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Saturday, 13 November 2021

Tablet Weaving Diaries Video Playlist

I'm collecting my diary project videos into a playlist, which I'll be adding to as I go.


Sunday, 7 November 2021

Tablet Weaving Diaries

I'm embarking on a new band soon and I'm planning to document each step along the way with a short video. I'll be sharing the videos on YouTube and Instagram (I'm @tabletweaving over there) as well as here on my blog. 

If you'd like to join me, the draft I will be using is the one below. It's a new botanical draft I just finished designing and I've named it Sweet Pea (my favourite flower). Interestingly, it uses motif lines in two different colours: green for the pea pods, leaves and stems and red for the flowers themselves.

A tablet weaving draft for 38 tablets, formed by a grid with white or grey backgrounds to squares to describe turning directions and white, red or green ovals to represent threads

You can download the TDD file for this draft by clicking here.

The text version of the draft is as follows:

  • Threading:

    1. S threaded tablet
      1. Monza (#c60042)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Monza (#c60042)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    2. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Monza (#c60042)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Monza (#c60042)
    3. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    4. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    5. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    6. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    7. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    8. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    9. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    10. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    11. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    12. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    13. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    14. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    15. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    16. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    17. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    18. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    19. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    20. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    21. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    22. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    23. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    24. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    25. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    26. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    27. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    28. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Monza (#c60042)
    29. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Monza (#c60042)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    30. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Monza (#c60042)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    31. S threaded tablet
      1. Monza (#c60042)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    32. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Monza (#c60042)
    33. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Monza (#c60042)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    34. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Monza (#c60042)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    35. S threaded tablet
      1. Monza (#c60042)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    36. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    37. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Monza (#c60042)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Monza (#c60042)
    38. Z threaded tablet
      1. Monza (#c60042)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Monza (#c60042)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)

  • Turning:

    1. 7F 12B 12F 4B 3F
    2. 7F 12B 12F 4B 3F
    3. 7F 6B 6F 6B 6F 4B 3F
    4. 7F 6B 6F 6B 6F 4B 3F
    5. 3F 2B 2F 8B 4F 8B 4F 2B 5F
    6. 3F 2B 2F 8B 4F 8B 4F 2B 5F
    7. 5F 4B 6F 8B 10F 2B 3F
    8. 5F 4B 6F 8B 10F 2B 3F
    9. 3F 8B 4F 4B 4F 2B 4F 4B 5F
    10. 3F 8B 4F 4B 4F 2B 4F 4B 5F
    11. 11F 6B 8F 2B 2F 2B 2F 2B 3F
    12. 11F 6B 8F 2B 2F 2B 2F 2B 3F
    13. 3F 2B 6F 4B 12F 4B 7F
    14. 3F 2B 6F 4B 12F 4B 7F
    15. 3F 2B 2F 6B 2F 10B 2F 4B 7F
    16. 3F 2B 2F 6B 2F 10B 2F 4B 7F
    17. 7F 4B 4F 12B 2F 2B 2F 2B 3F
    18. 7F 4B 4F 12B 2F 2B 2F 2B 3F
    19. 3F 6B 2F 12B 15F
    20. 3F 6B 2F 12B 15F
    21. 3F 4B 4F 8B 4F 2B 8F 2B 3F
    22. 3F 4B 4F 8B 4F 2B 8F 2B 3F
    23. 3F 2B 2F 10B 8F 6B 7F
    24. 3F 2B 2F 10B 8F 6B 7F

The Drachenwald Arts Challenge AS 56: Nålbindning

I've wanted to learn nålbindning for a few years now, so when it was included in the Drachenwald Arts Challenge, I decided that now is as good a time as any. I get cold easily, so my goal was to make a pair of mittens and a pair of ankle warmers to wear at SCA events. It was a really interesting learning curve, as I learned to knit (but not purl, helpfully) and crochet before I started forming permanent memories, so I'm used to picking up yarn and it doing what I want without a lot of thinking. There was not a small amount of swearing before I got the hang of the hand movements required.

I'm using Nalbinding: What in the World is That? by Ulrike Claßen Büttner as my guide and working in the Oslo stitch, as it was the first on the list and appeared to be the simplest (I do plan to learn more stitches in the future). At first I started using some King Cole Merino Blend Chunky (discontinued) left over from knitting a sweater a few years ago and after multiple false starts, managed to come up with a starting chain that I was pleased with and had reasonably even tension. 

Next, I went back to the book and worked my way through the section on joining in the round and producing a tube. After that, I worked out how to do increases and decreases through trial and error and started on my first mitten. Being a veteran knitter and crocheter definitely helped here, as I worked increases for the thumb gusset about where I would have done in either of those techniques. I was reasonably pleased with the result, although I completely under estimated the amount of yarn required and didn't have enough for a second mitten. I also learned that my yarn choice wasn't great, as the fabric I produced is pretty loose and I doubt it would stop even a gentle breeze.

Next, to work further on building up muscle memory, I decided to make my ankle warmers. This time, I was making just a simple straight tube, without increases or decreases, and it went pretty well. I think the hardest part was trying to make the two of them in roughly the same size. I used almost all of an undyed skein of West Yorkshire Spinners 100% Norwegian wool roving yarn held double. I received it a few years ago as part of a natural dyeing kit, but never used it as I don't like the way that singles yarns behave when knitted, so I was pleased to find a use for it. I was much happier with the fabric, especially with how dense and warm it is.

Feet in brown medieval leather shoes, poking out from under a brown checked wool skirt, with white wool nalbinded tubes covering the ankles in between, photographed against a grassy background

Having completed my ankle warmers, I turned my attention back to mittens. I dug around in my yarn stash and pulled out several balls of my very first handspun. It's 100% merino 2-ply, with one white ply and one green/teal ply, and varies between chunky and super chunky weight. One mitten is very definitely bigger than the other, so next time I plan to work the starting chain and join for working in the round for both mittens before I work the cuff of the first one, to help with consistency.

A pair of nalbinded mittens, one worn on a hand, in yarn with flecks of teal and white, photographed against a brown checked fabric background

Sunday, 31 October 2021

Translating Tablet Weaving Draft Designer (TDD)

When you load Tablet Weaving Draft Designer, it checks what you have set as your primary language on your system and if it can, it will use that language. It currently only supports English and Japanese, defaulting to English if neither of those is your primary. Earlier this year, Riko122 kindly messaged us with the offer to write a Japanese translation of the TDD interface. If anyone else out there would be willing to help with translations into any more languages, we'd love to hear from you! 

You don't need to be a programmer to help with this, you just need to be familiar with the equivalent terms for the different TDD labels in the language that you're translating them into. If you message us the translated terms, we'll walk you through adding them to the code.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

New Book!

I'm finally ready to share what I've been working on these past months: a revised edition of my second book Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Vacant-Hole Pinwheels. I've learned a lot about writing, photography and book production since 2019 when I released the first edition (including how to put text on the spines of the hard-copies!), so after I completed the revision of my first book (Warp-Twined Angles), I turned my attention to Vacant-Hole Pinwheels

As part of the revision, I added an extra draft to the book, so if you already have the first edition and don't want to buy the entire thing again, you can find the extra draft here. I also corrected the small errors in Pinwheels 23 and 24. I'll be leaving the errata page for them where it is for owners of the first edition. Again, my thanks go to Mark R. who spotted the error in the two drafts.

My next book project is something entirely new and will hopefully be ready to share in the spring of next year.

A photo of a tablet woven band arranged to fill the frame, woven in white with orange edges and patterned with purple diagonal lines forming complex pinwheels and S shapes


Clover

A close up photo of a textured white and purple tablet woven band with orange edges, patterned with a four leaf clover shape in the middle and twisted knot motifs on either side

When I was writing the revised edition of my book Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Vacant-Hole Pinwheels, I added an extra draft to the section that covers the narrow band edging the vestigial hood (the triangle shape at the centre top) of the Hildesheim Cope. I'm sharing it on my blog as well, so that anyone who already has the first edition, but doesn't want to buy a new copy just for one new draft, can grab it here.

A tablet weaving draft for 42 tablets, represented as a grid with the threading diagram at the bottom and squares with grey and white backgrounds in the turning diagram to show the turning directions for the tablets

You can download the TDD file for this draft by clicking here.

In the following text version of the draft, "Empty" denotes a vacant hole.

  • Threading:

    1. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    2. S threaded tablet
      1. Pizazz (#ff8800)
      2. Pizazz (#ff8800)
      3. Pizazz (#ff8800)
      4. Pizazz (#ff8800)
    3. Z threaded tablet
      1. Flirt (#990099)
      2. Flirt (#990099)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    4. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    5. S threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    6. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Flirt (#990099)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    7. S threaded tablet
      1. Flirt (#990099)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    8. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    9. S threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    10. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Flirt (#990099)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    11. S threaded tablet
      1. Flirt (#990099)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    12. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    13. S threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    14. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Flirt (#990099)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    15. S threaded tablet
      1. Flirt (#990099)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    16. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    17. S threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    18. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Flirt (#990099)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    19. S threaded tablet
      1. Flirt (#990099)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    20. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    21. S threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    22. Z threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    23. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    24. Z threaded tablet
      1. Flirt (#990099)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    25. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Flirt (#990099)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    26. Z threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    27. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    28. Z threaded tablet
      1. Flirt (#990099)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    29. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Flirt (#990099)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    30. Z threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    31. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    32. Z threaded tablet
      1. Flirt (#990099)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    33. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Flirt (#990099)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    34. Z threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    35. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    36. Z threaded tablet
      1. Flirt (#990099)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    37. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Flirt (#990099)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    38. Z threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    39. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    40. S threaded tablet
      1. Flirt (#990099)
      2. Flirt (#990099)
      3. Flirt (#990099)
      4. Flirt (#990099)
    41. Z threaded tablet
      1. Pizazz (#ff8800)
      2. Pizazz (#ff8800)
      3. Pizazz (#ff8800)
      4. Pizazz (#ff8800)
    42. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)

  • Turning:

    1. 5F 6B 2F 16B 6F 2B 5F
    2. 5F 6B 2F 16B 6F 2B 5F
    3. 7F 2B 4F 16B 4F 6B 3F
    4. 7F 2B 4F 16B 4F 6B 3F
    5. 13F 16B 6F 4B 3F
    6. 13F 16B 6F 4B 3F
    7. 3F 2B 8F 16B 8F 2B 3F
    8. 3F 2B 8F 16B 8F 2B 3F
    9. 5F 8B 16F 8B 5F
    10. 5F 8B 16F 8B 5F
    11. 5F 8B 16F 8B 5F
    12. 5F 8B 16F 8B 5F
    13. 5F 8B 4F 8B 4F 8B 5F
    14. 5F 8B 4F 8B 4F 8B 5F
    15. 5F 8B 4F 8B 4F 8B 5F
    16. 5F 8B 4F 8B 4F 8B 5F
    17. 3F 2B 8F 4B 8F 4B 8F 2B 3F
    18. 3F 2B 8F 4B 8F 4B 8F 2B 3F
    19. 3F 2B 8F 4B 8F 4B 8F 2B 3F
    20. 3F 2B 8F 4B 8F 4B 8F 2B 3F
    21. 3F 2B 8F 16B 8F 2B 3F
    22. 3F 2B 8F 16B 8F 2B 3F
    23. 3F 2B 8F 16B 8F 2B 3F
    24. 3F 2B 8F 16B 8F 2B 3F
    25. 5F 8B 16F 8B 5F
    26. 5F 8B 16F 8B 5F
    27. 7F 6B 16F 10B 3F
    28. 7F 6B 16F 10B 3F
    29. 9F 4B 16F 4B 2F 4B 3F
    30. 9F 4B 16F 4B 2F 4B 3F
    31. 3F 2B 2F 6B 16F 2B 6F 2B 3F
    32. 3F 2B 2F 6B 16F 2B 6F 2B 3F
As with all of the free drafts/ patterns on this site, you are welcome to weave them, sell bands woven using them, and use them to teach other weavers, just as long as you state where you found them.

Monday, 4 October 2021

Twill Triangles

A photo of a green and white tablet woven band, placed horizontally across the frame against a leafy background and patterned with green triangles between wide white and narrow green diagonal lines

One structure that I don't weave very often is 3/1 broken twill double-face. Over the years I've done a lot with simple double-face (Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Double-Face Inscriptions and Ermine Spots, for example), where the tablets are threaded so that they will produce horizontal bars from selvedge to selvedge if all turned together in the same direction. In twill double-face, the tablets carry two dark threads and two light threads, just like for simple double-face, but are arranged so that they will produce diagonal lines if turned continuously. This means that in order to weave sections of a single colour, turning direction changes must be staggered, rather than all done at the same time as they are in simple double-face. If you're anything like me, this makes keeping a strict count of the pick you are on absolutely essential. I use the horizontal ruler in TDD to help me keep my place, moving it up after I turn the tablets for each pick, but other types of row counters will work too. 

The draft for this band works a little differently compared to the others on my blog, in that there is a set up row/pick. I've placed a black line between picks 1 and 2 to indicate that after the first repetition of the draft, you should begin from pick 2, ignoring pick 1. I've also added a note to the text version of the draft to the same effect.

A tablet weaving draft for 13 tablets in green and white, with forward turns with a white background and backward turns with a grey background

You can download the TDD file for this draft by clicking here.

The text version of this draft is as follows:

  • Threading:

    1. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    2. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    3. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    4. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    5. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    6. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    7. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    8. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    9. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    10. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    11. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    12. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    13. S threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)

  • Turning:

    1. (set up pick- only weave this pick on the first repeat of the draft) 5F 1B 7F
    2. (start here from the second repeat onwards) 4F 2B 7F
    3. 3F 2B 4F 1B 3F
    4. 3F 1B 4F 2B 3F
    5. 7F 2B 4F
    6. 6F 2B 5F
    7. 5F 2B 6F
    8. 4F 2B 7F
    9. 3F 2B 8F
    10. 3F 1B 9F
    11. 9F 1B 3F
    12. 8F 2B 3F
    13. 7F 2B 4F
    14. 6F 2B 5F
    15. 5F 2B 6F
    16. 4F 2B 7F
    17. 3F 2B 4F 1B 3F
    18. 3F 1B 4F 2B 3F
    19. 7F 2B 4F
    20. 6F 2B 5F
    21. 5F 2B 2F 1B 3F
    22. 3F 2B 2F 2B 4F
    23. 3F 3B 2F 2B 3F
    24. 3F 4B 2F 1B 3F
    25. 4F 4B 5F
    26. 5F 4B 4F
    27. 3F 1B 2F 4B 3F
    28. 3F 2B 2F 3B 3F
    29. 3F 3B 2F 2B 3F
    30. 3F 4B 2F 1B 3F
    31. 3F 5B 5F
    32. 3F 6B 4F
    33. 4F 6B 3F
    34. 5F 5B 3F
    35. 3F 1B 2F 4B 3F
    36. 3F 2B 2F 3B 3F
    37. 3F 3B 2F 2B 3F
    38. 3F 4B 2F 1B 3F
    39. 4F 4B 5F
    40. 5F 4B 4F
    41. 3F 1B 2F 4B 3F
    42. 3F 2B 2F 3B 3F
    43. 4F 2B 2F 2B 3F
    44. 3F 1B 2F 2B 5F
    45. 5F 2B 6F

As with all of the free drafts/ patterns on this site, you are welcome to weave them, sell bands woven using them, and use them to teach other weavers, just as long as you state where you found them.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

TDD Update: Copyright of Drafts

To clarify copyright issues and how drafts made with TDD may be used, we've added a link to the main page, leading to a new page. On the new page, you will find the following text:


  • Tabletweaving Draft Designer is provided free of charge for use in creating, editing, viewing, and otherwise working with tablet weaving drafts. We do not currently plan to ever charge for it.
  • Any draft created using this software belongs to THE PERSON WHO DESIGNED IT, and that person may use it however they wish. This applies to both the computer-readable .tdd file and any human readable output format (.txt, .png. .svg, .jpg, etc...).
  • You MAY use drafts you designed yourself in commercial work if you wish.
  • We ASK (but do not require) that you include a statement that the drafts were designed using TDD and a link to TDD (http://bazzalisk.org/tabletweave/) so that others might find it more easily.

Friday, 10 September 2021

OXO

A photograph of a tablet woven band with white, green and blue diagonal lines and diamonds, draped vertically across a leafy background


Back in April 2019, I shared Noughts and Crosses, a new draft I'd put together, with the intention that it would eventually be part of a trio. The second instalment, Tic Tac Toe, came along in December 2020 and now I'm ready to share the third band, OXO. Each of the bands has motifs in common, but are woven using different numbers of tablets and different colour combinations. With only 18 tablets, OXO would be a great choice if you've never woven something where tablets are turned in two directions at once. Like its siblings, OXO is twist-neutral for the pattern tablets, so you won't get a build up of twist behind them.

With regards to the colour choices, the three drafts together represent my place within the SCA. Tic Tac Toe, in red, gold and black, stands for the Kingdom of Drachenwald (which covers Europe and South Africa). Noughts and Crosses, in blue, gold and black (although in the sample band I used navy blue instead of black, as that's what I had to hand), stands for the Principality of Insulae Draconis (which covers England, Ireland, Iceland, Scotland and Wales). Finally, OXO, in blue, green and white, stands for the Shire of Thamesreach (the Greater London area), which was the local group that got me started.

A tablet weaving draft for 18 tablets, producing diagonal lines and diamonds in green, blue and white.

You can download the TDD file for this draft by clicking here.

The text version of this draft is as follows:

  • Threading:

    1. S threaded tablet
      1. Blue (#0000ff)
      2. Blue (#0000ff)
      3. Blue (#0000ff)
      4. Blue (#0000ff)
    2. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    3. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    4. Z threaded tablet
      1. Blue (#0000ff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    5. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Blue (#0000ff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    6. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Blue (#0000ff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    7. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Blue (#0000ff)
    8. Z threaded tablet
      1. Blue (#0000ff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    9. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Blue (#0000ff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    10. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Blue (#0000ff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    11. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Blue (#0000ff)
    12. Z threaded tablet
      1. Blue (#0000ff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    13. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Blue (#0000ff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    14. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Blue (#0000ff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    15. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Blue (#0000ff)
    16. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    17. Z threaded tablet
      1. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      2. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      3. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
      4. Japanese Laurel (#009900)
    18. S threaded tablet
      1. Blue (#0000ff)
      2. Blue (#0000ff)
      3. Blue (#0000ff)
      4. Blue (#0000ff)

  • Turning:

    1. 3F 4B 11F
    2. 3F 4B 11F
    3. 3F 4B 11F
    4. 3F 4B 11F
    5. 3F 8B 7F
    6. 3F 8B 7F
    7. 3F 8B 7F
    8. 3F 8B 7F
    9. 7F 8B 3F
    10. 7F 8B 3F
    11. 7F 8B 3F
    12. 7F 8B 3F
    13. 3F 4B 4F 4B 3F
    14. 3F 4B 4F 4B 3F
    15. 3F 4B 4F 4B 3F
    16. 3F 4B 4F 4B 3F
    17. 3F 8B 7F
    18. 3F 8B 7F
    19. 3F 8B 7F
    20. 3F 8B 7F
    21. 7F 8B 3F
    22. 7F 8B 3F
    23. 7F 8B 3F
    24. 7F 8B 3F
    25. 11F 4B 3F
    26. 11F 4B 3F
    27. 11F 4B 3F
    28. 11F 4B 3F
    29. 3F 8B 7F
    30. 3F 8B 7F
    31. 3F 8B 7F
    32. 3F 8B 7F
    33. 3F 4B 11F
    34. 3F 4B 11F
    35. 3F 4B 11F
    36. 3F 4B 11F
    37. 11F 4B 3F
    38. 11F 4B 3F
    39. 11F 4B 3F
    40. 11F 4B 3F
    41. 7F 4B 7F
    42. 7F 4B 7F
    43. 7F 4B 7F
    44. 7F 4B 7F
    45. 3F 4B 11F
    46. 3F 4B 11F
    47. 3F 4B 11F
    48. 3F 4B 11F
    49. 11F 4B 3F
    50. 11F 4B 3F
    51. 11F 4B 3F
    52. 11F 4B 3F
    53. 7F 8B 3F
    54. 7F 8B 3F
    55. 7F 8B 3F
    56. 7F 8B 3F
As with all of the free drafts/ patterns on this site, you are welcome to weave them, sell bands woven using them, and use them to teach other weavers, just as long as you state where you found them.

Sunday, 18 July 2021

New Link for Tablet Weaving Draft Designer!

If you can't currently access TDD or you're getting a 404 error, it may be because the link to it has changed! 

You can now find it at https://jamespbarrett.github.io/tabletweave/ If you usually use http://bazzalisk.org/tabletweave/ it will now redirect to the new address rather than the old address.