Tablet Weaving

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.

Tablet Weaving Pattern

Tablet Weaving Pattern

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.

Modus Operendi

Modus Operendi

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.

Diamond Pattern

Diamond Pattern

After Weaving About Five Feet

After Weaving About Five Feet

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.

Published in: on September 7, 2010 at 8:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Viking Meet 2010

So, I haven’t written in forever.  This is all to blame on a trip to Sweden, getting married, and not really having a ton of time to really sew or do anything that should go on this blog.  However, this weekend, I, my wonderful husband Cody, my brother Kyle, and best friend Jessica all went to Elk Horn, Iowa for Viking Meet!

Highlight of the weekend for me?  I cooked.  For twenty people on average.  I had a lot of help though, from Jessica, Kyle, and Sean, my “kitchen slave”.  (We called him that because he wasn’t wearing any weapons that morning and got recruited to help me cook.)

Peeling Parsnips

Peeling Parsnips

Moving On To Carrots.

Moving On To Carrots.

The menu consisted of, for most meals, some kind of meat, usually Icelandic lamb, bread, cheese, apples, pears, and dried fruit.  Breakfast had a lot of eggs and bacon.  Yes, this is Viking correct.

With all the cooking I was doing, I didn’t get a lot of sewing or nalbinding done.  However, I did manage to finish some projects right before the meet, including Tim’s Byzantine kit:

Byzantine Warrior!

Byzantine Warrior!

Really Fierce Byzantine Warrior

Really Fierce Byzantine Warrior

I also made fighting kit for Jessica, but managed to not get a picture of it.  I’ll have her bring it here some day and snap a shot of it.  It turned out very nice– Lavender tunic, edged with dark blue, and blue pants.  For her first time fighting and being such a tiny girl, she did pretty well, but got tired early on holding the shield.  Also, her helm was too large.  Next time will be better, I’m sure.

Kyle also made arrows with Develon’s help, for Archery Merit Badge.  (He’s in Boy Scouts.)  They turned out very well!

Kyle With One of His Arrows

Kyle With One of His Arrows

Although we didn’t get to do much fighting, it was a good weekend of working on crafts, practicing Viking cooking, and overall fun with the Skjaldborg Vikings.  It’s hard to believe it’s been a year and a half since Kyle and I joined, and it is hard to believe that a year ago, we had no shoes, no wool blankets to sleep under, no spoons or wooden bowls to eat with, and only one set of kit each.  Now, Cody and Jessica have also joined, we each have better kit (I have three sets, even), Kyle and I slept in just wool blankets and linen and sheepskins (warmer by far than sleeping bags, in my opinion), and we have come to realize that Skjaldborg is like a large, amazing, family.

Thanks to everyone who made this weekend so great!

Phil's Awesome Tent

Phil's Awesome Tent

Sitting and Talking

Sitting and Talking

The Forge

The Forge

Interior of the Hjem

Interior of the Hjem

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