Saturday, 27 April 2019

Noughts and Crosses

If you've read my work, you'll know that I really enjoy designing warp-twining bands in the Scandinavian style, with many non-repeating motifs. Lately, I wanted something a little simpler, but still in the same style, so I came up with this one and I thought it would be fun to share it. Apart from the six selvedge tablets, it's twist neutral, so you won't get any build up of twist behind the pattern tablets. I've been flipping the selvedge tablets after every two repetitions of the draft. I wove it in King Cole Merino Blend 4-ply as it has a good range of colours and has the bonus of being superwash.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Tablet Weaving Draft Designer Updates

We've made some hopefully useful changes to TDD today.

Firstly, bug fixes:

The notice at the bottom of the drafts has been corrected so that the web address only has one http in it.

A typo in a line of code that was resetting the palette to defaults when the page was refreshed has been corrected (our thanks to Mark, who spotted it).

The instructions page now includes a note about using TDD for vacant-hole patterns.

Secondly, interface additions:

You can now choose how dark you want the grey backwards turn squares using a slider in the display section of the control panel. This should hopefully make TDD more useful for people who would prefer a greater level of contrast between the backgrounds of the two types of squares (our thanks to kjax, who inspired this addition during a Ravelry private message exchange).

The display section now also gives you the option to add a red horizontal line to the draft at the turning reversal points. I know many weavers prefer to mark this point as they weave by flipping tablets that need to change twining direction, rather than turning backwards or forwards.


The code for TDD is now available on Github at

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Tablet Weaving Draft Designer Updates

We've made a change to TDD so that it can generate drafts for vacant-hole technique patterns! In vacant-hole technique, one or more holes of the tablet are intentionally left empty. This will allow glimpses of weft on the surface of the band that would normally be covered by the warp threads.

In the palette on the control panel, the box "none" can now be used to remove threads from the threading diagram. This will leave blank boxes in the turning diagram, with the same white and grey backgrounds as before to denote turning direction. 

Previously, the "none" box could be selected to make clicks on the threading diagram change the warp alignment/ threading direction. This was in addition to alignment changes caused by clicking on the letters at the bottom of the diagram. Now the only way to change the alignment is to click on the letters.

Below is an example of a vacant-hole pattern:

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Tablet Weaving Draft Designer Updates

Just a quick bug fix this time, to make the ratio of border to oval stay the same no matter the size of the image. Previously, the border got smaller as the image size increased, eventually making the white threads indistinguishable from the background.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Threaded-In Vines

This pattern was inspired by work done by Shelagh Lewins on a band from the Oseburg ship burial (buried in 834 CE). It's a simple threaded-in pattern and is woven by turning the tablets continuously forwards (or by turning the tablets continuously backwards to work out built up twist). It's reversible, so the pattern appears on both sides of the band and would make a great selvedge pattern as part of a larger band.

This is an easy weave, as the tablet threadings produce the pattern so there's no need to make turning direction changes or keep count of numbers of turns. A perfect pattern to work on if you're new to tablet weaving.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Tablet Weaving Draft Designer Updates

New additions:

Visual Scale control as part of the Display section of the Control Panel. This can be used to increase the size of the draft, without changing the size of the Control Panel. It will also increase the resolution when exporting an image of the draft to .png or .jpeg.

Image Quality control added to the .png and .jpeg export preview. This starts at the same setting as your Visual Scale control and can also be used to increase the size and resolution of the image of the draft.

Added a link to this blog to the main page, below the link to the Instructions.

Adjustments to existing features:

Changes to the wording of the Instructions Page and the addition of a link to this blog.

Changes to the way the Control Panel behaves with input from keyboards to the Picks control.

Close preview button in the export preview moved to above the image of the draft rather than below.

Friday, 20 July 2018


In 2015 I wove some fabric on my 8-shaft table loom (the "big" loom), with the intention of making a sideless surcoat. I completely screwed up the cutting and ended up with pieces of precious fabric that were unusable for what I wanted. These days I always make a mock up garment out of scrap fabric before I put scissors to the actual garment fabric. 

When the sting of my foolishness had faded a year or so later, I used what pieces I had to make a satchel style bag. People who relied on hand looms for their textiles wouldn't have wasted such a resource, so I shouldn't either.

The almost finished bag, complete with tassels made from loom waste.

I designed a simple tablet weaving pattern for a strap to match the main fabric. This pattern is fairly straight forward, but does involve groups of tablets turning both forwards and backwards, so I would recommend it for an advanced beginner/ intermediate weaver.

The band woven in cottolin. The weft bumps along the edges disappear if the weft is pulled in tighter.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

A Weaver's Little Helper

When I weave, my cat Twist frequently gets bored and tries to turn my attention back to where it should be: him. He strums my warp like a guitar, flosses with fine silks and hunts any trailing weft threads as I work. I find that a squirt bottle of water is an essential weaving tool.

That's Nancy Spies Ecclesiastical Pomp& Aristocratic Circumstance he's asleep on there.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Rarity Trim

As part of an exchange, a friend once asked me to weave some trim based around Rarity from Hasbro's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. I chose to go with Rarity's cutie mark, elongated pale blue diamonds on a white background and added borders of purple to represent her mane. To make the diamonds elongated, I offset the turning reversals by one pick. I started off using a purple weft, but it showed through the white yarn of the main pattern too much, so I swapped it to a white weft. To avoid white weft spots against a purple selvedge, I used a white floating selvedge (an extra piece of yarn not controlled by the tablets which the shuttle went over on the way into the shed and under on the way out of the shed). If I wove it again, I would add an extra tablet on each side of the selvedge, carrying all white yarns.

I would place this band's difficulty level at advanced beginner/ intermediate. The pattern repeat is in multiples of 8 picks.

Thread your tablets as above.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Ermine Spots

Is it possible to tablet weave ermine spots? Absolutely!

I've come up with two options, both in double-face and can be done using the same warp, so you can try both and see which you prefer. The first one has a pattern repeat length of 12 picks/ rows.

You will need to flip the threading direction of 10 of the pattern tablets (6, 8, 10 ,12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24) before you try the second version of the pattern. The second version of the pattern has a pattern repeat of 24 picks/ rows.