January 11, 2012

Finished the Tablet-woven Hearts

The card weaving samples I showed you the other day are now finished and so is the accompanying writeup.

Experienced weavers have reviewed both and said the fabric and writeup are ready for submission to the guild newsletter.

Here's the writeup, the pattern if you will, the project notes or documentation.

I passed threads through holes in the corners of a 3 inch square piece of cardstock.  The holes are marked clockwise A, B, C, and D.  I used 20 cards.  I alternately threaded cards Z and S; that is, one card had threads passing through from the left and the other from the right when viewed on the axis from above.  The cards hold the shed open and you turn the cards to change the shed.  I turned the pack of cards together, continually forward by quarter turns.  After every quarter turn, I threw a pick.  The far end of the warp was tied to a post and the near end fastened to a small cloth beam at my waist.

The fabric is warp-faced and warp-twined: the warp threads slant.  The alternate Z and S threading creates small chevrons across the fabric (cards 1 & 2, 3 & 4, etc.).  The contrasting accent colour shows the chevrons, hopefully appearing as tiny white hearts.  I placed the white chevrons across the strap according to a Fibonacci number sequence: 3 pink chevrons, 1 white chevron, 2 pink, 1 white, 3 pink.  I placed one white chevron at D and the other at C so you could see that for each card, a thread comes to the surface every four picks; that is, a complete turn of the card.

The fabric is thick and strong, useful for the strap of a bag.  Done in fine silk with both white chevrons placed at D, this sort of weaving would make a nice bookmark.

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