A rose

I’ve made a double face tablet weaving pattern for a rose, with five petals, five leaves and a pierced centre. It takes a total of 48 cards: 42 pattern cards and 6 border cards. Take a look and see what you think!

The rose is one of the oldest flowers depicted in heraldry. In its simplest form, it is a five petaled flower. In *really* early heraldic devices, there was no distinction between a rose and a cinquefoil. Having already made a pattern for a cinquefoil, I looked at later depictions of roses in heraldy and manuscripts. I lost count of the ways a rose has been drawn – with leaves, with extra details, with multiple layers of petals.

Even keeping thing “simple” I found that I could not reduce the number of pattern cards below 42, without losing too much detail. The concave outer edges of the petals and the leaves were key features that I wanted to keep.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure about the result when I wove it, so I set it aside for several months. When I came back to it, I looked at it with new eyes and was rather pleased with how it looked. Now I’m determined to design other versions – right after I’ve finished the current project that’s on the cards 🙂

When you try the pattern:

  • Ideally, I’d suggest adding space to either side of the rose with more pattern cards, but you don’t have to.
  • I recommend a minimum of 3 border cards on each edge of the band.
  • When worked in #80 crochet cotton the band turns out at between 23mm to 25mm wide.
  • Use a weft thread that is thinner than the warp, and beat the weft in very firmly. This helps minimise distortion of the rose.
Close up of an outlined rose worked in double face tablet weaving.  The foreground is gold, and the background is purple.

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