Tablet Weaving Class 3

The tablet weaving class on Saturday was a very small one with only two students and myself.  I wasn’t in the least surprised since this was the third month in a row… and it’s the month (and almost the week) that school started here in Sherman.   It made for a very enjoyable  3 hours… ;o)

This is Donna.  We had about an hour with only the two of us, so Donna chose to use 10 cards and do a 10 card 4F-4B design.  She was amazingly quick at picking up the process.

This is Kathy.   Since we had a little less time to work with, Kathy chose to do a 4 card all forward design.  Another quick study, she picked up the process quickly.

This was indeed a very enjoyable class… I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed these two ladies and all the ladies that have attended these classes.   (We have decided to do this again around my kitchen table… ;o)

For the last few evenings, I have been experimenting with stick weaving some strips using 1″ strips of fabric.  (Remember the sheet that I cut into 1″ strips to try to make a rug on my Kromski Harp?… It worked fine for a table runner or kitchen mat, but not really good for a bathroom rug. )

These are working out wonderfully.  The fabric strip warps are wide enough that they hold the weft really well and the whole thing is wonderfully squishy underfoot.

These weaving sticks are larger than usual.  I made them from 3/4 in. poplar dowels that were cut into 6 1/4 ” ( 16 cm) lengths.  One end is rounded on the belt sander and the other end is flattened on the round vertical sander (on both sides) until the dowel is left approx 1/4″  thick.  I then drilled a 3/8″  hole in the flattened end.   I have made many sets of these weaving sticks in several different sizes, but these seem to be the perfect size for using with cloth.

The cloth used was an old set of king size sheets that I cut up into 1″ strips.  This was done by folding the sheets in half, then half again, then half again…. always in the same direction.  This made the fabric easy to fit onto my cutting surface with the extra long end held using a chair at the end of my work table.   I am almost at the end of my fabric and do not have enough to make this rug as big as my DH would like to have it.  Thankfully, there are several more outmoded sheet sets (mostly found in thrift stores or just used up by us..) on the shelves.  Hopefully there will be some with yellow in them.. ;o)

I have been working on a tutorial for using these weaving sticks to make a rug.  When this is finished, I will post a pic and put the tute up also..

And here’s a thought to “weave” on…

“We all have our own life to pursue,

Our own kind of  dream to be weaving.

And we all have the power to make wishes come true,

As long as we keep believing.” …..  Louisa May Alcott

Have a wonderful day.. ;o)

About Linda S.

Retired Grandma living in North Central Texas and enjoying being able to spend my time with all my many crafting interests.
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3 Responses to Tablet Weaving Class 3

  1. Jeanne B. says:

    Hi! I found your blog while searching for “Tablet Weaving Looms”. I’m interested to find out details about the looms your class was using–brand, where I can get one, and so on. If it was handmade, maybe the plans are available?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can give. I’m just learning to card weave and I’m sure I’d be happier with a portable set up like this, as opposed to strapping myself to a C-clamp like I’ve been doing.

  2. Melody Allen says:

    Do you have the next step of putting the fabric rug together? Tablet weaving Class 3?

  3. Linda S. says:

    I’m sorry, Melody, I don’t. I actually gave these pieces to a friend of mine who appeared to desperately want them and she did sew them together (using regular sewing thread) along the long edges and uses it for her bathroom rug. I had planned to use a strip of the like fabric and weave the pieces together by slipping the fabric over and under the side stitch of each piece.. in effect weaving them together using fabric strips.

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