I looked up from the weaving and *how many* months had gone by??!! Two very large projects have taken most of my time over this last year. To take a break from those patterns, I worked on several shorter pieces.
Samples from Applesies & Fox Noses:
Small purse made from offcuts.
Trying out silk warps for the first time:
First experiment with silk: warp in 20/2 nm silk, weft no 15 crochet cotton.
Second experiment in silk: this time with thinner threads, 30/2nm silk warp and linen weft.
Playing with 2-hole designs:
And adding the finishing touches to a garment:
I’m in the middle of making diagrams and writing up. With any luck, there may a pattern or two in the near future 🙂
I tried tablet weaving years ago, making a couple of belts and many yards of trim. But I never really “got” how things worked, which led to me wandering away and trying other crafts instead.
Last December, I found 2 patterns for the “Birka strapwork” design on the Lautanauhat FaceBook page. I hadn’t seen patterns written in this way before. The diagrams included the position of the cards rather than the threading direction. That small detail helped me understand how card position relates to card threading and the pattern produced by the turning sequence.
Since that “Eureka!” moment I have made a few samples from the Applesies & Fox Noses book, successfully drafted a pattern from a photograph and learned more about weft tension than I thought was possible.
A big thankyou to Mervi Pasanen & Maikki Karisto for the inspiration to revisit tablet weaving!
The Lautanauhat versions of the Birka strapwork pattern: