Tablet weaving at Autumn Crown

There was an arts and sciences display at the recent crown tournament in Drachenwald. There were so many awesome projects on display! It was a joy seeing contributions from people across the Kingdom.

I took along a collection of tablet woven bands I made in the last few years, some of which had never made it to events before. This is a small tour of the pieces I exhibited.

The bands

Pictured below, top left to bottom right, are five belts I made using:

  • A simple 4F4B pattern (one of the first I wove)
  • A completely reversible design using the ‘saxon-style’ pack idling technique.
  • My orion A pattern, a six point star on a 3-1 twill background with tubular borders.
  • A monochrome laurel leaves pattern, which I developed based on ancient greek pottery.
  • One of the variations in my ‘scattering of oak leaves’ pattern.

Then there was a panel of various sample bands (pictured at the very top of this post). Most of them were of finalised designs, but I did include some test pieces as well.

I included the majority of the ermine patterns I’ve designed. I had shown those before at an event in early 2020. The picture below is from that earlier display .

Then there were five bands of two-hole tablet weaving. In the picture below:

  • The band on the far right is a pebble-weave version of the Dublin dragons, using someone else’s pattern.
  • The red/blue/gold band next to it is my take on the Finnish diamonds band, which was drawn in an archaelogy book by Theodor Schwindt in 1892.
  • The other three bands use the same technique I developed for my Finnish diamonds pattern. Actually, someone somewhere has a length of my Finnish diamonds, because I contributed a band as a prize for a sponsored tournament at Raglan a few years ago.

Then came a set of experimental pieces.

  • On the left below are two brocade test bands with a blue background, which I made using 8-hole cards. I was pleased with how these turned out, and have since made a filet using the same technique.
  • On the right are three red monochrome samples, none of which made the mark. I’ve redesigned them all.

And yet there’s more below!
Doubleface designs I created (from top left to bottom right): Fleur-de-lis, Davis backstaff, octant, sextant, short lucet, sword/gladius, cinquefoil, dog’s paw-print, fleur-de-lis again, ermine head/face, outline tudor rose, 8 point star from medieval floor tile, otter face, small 8 point star (which didn’t work well), tudor rose (again), lattice pattern with dots, hanging cauldron with steam, pitcher/jug, simple cat face, long lucet, rocket, cat reaching, cat eating from a bowl.

Below : oak leaves and acorns on a vine; oak leaves in various zigzags, and an attempt at showing twining threads and cards as a doubleface pattern. Unsurprisingly the twining design has been shelved. I’ve since created a new one that I’m happier with. Just haven’t had time to make it yet.

Below are a set of bands I designed that display dragon and raven heads in various combinations. The patterns are all 8 row repeats, in which each row is different. They are very similar to kivrim patterns, in which each repeat is also 8 rows long, but there are only four different rows each of which is repeated twice.

Below top: a first attempt at snartemo style patterns
Below bottom: a simple clover leaf pattern that I submitted to the Baelfyr a couple of years ago.

Nearly done! Below, is a comparison of a six point star on a twill background (orion A) vs the same star on a standard doubleface background.

I also included a light blue/dark blue band made with tablets. The borders were tablet woven, but the central part of the band was a sampler of tabby, twill, hopsack etc .


Mostly historical sources including grave finds, pottery, armorials and manuscripts.

There are six motifs inspired by modern sources. Can you spot them?

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