Orion A

Tablet woven band, made using the Orion A pattern

Guy sitting at a desk staring at the stars. Detail from an anonymous German manuscript (circa 1450) held in the Crawford Collection at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.
Detail from a German manuscript (circa 1450)

Orion A is a pattern inspired by a conversation in the Facebook group “The Company of Thuban“. The Company was formed by people in Drachenwald (SCA), who are interested in the study of astronomy and astrology throughout history.

The pattern depicts a six-point star on a twill background, and it has a tubular border formed from the outermost three border cards. The star is based on those found in a picture from an  anonymous German manuscript (circa 1450) held in the Crawford Collection at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

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I worked the sample in Häkelgarn 100 crochet cotton, colors 101, 121, 129, 130 and 134. I used two strands of standard sewing thread held together for the weft, so that the weft was less than half the thickness of  a single warp thread. This helped prevent the design from becoming too elongated. Each pattern repeat is about 32mm long. The band is an average of 30mm wide.

When the warp floats over more than one pick, some weavers find that the pattern area ‘encroaches’ on the innermost border card, resulting in a wobbly line.  You can see this on the underside of Orion A, where the white ‘background’ overlaps the black border card. Compare that with how the black border card sits next to the light blue…

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Topside (left) and underside (right) of the band

I’m pleased with how this has turned out. It is the first four-hole twill pattern I’ve designed successfully.

All feedback is very welcome.