26 January, 2012
How to Make Inexpensive Cards for Tablet Weaving
I made a large stack of cards for tablet weaving. By supplying some labour, I got cards at a lower cost than buying pre-made cards from a weaving supply shop.
I took some decks of playing cards, the oversized kind, and with a paper cutter I trimmed an end off of each card to make each square. I rounded the corners with scissors. On the advice of a relative, I went to a printing shop and had the holes cut. I supplied the shop with a store-bought card for reference and I also made a template since the playing cards were larger. To make the template, I drew circles on one playing card by laying the store-bought card over top, matching its corner with the corner underneath, tracing inside the hole, then repeating this by moving the store-bought card to each corner.
If I'd used a hole punch, some of the holes would be misaligned and I would have gotten discouraged from the tediousness of the task. My dad tried using a drill press on a small stack of trimmings but the holes came out ragged.
Now I have enough cards to warp all one dozen of the Old Believer cloth beams my dad made.