HNW - Tablet weaving dibba at
Fri Mar 23 15:09:39 PST 2001


I'd like to thank you all again, for the additional, and very helpful 
information.  With all these wonderful leads, I should be able 
(hopefully), to learn the techniques of tablet weaving.

I hope it isn't too complicated.

Again, my hearty thanks.



>  >interested in learning how to do tablet weaving - but only the kind
>>where pictures, letters, etc., are created - dark and light
>>patterning?  I've spun a ton of silk, and would like to do something
>>I think I need to see a pattern - with instructions - where pictures
>>and or letters appear. If I can do it once with a pattern, I think
>>I'll have it.
>And Nic offered:
>>There is a book called Eccleisiastic Pomp (or something like that - someone
>borrowed my copy) that has lots of these kinds of patterns.  The author is
>Nancy Spies.  I can forward your request to her and she can tell you where
>to get a copy.
>_Step By Step Tablet Weaving_, Marjorie and William Snow, 1973, is probably
>out of print, but has some very good pictures and directions.
>Ecclesiastical Pomp Aristocratic Circumstance, Nancy Spies, 2000, ISBN
>0-615-11861-7.  Terrific reference for history, techniques, patterns, --
>even brocades and twills!
>I believe the "designs" you're wanting to create are pretty much advanced,
>better to tackle when one figures out what turns produce what precise
>additions to the patterns; the peculiarities of multiple-card,
>multiple-direction weaves; the double chevrons and full-pattern additions;
>and most sincerely, how to unweave and still find and follow your patterns
>through unweaving and picking up the pattern from there.
>That said, here's the best pointer I can offer: do A and B one color and C
>and D a contrasting color throughout the set you want to use for the
>lettering and/or patterning.  It takes some advance planning, but with some
>unweaving, patience and practice, if you've a knack for tedium you'll get to
>where you can create block designs similar to cross stitch.  This is the
>foundation for the more flowing designs of the ancient masters.
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