Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Two Colour Tablet Woven Swirls

This pattern is a good introduction to more difficult patterns like Ram's Horn.
It looks like a complex pattern but is deceptively easy to weave; since most of the "pattern" is actually an optical illusion.

 Difficulty Level: Easy


 8 4-holed tablets 
16 red threads 
16 black threads

Weft thread in either red or black

Thread your tablets as shown in the weaving draft. For the first four turns, turn every tablet backwards (towards you if you are sitting so that the woven band will be between you and the tablets). For the next four turns, tablets 1, 2, 7 and 8 will continue to turn backwards and tablets 3 to 6 will turn forwards. To help you remember which direction each tablet needs to turn you can push tablets 3 to 6 along thewarp away from your body (forwards).
You will now have two groups of tablets, tablets 1,2, 7 and 8 and tablets 3 to 6. Turn those close to you backwards and those away from you forwards until you have completed four turns, then slip tablets 3 to 6 back to their original places in the pack. Repeat these steps until the woven band is long enough. For a wider band, use a multiple of six plus 2 tablets, so for
a band with 3 pattern repetitions across the width, use 20 tablets.

(This pattern was originally published in the November 2012 Baelfyr)

A Tablet Woven Insulae Draconis Sun

This woven version of the ID sun makes a handsome belt or trim for your favourite tunic.

Difficulty Level: Easy

20 4-holed tablets

40 blue threads

20 yellow threads

20 black threads

Thread your tablets as shown in the weaving draft. Turn your tablets either continuously forward or backward. When you have built up twist behind the tablets, either comb out the excess twist and re-secure the warp or start to turn the tablets in the opposite direction.

(This pattern was originally published in the September 2012 Baelfyr)