Threading Directions or Warp Alignment?

Tablet weavers often talk about threading directions and tablet directions (I prefer "warp alignment") when describing patterns. Respectively, these terms refer to how the threads pass through the tablets and how the tablets appear when the warp is viewed from above. I generally use warp alignment as a / tablet will cause threads to lie / when turned forwards and \ when turned backwards. A \ threaded tablet will cause threads to lie \ when turned forwards and / when turned backwards.

The two threading directions

The two warp alignment or tablet directions
All of the threading diagrams produced by Tabletweaving Draft Designer show both threading direction (the letters at the bottom of the diagram) and warp alignment (the slant of the ovals in the diagram).

An example threading diagram

You can change the threading direction or warp alignment of a tablet by flipping it. If you find that you have a large amount of twist built up behind the tablets, you can use this technique to change their threading direction/ warp alignment, then continue weaving as before to weave out the twist.

The threading directions in this diagram are shown by the letters and the warp alignments are shown by the slant of the tablets


  1. Just started tablet weaving a couple of days ago and initially got myself in a total confusion with different conventions and terminology. Spent a couple of days working samples to see how it all worked whether stacking tablets left to right, right to left, threading the tablets and turning etc. So that I could understand effects on warp slant direction and pattern effects. Found your fantastic blog this morning and it's just fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise - amazing.

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment; it really made my day. I'm glad I could help you with your weaving. If you're interested, there's a fairly active Tablet Weaving forum over on Ravelry ( with lots more advice and resources.