Difference between revisions of "Tablet weaving"

From Cunnan
Jump to navigationJump to search
 
m (Link fixes)
Line 1: Line 1:
'''Tablet-weaving''' (also called card [[weaving]]) is a great way to make sturdy woven bands. These bands were used in period for straps, belts, braids for costume, bookmarks and ecclesiastical accoutrement.
+
'''Tablet-weaving''' (also called card [[weaving]]) is a great way to make sturdy, woven bands of [[braid]]. These bands were used in period for straps, belts, braids for costume, bookmarks and ecclesiastical accoutrement.
   
The technique involves a set of cards threaded with four [[thread]]s through the holes in the corners. The end of the threads are held tight and form the weft of the weave. The cards are turned a quarter-turn at a time, with the weft-thread passing through the [[weaving/shed|shed]] (or gap) between the upper pair of thread and the lower pair. Each card thus twines the four threads around each other and the twine is held in place by the weft-thread.
+
The technique involves a set of cards threaded with (usually) four [[thread]]s through the holes in the corners (6 is also known in [[period]]). The end of the threads are held tight and form the [[warp thread|warp]] of the weave. The cards are turned a quarter-turn at a time, with the [[weft thread]] passing through the [[shed (weaving)|shed]] (or gap) between the upper pair of threads and the lower pair. Each card thus twines the four threads around each other and this twine is held in place by the weft.
   
Tablet-weaving is a [[warp-faced]] weave, which means that the [[weaving/warp-thread|warp-threads]] are what makes the surface-pattern of the weaving. This patern can be fairly complex depending on a several styles of tablet weaving, and the pattern is made up thruogh the effect of:
+
Tablet-weaving is a [[warp faced]] weave, which means that the warp threads are what makes the surface-pattern. This pattern can be fairly complex depending on a several styles of tablet weaving, and the pattern is made up through the effect of:
 
* threading of the cards (both the direction of threading and also what colours are in each hole)
 
* threading of the cards (both the direction of threading and also what colours are in each hole)
 
* turning the cards (forwards, backwards or any combination thereof)
 
* turning the cards (forwards, backwards or any combination thereof)
 
* "twisting" the cards (turning the card on its vertical axis to swap the colour that's on "top")
 
* "twisting" the cards (turning the card on its vertical axis to swap the colour that's on "top")
   
These bands can be extremely decorative (including intricate surface decorations in [[gold thread]], called [[brocading]]), and was probably the major way of decorating clothes in early [[period]].
+
These bands can be extremely decorative (including intricate surface decorations in [[gold thread]], called [[brocade|brocading]]), and was probably the major way of decorating clothes in early [[period]].
  +
  +
Tablet-woven braids are very strong and resist abrasion/wear. They can be (and were) used as [[belts]], [[baldrics]], [[straps]], decorative trim or [[edging]]s etc.
   
Woven [[braid]]s are very strong and can easily be used as [[belts]], [[baldrics]], etc.
 
 
There are many people who can teach the basics of this art, so ask around, as it really helps to have a person to set you on your way.
 
There are many people who can teach the basics of this art, so ask around, as it really helps to have a person to set you on your way.
   
 
A great website for the basics is on Phiala's string page: - http://www.stringpage.com/old/basictw.html
 
A great website for the basics is on Phiala's string page: - http://www.stringpage.com/old/basictw.html
  +
Have a look at the other tutorials there too as they go into great depth about how it works together.
+
Have a look at the other tutorials there too as they go into great depth about how it all works. Tehre is even some great info on how to do some off the advanced stuff like 3/1 broken twill.
   
 
Also consider the [[group]]s:
 
Also consider the [[group]]s:

Revision as of 03:51, 26 June 2003

Tablet-weaving (also called card weaving) is a great way to make sturdy, woven bands of braid. These bands were used in period for straps, belts, braids for costume, bookmarks and ecclesiastical accoutrement.

The technique involves a set of cards threaded with (usually) four threads through the holes in the corners (6 is also known in period). The end of the threads are held tight and form the warp of the weave. The cards are turned a quarter-turn at a time, with the weft thread passing through the shed (or gap) between the upper pair of threads and the lower pair. Each card thus twines the four threads around each other and this twine is held in place by the weft.

Tablet-weaving is a warp faced weave, which means that the warp threads are what makes the surface-pattern. This pattern can be fairly complex depending on a several styles of tablet weaving, and the pattern is made up through the effect of:

  • threading of the cards (both the direction of threading and also what colours are in each hole)
  • turning the cards (forwards, backwards or any combination thereof)
  • "twisting" the cards (turning the card on its vertical axis to swap the colour that's on "top")

These bands can be extremely decorative (including intricate surface decorations in gold thread, called brocading), and was probably the major way of decorating clothes in early period.

Tablet-woven braids are very strong and resist abrasion/wear. They can be (and were) used as belts, baldrics, straps, decorative trim or edgings etc.

There are many people who can teach the basics of this art, so ask around, as it really helps to have a person to set you on your way.

A great website for the basics is on Phiala's string page: - http://www.stringpage.com/old/basictw.html

Have a look at the other tutorials there too as they go into great depth about how it all works. Tehre is even some great info on how to do some off the advanced stuff like 3/1 broken twill.

Also consider the groups: