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Thursday, 5 May 2022

Minions

I originally designed and wove this draft back in 2015 and shared in the Baelfyr (the Insulae Draconis SCA group newsletter), but it never made it as far as the blog. While the draft for this band is my own invention, the subject, Minions, belongs solely and completely to Universal Studios.

A short section of tablet woven band showing little yellow men in blue overalls, photographed against a grassy background

It was an interesting one to weave, as I was swapping out threads on the fly when they weren't giving me the effect I wanted. I cut the offending thread 5cm away from the edge of the band, pulled it out of its tablet, cut a new piece to length, tied it onto the back of the loom, threaded it through the tablet, then tied it on to the cut end of the old thread. The result was somewhat messy, but each thread swap got me closer to what I was hoping for. Unfortunately, I don't have much of the finished band, as it went to live with a friend. If I was to weave it again, I would use a white weft rather than a blue one, to avoid the little blue dots on the background between the Minions.

A tablet weaving draft formed from two grids, each filled with diagonal ovals in white, blue, yellow, grey and black.

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

You can download the text version for this draft by clicking here

To form the black eye dots, thread a needle with black yarn, the same as the one used in the warp, held doubled and make small running stitches across the diamond goggle section, carrying the thread behind the band between stitches.


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, 17 February 2022

A Study in Stripes

A photograph of two lengths of tablet woven band, laid horizontally across the frame and patterned with a full spectrum of colours, with black as a contrast, in a variety of different widths and lengths of diagonal line

I designed and wove this band to play around with diagonal lines of different widths way back in 2016, when I first started trying to write about tablet weaving in earnest. The draft for it has been requested over on Instagram (you can find me there as @tabletweaving), so I'm taking the time to give it a proper write up. As it's one of my experimental samples, there are 4 different turning sequences to try, all of which are twist neutral for the pattern tablets. Bonus points if you can identify the book that the name refers to! 

The definite star of this draft is the tubular spectrum by Lunatic Fringe Yarns. I used their black 10/2 mercerised cotton alongside (in the same order as in the draft, from left to right) #10 yellow, #10 green yellow, #10 green, #10 blue green, #10 blue, #10 purple blue, #10 purple, #10 red purple, #10 red and #10 yellow red, all also in 10/2 mercerised cotton. Mercerised cotton is really smooth and strong and a dream to tablet weave with, so I would recommend this yarn to both beginners and more experienced weavers alike. I've done my best to recreate the colours in the drafts, but I haven't quite been able to do justice to the vibrancy of the original.

The threading diagram for this band is as follows:

A threading diagram for tablet weaving formed from a table with 4 rows and 40 columns, with each square filled with a coloured oval to represent threads

You can download the text version of the threading diagram by clicking here.

A tablet weaving turning sequence represented by a table with 8 rows, with white background squares showing forward turns and grey background squares showing backward turns

The text version of the first variation is a follows: 

turn all tablets forwards for 4 picks, then turn tablets 1 and 40 forwards and the remaining tablets backwards for 4 picks.

You can download the TDD file here.

A tablet weaving turning sequence represented by a table with 40 rows, with white background squares showing forward turns and grey background squares showing backward turns

The text version of the second variation is a follows: 

turn all tablets forwards for 20 picks, then turn tablets 1 and 40 forwards and the remaining tablets backwards for 20 picks.

You can download the TDD file here.

A tablet weaving turning sequence represented by a table with 12 rows, with white background squares showing forward turns and grey background squares showing backward turns

The text version of the third variation is a follows:

turn all tablets forwards for 4 picks, then turn tablets 1 and 40 forwards and the remaining tablets backwards for 2 picks, then turn all tablets forwards for 2 picks, then turn tablets 1 and 40 forwards and the remaining tablets backwards for 4 picks.

You can download the TDD file here.

A tablet weaving turning sequence represented by a table with 16 rows, with white background squares showing forward turns and grey background squares showing backward turns

The text version of the fourth variation is a follows: 

turn all tablets forwards for 8 picks, then turn tablets 1 and 40 forwards and the remaining tablets backwards for 8 picks.

You can download the TDD file here.

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, 3 January 2022

New Year, New Tablet Weaving Draft Designer Features!

James has done some work on TDD over the Christmas and New Year period, squashing a few bugs and adding four new features.

At the bottom of the Controls section of the Control Panel, you will find a box labelled Lock Draft. If you click on it, it will prevent changes from being made in the draft. Click on it again to unlock the draft again. I'll be using this when I'm weaving from TDD and I don't want stray clicks altering the draft.

In the Display section, there's a box you can click to change the labelling of your tablets from clockwise to anti-clockwise. I always work with clockwise labelled tablets, but I know that some of you prefer it the other way round, so this will hopefully make TDD more useful to you. If you do change your labels in the draft, the change will also be reflected in its text description.

Also in the Display section, you will now find a button called Show Turning Diagram you can click to hide the turning diagram, so you'll be able to export a picture file of just the threading diagram if you want to. Handy for if you're ever working with a number of drafts that all use the same threading diagram, but different turning diagrams and you want to save a bit of space on the page by including the threading diagram separately.

In the Resets section, there is now a button you can press to change the Palette back to its default colours, without otherwise altering the draft. This is going to come in pretty handy when I'm working on a new design and I'm trying out combinations of colours for it.