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Wednesday 5 June 2024

Flash

A photo of a red and yellow tablet woven band hanging in a green leafy hedge. The band is patterned with a series of tiny lightning bolts.

It's ages since I posted a new free draft on the blog, so I thought I'd share this one with you. It's a simple threaded-in pattern (the design is determined by the placement of the colours in the tablets rather than a special turning sequence) and all the tablets are turned continuously forwards, so there will be a build-up of twist that you can undo by switching to turning all the tablets backwards. I've been struggling with names for drafts lately, so I threw it open to Instagram (I'm @tabletweaving over there, by the way) and the wonderful Mari came up with "Flash", which I think fits really well.

A tablet weaving draft consisting of two grids to describe the threading of the tablets and the turning sequence required. Both grids are filled with red and yellow ovals representing threads.
Link to TDD file for Flash
The text version of this draft is as follows:

Threading:
 * S threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Yellow (#ffff00)
    C: Yellow (#ffff00)
    D: Yellow (#ffff00)
 * Z threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Red (#ff0000)
    B: Red (#ff0000)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Red (#ff0000)
 * S threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Red (#ff0000)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Red (#ff0000)
 * S threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Yellow (#ffff00)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Yellow (#ffff00)
 * S threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Red (#ff0000)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Red (#ff0000)
 * Z threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Red (#ff0000)
    B: Red (#ff0000)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Red (#ff0000)
 * S threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Yellow (#ffff00)
    C: Yellow (#ffff00)
    D: Yellow (#ffff00)
 * Z threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Yellow (#ffff00)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Yellow (#ffff00)
 * Z threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Red (#ff0000)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Red (#ff0000)
 * Z threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Yellow (#ffff00)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Yellow (#ffff00)
 * S threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Yellow (#ffff00)
    C: Yellow (#ffff00)
    D: Yellow (#ffff00)
 * Z threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Red (#ff0000)
    B: Red (#ff0000)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Red (#ff0000)
 * S threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Red (#ff0000)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Red (#ff0000)
 * S threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Yellow (#ffff00)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Yellow (#ffff00)
 * S threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Red (#ff0000)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Red (#ff0000)
 * Z threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Red (#ff0000)
    B: Red (#ff0000)
    C: Red (#ff0000)
    D: Red (#ff0000)
 * S threaded tablet (↻)
    A: Yellow (#ffff00)
    B: Yellow (#ffff00)
    C: Yellow (#ffff00)
    D: Yellow (#ffff00)

Turning:
 1. 17F
 2. 17F
 3. 17F
 4. 17F
 5. 17F
 6. 17F
 7. 17F
 8. 17F

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.

Wednesday 21 February 2024

It's Almost Time!

Not going to lie, I'm pretty excited! My publisher has the files for the new book and are working on the proof copies! I should be ready to release it into the wild in early March, all going well. It's a bit different to my other books as it's mostly tablet weaving theory rather than practice, but there's still a new design in there for you to play with.

ETA: My new book, Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: A Tablet Weaver's Record Book, is now live in the Blurb book shop and can be purchased as hardcover, softcover and pdf editions!

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Coming Soon to a Bookcase Near You!

If all goes well with proof copies and so on, I should have a new book to share with you for the end of this month! I'm more than a little excited, can you tell? This one has been in the works since early last year and I was hoping to publish in November as I have with previous volumes, but life got in the way several times. With this one almost done, I'm now doing the initial planning and layouts for the next book, so this may well turn out to be a two book year. 

Tuesday 6 February 2024

Tablet Weaving Draft Designer Updates

The year's end has rolled around again (or rather it did a month ago) and there have been a few changes to Tablet Weaving Draft Designer. In the Display section we now have a "show only thread colour" option which will fill each square on the grid with the colour of the thread in that square and an "S-Z" toggle which will allow you to flip the letters below the threading diagram. This leaves everything else the same, with only the S and Z labels changing.

Wednesday 3 January 2024

Hedge Maze

A tablet woven band patterned with green, white and yellow sinuous shapes hangs in a dark green hedge.

After weaving my advent band over much of December, I wanted something with a simple, soothing rhythm to it for my project over the Christmas break. I opened up the folder I keep both my published and unpublished designs in and wandered through it until I found something to fit the bill. This one comes from November 2021. I have a bit of a backlog! I was at a loss as to what to name it, so I asked Instagram and this was the name I liked the most, especially as I often hang my bands up in hedges to photograph them!

This design isn't twist-neutral and will cause a build up of twist behind the tablets, so I've included a reversed version that will allow you to weave it out. As ever, you can find links to the text version and TDD file for both drafts at the bottom of the page.

A tablet weaving draft for a sinuous winding shape in green, white and yellow. The draft is made up from two grids which show how the tablets are threading and the turning sequence needed.

A reversed version of the tablet weaving draft for a sinuous winding shape that moves in the opposite direction in green, white and yellow. The draft is made up from two grids which show how the tablets are threading and the turning sequence needed.

Link to text version of Hedge Maze
Link to TDD file for Hedge Maze
Link to text version of Hedge Maze Reversed
Link to TDD file for Hedge Maze Reversed

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 5 December 2023

Tablet Weaving Advent 2023

A tablet woven band hangs in a green hedge. It is patterned with swirling shapes in red, white and green.

This year I indulged in a little festive silliness and picked random drafts from my book Warp-Twined Angles and wove them up in festive colours. I used the same threading diagram as the book, but swapped red for the black, white for the grey and green for the white. I also changed up the colours of the selvedge tablets a bit too so that all three colours are represented in them. Instead of the black weft of the original, I used red to match it to the main motif colour in the drafts.

A threading diagram for tablet weaving, consisting of a grid with coloured ovals representing threads in black, grey, white and orange in each cell. The number of each tablet is given above each column and the letters S or Z sit below each column to show the threading direction.

A threading diagram for tablet weaving, consisting of a grid with coloured ovals representing threads in red, white and green in each cell. The number of each tablet is given above each column and the letters S or Z sit below each column to show the threading direction.

Of the two threading diagrams above, the top one is from Warp-Twined Angles and the lower one is the modified version I'm using for this project. The yarn I'm using is a sock-weight merino/nylon blend by Mothy and the Squid in the colours Ruby, Avocado and Snowdrop.

I released a video each day of advent of me picking a draft, then showing what it looks like woven up in the new colours. There's also a playlist on my YouTube channel that has all my advent videos gathered together. I also released the videos over in my Instagram account, where you can find me as @tabletweaving. You can watch the video for day 1 in the window below.



Monday 18 September 2023

Countable Infinity

 A few weeks ago, James (my husband and the programmer half of our Tablet Weaving Draft Designer team) was looking wistfully at some of the sample bands in my workroom and asked if I could make him a tunic-style shirt with fancy trim on it. I showed him some of the things from the folder of unwoven designs and we picked one, then I played with it and adjusted it until it matched what he was hoping for.

A tablet woven band decorated with yellow and green diagonal lines and infinity symbols on a black background hangs in front of leaves beginning to turn autumnal brown


The 10/2ne Lunatic Fringe tubular spectrum yarns I have were at the tip of his wishlist, particularly the yellow and green shades (#10 yellow, #10 yellow-green and #10 green), paired with their 10/2ne black. It's a combination I've used before and the colours pop really nicely, plus the yarn is a pleasure to weave with. I used a black sewing thread (rather than the same yarn as the warp) as the weft for this band to help me beat the threads into place tighter and get crisper pattern lines. Apart from the selvedge tablets, this band is twist-neutral, but you will find that you get less take-up on the two pattern tablets on each side, so you may have to retension your warp.

Two grids representing the threading diagram and turning diagram for the Countable Infinity band. The grids are filled with ovals indicating threads in yellow, black and two shades of green, with white backgrounds for forward turns and greybackgrounds for backward turns.

Link to text version

Link to TDD file


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.

Thursday 1 June 2023

Uisce

It's been a while since I shared a new free draft and I have a backlog to share with you, which I'm hoping to work my way through them over the next few months. The inspiration for this one is just a little different from my usual bands. 

Most days, when I take the dog for her morning walk, I go past several little utility hole covers and I've been fascinated by the keys pattern around the edge of them. When I decided to make myself a Viking apron dress to wear at Drachenwald's 30th Anniversary celebration, I wanted a trim that drew on something distinctly Irish (given that we've been living in Ireland since the end of 2021) and what could be more Irish than Uisce!

Round weathered brass utility hole cover set into concrete. It has a keys pattern around the edge with a swirling pattern in the centre and has the letters "WSCR" and "UISCE"

I took a photo of the hole cover and roughly sketched it out on a piece of paper, then drew the draft out. I chose blue, black and white, as they're my colours within the SCA and my arms have a blue river running across the middle, rather like the blue waves across the band. It's mostly a diagonals pattern, with a few areas of 3/1 broken twill double-face to produce white areas and blue lines parallel to the selvedge.

A close-up of a grey wool Viking apron dress with blue and white tablet woven trim and two oval shaped brass brooches. Two strands of beads and a silver chain are strung between the brooches.

If you chose to weave this draft, it would definitely benefit from the use of a row marker of some type. The horizontal ruler in Tablet Weaving Draft Designer is excellent for this. 

A draft for tablet weaving formed from two grids. The top is filled with blue black and white ovals with white or grey backgrounds to show tablet turning direction. The bottom grid shows the tablet threading

Link to the Uisce draft TDD file
Link to the Text version of the Uisce draft


A smiling woman in a white head scarf, grey Viking apron dress and a lilac linen underdress stands in front of a red climbing rose on a white wall


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.

Wednesday 22 March 2023

Ginkgo

A photograph of a tablet woven band with gold and green ginkgo leaves on a white background, hung up in a dark green laurel hedge

This little botanical draft popped into my head in the middle of the night a few months ago. It's one of a number of designs that have been sitting, waiting to be woven from when I was writing my book Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Golden Diagonals. They don't stop arriving just because I'm already working on something else! I'm hoping to weave my way through some of them in the coming year and share them with you here.


The yarns I used for the sample band are by Mothy and the Squid in the colourways Frozen Leaves (an autumnal blend of warm greens and browns) and Silver Lining (a really pretty grey). They're gorgeous hand-dyed merino-nylon sock yarns and Frozen Leaves has a little sparkle for extra interest. I've used yarns from Mothy and the Squid for tablet weaving before and they were a delight, so when these colourways came up on her site, I knew that they'd be the perfect pairing for this draft. The golds and greens of Frozen Leaves really capture how ginkgo leaves change colour as the tree prepares for the end of the year.


Link to text version file for the Ginkgo draft
Link to the TDD file for the Ginkgo draft


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 20 March 2023

Book Pricing Changes

Blurb (the company that print my books) have announced that they will be increasing the price of hard copy books on 29/03/2023 to help cover rising manufacturing costs. I don't know how much the increase will be or exactly when it will come into effect on the 29th, so if you want to take advantage of the current price, I would advise doing so by the 28th. This increase will only apply to hard cover and soft cover books. All eBook and pdf prices will remain the same.

To view the books and formats that are currently available for sale, follow this link to my Blurb profile page.