start weaving within the next couple of weeks, but I never got around to it. The summer passed, I kept seeing my book, envisioning tablet woven edging for my Viking clothing, and wanting to weave, but it never happened.
Yesterday, I finally started weaving.
I picked out a pattern from my book and changed it just a bit so I could have three colors, instead of the two it showed. Not content with the very basic patterns in the book, I picked one of the prettier ones further in. Knowing my limits, I didn’t pick this pattern, but I did choose one in which half the cards are threaded to the right, and half to the left. I had blue, green, and off-white yarn, and decided to use the off-white as my base, the blue as the pattern, and the green as the accent and the weft.
Tablet weaving is a warp-faced weave, so I had to measure out my warp in the colors for the pattern accordingly– 30 threads in the off-white, 16 threads in the blue, and 2 in the green. Since the pattern I had chosen would show the weft thread at each reversal of the card-turning direction, I used the same green for the accent and for the weft. This pattern uses twelve cards with four holes each.
Once my warp was measured, I combed the colors together, and threaded my cards. Unknown to me at the time, I threaded them all backwards, so I ended up with a jagged-edge pattern instead of the smooth curvy pattern I had envisioned. But I didn’t figure this out until I started weaving.
Since I have no loom, I literally tied myself into my work. I sat on the bed, with my belt on, the warp and working end attached to the belt, and the end of the warp knotted and looped around my right foot. This looked just a little ridiculous.
In no time at all, I was weaving. However, I soon noticed that my pattern wasn’t smooth. For a while, I thought the book had a typo in the directions, but soon realized my cards were just threaded backwards. Since the pattern was still pretty anyway, and I had learned from it, I continued for another few hours, until I ran out of warp, and finished a 6-foot length of tablet weaving.
I am certainly going to be tablet weaving more in the future, and will continue to post pictures of my work.
As for the nålbinding I kept mentioning a while back? I have finished a hat and a sock, but I keep forgetting to take pictures. I will have some soon, I promise.