Reading My Tablet Weaving Drafts

I generate all of my drafts using TDD ( My husband, James, and I designed it as a way of generating tablet weaving drafts that match the notation style I've developed over the years. The style used in the book Applesies and Fox Noses is very similar. A forward turn refers to turning the tablets forwards, towards the unwoven warp. A backward turn refers to turning the tablets backwards towards the woven band and the weaver. You can find more information about threading directions and warp alignments here and turning directions here.

An image of an annotated TDD draft

I label my tablets clockwise and start every piece of weaving with the tablets in the home position (with the A and D holes uppermost). I make my tablets from scraps of mounting board from our local picture framers, using a ruler, pencil, craft knife/sharp scissors and an office hole punch. I prefer tablets that are 5 cm/2 inch squares as they fit comfortably in my hands and I can work with a large number at once if needed.

A 4-holed tablet labelled from A to D in a clockwise dorection

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