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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.

Gecko

A tablet woven band with green edges and a green gecko and foliage motif on a purple background, draped across a hibiscus bush


When I was planning this band, I wanted to play around with some things I don't normally do, namely an asymmetrical animal motif, woven with a light motif line on a dark background, rather than the other way around. I also had some new yarn I was excited to try out.

The yarns I used for this band are from Mothy and the Squid in the colourways Intense Iris and Lime Sorbet, both in her platinum merino/nylon blend sock yarn base. I really enjoyed weaving with this yarn and have plans to use it again in the future. It's really soft to the touch, which made me a little worried, as I've had trouble with soft yarns fraying and falling apart during weaving in the past, but it stood up to the friction of tablet weaving really well. Not a single damaged thread. I suspect this is partly because of the nylon in the blend, partly because of the high twist and number of plies, and partly because it's just a high quality yarn. Another thing that impressed me was that it didn't bleed in the slightest when I soaked it overnight as part of wet finishing. The Intense Iris is so saturated and, well, intense that I was expecting a little bleeding, but there wasn't even a hint. I also have two skeins of the Mothy and the Squid luxury merino/silk/cashmere blend base (which I had to put away in a drawer because I couldn't stop stroking them), but I wouldn't recommend them for tablet weaving. They're softly spun to highlight the fibres and improve the drape and there would be too much friction on them as the threads move past each other. I'm planning to use the two of them for a colour work knitted cowl some time in the future.

I have cut the Gecko draft into two pieces, as it's pretty big. Apart from the selvedge tablets, it's twist-neutral (each tablet performs the an equal number of forward and backward turns), so you won't get a build up of twist behind the pattern tablets.

Part one of a tablet weaving draft with green threads at the edges and a gecko motif in green threads against a background of purple threads

Part two of a tablet weaving draft with green threads at the edges and a gecko motif in green threads against a background of purple threads

You can download the TDD file for Gecko by clicking here.

You can download the text description for Gecko by clicking here.

As with all of the free drafts 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, 7 July 2021

New Video!

 I've made a new video about the steps I use to set up for a new band.



Saturday, 3 July 2021

New Video!

I'm weaving a vacant-hole band at the moment and I've made a video about how I stop the tablets from rearranging themselves when they have one or more vacant holes. If you're having trouble weaving Petre from elsewhere on my blog, this should hopefully help.



Branches

A photo of a green and white tablet woven band patterned with leaves and branches, taken against a leafy background

Sometimes people ask how I come up with my ideas. It varies quite a bit, depending on the project I'm working on. For my books Warp-Twined Angles and Vacant-Hole Pinwheels, when I was coming up with their large number of motifs, I worked out some of them by just playing around with a pencil and some draft paper and some of those lead on to others (what happens if I put this line here instead?). Further motifs came about when I was inputting the motifs into Tablet Weaving Draft Designer when I was inspired by the shapes the lines took on above where I was working.

The idea for this particular draft came to me when my mind was wandering during a Very Large Headache. I'd been thinking about coming up with a branching leaves type motif for a while. Sometimes I have an idea of the type of motif I want to weave, then my brain works away at it until it's ready to draw as a pencil sketch. This can be pretty unhelpful if the draft comes together in my head while I'm attempting to fall asleep!

I made a video of how I generated the draft for this band using TDD that you can view below.



A tablet weaving draft for a band in white and green, with a branching, leafy motif
You'll get a build up of twist behind some of the tablets for this draft, so you could tackle it using fishing swivels or combing it out manually, as I did. If you'd prefer to weave it out (working a version of the draft with turning directions opposite to what you've previously done), I've put together a reverse draft. Before you begin it, make sure that you've completely finish the last repetition of the draft above and that all the tablets are in the A-D position.

A draft for the reversed version of the Branches draft, with green leaves and branches on a white background pointing down instead of up

You can download the Branches TDD draft by clicking here.

You can download the text version of the Branches draft by clicking here.

You can download the Branches reverse TDD draft by clicking here.

You can download the text version of the Branches reverse draft by clicking here.

As with all of the free drafts 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, 22 June 2021

New Video!

 


I have a new video up on my YouTube channel. In it I show you how I flip a tablet to change its threading direction.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Birka Band B22

A photograph of several lengths of red and yellow tablet woven band, patterned with floral motifs and lattice work, against a leafy backdrop

When I was a beginner, all the way back in 2006, the very first band I tried to weave was based on one of the finds from a Viking cemetery in Birka, Sweden, dated to the 8th to 10th century. It's a lovely draft, but for me it was a tale of disaster from start to finish. I made pretty much every mistake there is and very nearly gave up on the whole thing. Several days later, I warped eight tablets for a simple four turns forward, four turns backward band and the rest is history. I'm not saying that you shouldn't try it as a beginner, but it would be helpful to have some muscle memory for turning the tablets before you tackle it.

I've been thinking about the draft again recently, as it turns up on Instagram pretty often, and I thought it would be fun to go back to the original source and take a look at the find that it's based on. Historiska Museet, Sweden, have kindly made many of the reports about the Birka digs available online as free pdf downloads. The textile finds are covered in Birka III - Die Textilfunde Aus den Grabern[1], with chapter VII "Bänder: Ein broschiertes Band — ein echtes Gewebe" (from page 75 onwards) discussing the tablet woven bands. The reports are in German, but copying and pasting sections into Google translate will produce something somewhat comprehensible.

The Carolyn Priest-Dorman draft[2] is based on a section from band B22, a label that Geijer uses for several similar finds, from graves 731, 750 and 824. The fragments from graves 731 and 750 were poorly preserved, but showed use of both gold and silver brocade wefts, like the better preserved example from grave 824 (detailed notes for the three bands are given on page 88 of Birka III - Die Textilfunde Aus den Grabern). Geijer describes the B22 band from grave 824 as having been woven with at least 29 tablets, with borders that needed a probable 6 tablets on each side (only the threads from 4 tablets on each side actually survive). The tablets were all threaded in the same direction and there were no turning reversals visible on the back of the band. She theorises that as the back of the band appears roughly woven and is rather unattractive, the band would originally have been sewn onto another fabric, leaving only the brocaded side visible. The band itself is 1.2cm wide and 9.5cm long and has around 20-25 brocade wefts per cm, with the gold weft at a greater density that the silver weft, perhaps because the gold was softer and easier to beat into place than the silver.


Black and white photographs of several sections of a brocaded tablet woven band from the Viking cemetery at Birka in Sweden

Several photographs of the B22 band (edited to remove a photo of a different band from the bottom right corner). Image from Geijer (1938) Birka III - Die Textilfunde Aus den Grabern, Plate 23

Diagrams of the original brocade motifs of the B22 bands, depicted using a series of small vertical lines on a pale peach background

A schematic diagram of the motifs from the B22 band. Image from Geijer (1938) Birka III - Die Textilfunde Aus den Grabern Figure 20, page 83. I believe that the smaller section at the bottom is what Carolyn Priest-Dorman based her draft on. I chose to base my draft on the longer of the two sections

I freely admit that I don't enjoy weaving brocade, so I converted the motifs into 3x1 diagonals instead when I designed my version of the B22 find. I chose a yellow background colour to mimic the areas of the original that were covered by the gold brocade weft and "stave" borders for the selvedges, which are a fairly common feature of such bands[3]. I used red as my motif line and weft colour, as I liked the contrast between it and the yellow and the little spots of the red weft that show through in the large yellow sections mimic the brocade weft tie-down points of the original. I also chose to weave it in King Cole Merino Blend 4-ply (in mustard and scarlet) instead of the silk[4] of the original, as that was what I had to hand in the colours I wanted. This means that my band is 4.3cm wide, rather than the original 1.2cm.

I have designed the band to be twist-neutral for the pattern tablets (you will get a build-up of twist behind the four selvedge tablets on each side of the draft), so the pattern repeat is pretty long to incorporate a lattice section that twines in the opposite direction. I've split the draft itself into two pieces to make them easier to work from, in such a way that you can weave from just one of them without breaking the motifs, if you prefer. You can view them at their full size by clicking on the draft to select it, then right-clicking on it and selecting "open image in new tab", click on it one more time in the new tab and it should be much bigger.

A draft for weaving a red and yellow tablet woven band, patterned with floral motifs and lattice work

A draft for weaving a red and yellow tablet woven band, patterned with floral motifs and lattice work

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

As the turning diagram for this draft is over 200 picks long, I've chosen not to include the text description in this post. Instead, you can download it by clicking here.

References

[1] Geijer, Agnes (1938). Birka III - Die Textilfunde Aus den Grabern. Birka: Untersuchungen und Studien III. Uppsala: Almkvist and Wiksells B.A., Kungl. Vitterhets Antikvitets Akadamien. Retrieved from: https://historiska.se/digitala-resurser/filer/pdf/Birka_III.pdf (17/05/2021)

[2] Priest-Dorman, C. (1993). Viking-Style Tablet Weaving: Birka Strapwork Motif, Retrieved from: https://www.cs.vassar.edu/~capriest/birkarcp.html (17/05/2021)

[3] Spies, N. (2000). Ecclesiastical Pomp and Aristocratic Circumstance: A Thousand Years Of Brocaded Tabletwoven Bands, Arelate Studio

[4] Ostrom Peters, C. (2002). The Silk Road Textiles at Birka: An Examination of the Tabletwoven Bands, The Textile Society of America Symposium Proceedings, Retrieved from:  https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1407&context=tsaconf (17/05/2021)


Sunday, 6 June 2021

New Video!

 I have a new video up on YouTube. It's all about how I use TDD to generate narrow drafts from tablet weaving. I'll be sharing the draft on my blog for free, just as soon as I finish the sample band.



Friday, 4 June 2021

The New Warp-Twined Angles is Ready!

I'm really excited to share the new Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Warp-Twined Angles books with you!

Over the past three months, I've been working on a new (old?) project and it's ready to share! In fact, it went live in the Blurb online book shop on the 1st of June.

Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Warp-Twined Angles Volume One
The 42 drafts from the first edition of Warp-Twined Angles, reformatted to make them easier to use, with all new samples and photography.


Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Warp-Twined Angles Volume Two
65 new drafts in the same style as the first edition, published separately for people who have the first edition and just want the new drafts.


Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Warp-Twined Angles Combined Edition
All 107 drafts collected together in a single volume. There's no material in the Combined Edition that doesn't also appear in the separate volumes and vice versa.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

My Design Process for Large Drafts



At the beginning of the year, I was working through a set of designs for a sample band and I thought you might like to see the way I use Tablet Weaving Draft Designer during my design process. For large drafts like this one I work a bit differently to the way I do for smaller drafts, as I find that otherwise I get lost in them (thanks, dyslexia!). To reduce the amount of visual noise, I focus on the pattern of backward turns against forward turns rather than the colour and direction of the threads. For smaller drafts like the ones in my two books Warp-Twined Angles and Vacant-Hole Pinwheels, I turn the backward turn saturation to zero and work with the flow of the threads in the boxes instead. 

I wove these drafts as 2x2 diagonals, but I designed them in 1x3 diagonals, as the turning sequence will be the same and it results in a pencil sketch that's easier for me to read.

Step 1

Draw out the motif. I use metric graph paper as my standard "thinking paper" as I can fit quite a few designs on the same sheet.

A spiral motif formed from intersecting diagonal lines, drawn in pencil on graph paper

Step 2

Draw 4x4 zigzags around the motif and draw in all the vertical and horizontal mirror lines. 

A spiral motif formed from intersecting diagonal lines, drawn in pencil on graph paper with horizontal and vertical mirror lines drawn in and surrounded by 4x4 boxes

Step 3

Shade in all the areas that contain left leaning lines (these will be the backward turns in the final draft).

A spiral motif formed from intersecting diagonal lines, drawn in pencil on graph paper, with the areas containing left slanting lines shaded in

Step 4

Draw a simplified schematic of the shaded motif, where each square in the schematic is equivalent to a 4x4 square in the motif. Add vertical and horizontal mirror lines down the middle of the schematic.

A spiral motif formed from intersecting diagonal lines, drawn in pencil on graph paper, with the backwards turns shaded in, next to a smaller schematic of the draft

Step 5

Turn off the threads in the display section of the control panel of TDD and set the rulers to the same position as the mirror lines in the schematic. Open the previous draft from the batch and alter the dark and light squares to match the new schematic. I also reduce the visual scale until I can see the whole draft on my screen at once. The 4x4 squares at each corner of the draft will produce the filler between the motifs.

A photo of a laptop with a browser window showing a Tablet Weaving Draft Designer draft with shaded boxes

Step 6

Turn the threads back on, the rulers off, and the backward turn saturation down to zero and check that the motif looks the same as the pencil sketch motif.

A photo of a laptop screen showing Tablet Weaving Draft Designer draft in purple and yellow, with the threads turned on and the backward turn saturation set to zero

Step 7

The final draft with both the threads and backward turn shading in place, ready to weave. I do this straight from TDD without printing anything out, as I can use the horizontal ruler tool to help me keep my place.

A completed Tablet Weaving Draft Designer draft in yellow and purple with intersecting diagonal lines

Step 8

Weave the draft! 


A photo of a tablet woven band with the motif woven in yellow and purple with intersecting diagonal lines


For this band I used yellow onion dyed yarn and purple/almost black logwood dyed yarn from the stash I've been dyeing for over the last few years. I'm hoping to play with some indigo this summer to get purples from my red brazilwood yarn and greens from my yellow weld and onion skin yarns.

Friday, 7 May 2021

Exciting Book News!

Since the beginning of March, I've been working on a new project or maybe I should say that I've been working on an old project? 

At the back of my first book, Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Warp-Twined Angles, I wrote that when I designed the drafts for the book, there were more that didn't make it in, as there wasn't enough warp to weave all of them. I hadn't originally intended to turn them into a book (I designed them as a way to keep myself from going stir-crazy when I couldn't weave for a month due to an elbow injury), so I wasn't planning for it when I wove them. I wrote that I hoped to revisit them at some point in the future and maybe add some more drafts to the list.

This spring, I picked the project back up, initially intending to add a few extra drafts and update the photography, layouts, samples and explanations to create a revised edition of Warp-Twined Angles. Well, one thing lead to another and the number of drafts grew to over 100 in total; enough for a second volume in its own right. I had a lot of fun coming back to this project and I really enjoyed weaving something so completely different to the double-face drafts I spent much of 2019 and 2020 working on for my book Double-Face Inscriptions.

The new Warp-Twined Angles will be in three different editions:

Volume One, which will have the 42 drafts from the first edition
Volume Two, which will have the additional 65 new drafts (with notes on the historical examples that some of them are based on)
A Combined Edition with the full 107 drafts together.

They will be in hardback, softback, ebook, and pdf and will be available to buy in June (if everything goes to plan) from Blurb.com.

Tablet woven bands in black and white with orange edges, decorated with geometric motifs, arranged diagonally across the frame


Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Petre

This draft is based on a German brick-stitch pattern from the Hildesheim Cope (accession number: 17-1873), specifically the section that deals with the martyring of Saint Peter (spelled "Petre" in Latin). I've been fascinated by the Cope since I first saw it in the summer of 2016, on display in Medieval and Renaissance Room 9 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It's a large embroidered semi-circular vestment, dated to the 12th century, adorned by a number of tablet woven brocaded bands. I discuss the motifs of these bands in more detail in my book Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Vacant-Hole Pinwheels.

A white vacant-hole tablet woven band with red diamond and diagonal line motifs, photographed against a green leafy background

I decided to design this draft as vacant-hole (one or more holes of the tablets are left intentionally empty), but to set up the tablet threading so that all the tablets would turn together in the same direction to make a quick and simple weave. This makes it an excellent first band if you've never tried the technique before. 

When I was weaving the sample, I flipped the threading direction of the selvedge tablets (tablets 1, 2, 3, 36, 37 and 38) so that I could turn them together with the pattern tablets. When you flip a tablet, then turn it in the opposite direction, its threads will continue to twine in the same way as before. A Z-threaded turned backwards will produce the same result as an S-threaded tablet turned forwards.

If you take a break during weaving this draft, be sure to secure the tablets with an elastic band or by tying a cord around them (or what ever method you prefer) as they may re-orient themselves so that the vacant-hole is either at the top or bottom of the pack.

A diagram representing a square weaving tablet with a hole in each corner, carrying a white thread in two of it's holes and a purple thread in another. The purple thread is diagonally opposite from a vacant hole and the tablet is oriented so that the vacant hole sits at the top.

The vacant holes of the tablets are represented by empty squares in the draft below and by the word "Empty" in the text version of the draft. The sample was woven using a white weft, flecks of which can be seen on the surface of the band, where they would normally have been covered if the vacant holes of the tablets were filled. If you'd prefer, the draft's turning sequence will be the same if the vacant holes of the tablets are filled. If you do this, I suggest picking a thread that is the same as your background colour and using a weft that's the same colour as the lines for your motifs.

A tablet weaving draft patterned with white and red threads forming diamond and diagonal line motifs.

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. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    2. Z threaded tablet
      1. Red (#ff0000)
      2. Red (#ff0000)
      3. Red (#ff0000)
      4. Red (#ff0000)
    3. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    4. Z threaded tablet
      1. Red (#ff0000)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    5. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Red (#ff0000)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    6. Z threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Red (#ff0000)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    7. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Red (#ff0000)
    8. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Red (#ff0000)
    9. S threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Red (#ff0000)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    10. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Red (#ff0000)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    11. S threaded tablet
      1. Red (#ff0000)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    12. Z threaded tablet
      1. Red (#ff0000)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    13. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Red (#ff0000)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    14. Z threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Red (#ff0000)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    15. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Red (#ff0000)
    16. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Red (#ff0000)
    17. S threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Red (#ff0000)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    18. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Red (#ff0000)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    19. S threaded tablet
      1. Red (#ff0000)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    20. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Red (#ff0000)
    21. S threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Red (#ff0000)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    22. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Red (#ff0000)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    23. S threaded tablet
      1. Red (#ff0000)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    24. Z threaded tablet
      1. Red (#ff0000)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    25. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Red (#ff0000)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    26. Z threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Red (#ff0000)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    27. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Red (#ff0000)
    28. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Red (#ff0000)
    29. S threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Red (#ff0000)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    30. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Red (#ff0000)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    31. S threaded tablet
      1. Red (#ff0000)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    32. Z threaded tablet
      1. Red (#ff0000)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Empty
      4. White (#ffffff)
    33. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Red (#ff0000)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Empty
    34. Z threaded tablet
      1. Empty
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. Red (#ff0000)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    35. Z threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. Empty
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. Red (#ff0000)
    36. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)
    37. Z threaded tablet
      1. Red (#ff0000)
      2. Red (#ff0000)
      3. Red (#ff0000)
      4. Red (#ff0000)
    38. S threaded tablet
      1. White (#ffffff)
      2. White (#ffffff)
      3. White (#ffffff)
      4. White (#ffffff)

  • Turning:

    1. 38F
    2. 38F
    3. 38F
    4. 38F
    5. 3F 32B 3F
    6. 3F 32B 3F
    7. 3F 32B 3F
    8. 3F 32B 3F
    9. 38F
    10. 38F
    11. 38F
    12. 38F
    13. 3F 32B 3F
    14. 3F 32B 3F
    15. 3F 32B 3F
    16. 3F 32B 3F
    17. 3F 32B 3F
    18. 3F 32B 3F
    19. 3F 32B 3F
    20. 3F 32B 3F
    21. 38F
    22. 38F
    23. 38F
    24. 38F
    25. 3F 32B 3F
    26. 3F 32B 3F
    27. 3F 32B 3F
    28. 3F 32B 3F
    29. 38F
    30. 38F
    31. 38F
    32. 38F
As with all of the free 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.

Friday, 2 April 2021

Threading Errors Video

 


In this video, I talk about some of things that can go wrong with tablet weaving and the threading errors that cause them.

Friday, 26 March 2021

Knitting Patterns

As part of tidying up my account ahead of Ravelry becoming even less accessible, I'm moving the small collection of knitting patterns that I designed to here.

Aesculus Shawl 

A knitted heart-shaped shawl with lace motifs based on the horse chestnut tree.
Pattern download
Charts download

Hugs by Post Shawl

A simple textured knitted heart-shaped shawl.

Lace Draw-String Bag

An easy knitted lace pouch.

Needle Roll

A quick to knit holder for your knitting needles.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Yarns I Like for Tablet Weaving


Recently, I wrote about and made a video about the criteria I use when I'm selecting yarn for tablet weaving. In this post, I thought I'd tell you about some of the yarn that I like using myself. I'm not sponsored by any of the companies I mention and everything I say here is my personal opinion.

When I weave rigid heddle and tablet woven bands for the sale box I take to events with me (in non-plague years!), I mostly use Drops Karisma DK. It's 100% wool, 100m/50g and comes in a good range of colours. It's also pretty economical, especially if you buy it during one of the Drops discount events that happen several times a year.

A photo of a small wooden chest filled with bundles of tablet woven and rigid heddle bands in a variety of colours

I like to use King Cole Merino Blend 4-ply when I'm weaving trim. It's 100% superwash wool (meaning that it's machine washable)and 180m/50g. It's the yarn I used when I wove the samples for Noughts and Crosses and Tic Tac Toe and makes a lovely trim, as it makes bands that weave up fairly fast, but are less bulky when stitched to a garment than DK.

A photo of a blue, dark blue and yellow tablet woven band interlaced with a red, black and yellow tablet woven band

For the samples I make for my books, I like World of Wool Weaving Yarns, although at the time of writing, it's out of stock on their website. I really hope that they're able to get more of it, as it stands up to tablet weaving really well. It's 100% wool and 8000m/1000g and comes in black, white and orange. To extend the range of colours, I've been using the white yarn for natural dyeing. For one of the samples for my book Tablet Weaving in Theory and Practice: Double-Face Inscriptions, I used Brazilwood dye and an alum mordant from George Weil to get the lovely red colour that I needed.

A photo of a piece of blue fabric on which sits a white tablet woven band with red lettering that reads "Psalmorum codex Anno domini Millesimo cccc lvij" or "Book of psalms 1457"

Lastly, Piper's Silks. For very special bands, I use their 80/3 spun silk, which is 75m per spool. It's beautifully smooth and because of its tight twist, it stands up to tablet weaving really well. It's pretty fine, so when I use it to make a belt, I laminate together several layers of buckram, then sandwich that between the band and cotton twill tape and stitch them together. This yarn comes in a great range of vibrant colours and the woman who runs the company is an absolute pleasure to work with.

A photo of the waist and legs of a person wearing a grey wool dress with red sleeves and a black, red and white tablet woven belt patterned with flower motifs and brass fittings