Teeny weeny tablet weave

teent tablet

Three teeny weeny tablet woven book markers, which will hopefully be mounted into the book covered by the goldworked velvet I’m currently plugging away at.

Gareth went a bit David Bailey on me trying to take this pic – he got his tripod out and everything. First we tried it on the worktop – too dark, then we tried it on the three kilo bag of dessicated coconut – too shiny, and eventually we settled on the page of a recipe book for scale.

It’s not particularly impressive tablet weave, but it is tiny. It’s done with 60/2 nm silk, which for those of you who don’t speak weaver, is kind of like sewing cotton in thickness. Normally I use a linen warp with silk, because it grips better and gives a neater edge, but in this case I used silk.

All three were done from the same warp, which I spaced with a piece of card so tat the end of each one could have a little tassel. The patterns are created by turning each band slightly differently. Top is all in the same direction, middle is a variation on the classic rams horn pattern which involves turning the cards in two directions at once, and the oxo one at the bottom is four rotations forward then four back.

I was going to do the third band with a different variation on rams horn, but since each band is about a quarter of an inch wide the subtlety of rams horn is a little lost to the naked eye (you can see it better here because it’s enlarged) so I decided it wasn’t really worth the extra effort. Besides which, the book cover is c16th, and by then they were using the easier patterns anyway – one of the oddities of historical tablet weave is that it actually gets more complex the further back in time you go, like some sort of bizarre reverse evolution.

Now all I have to do is finish the embroidery and  I can send the thing off to be mounted

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~ by opusanglicanum on April 19, 2013.

21 Responses to “Teeny weeny tablet weave”

  1. Very nice work…. I get all fingers and thumbs when I try to tablet weave!!

  2. They’re rather beautiful and impressively detailed for something so very small. They will be a great addition to the book you’ve made. I’ve read how-to’s on tablet weaving and I’ve seen Roman tablets in the local museum (bone tablets – one square and one triangular) but so far I haven’t taken the plunge. Now you’re tempting me too….

    • I have a bit of a problem with left right up and down, so although I can do some very technical things in tablet weave those beginners books are pure gibberish to me (I generally just look at the pictures and copy the pattern from there), so I would advise you to get someone to give you a basic lesson as its really much simpler than the books make it look

  3. Just exquisite.

  4. They look lovely, and your comment about the instructions making it seem more complicated than it is maybe explains why the kit I had was confusing rather than enlightening!

  5. Lovely! And so tiny! Those are going to be beautiful in your book.

    Tablet weaving is something I’ve only dabbled a tiny bit in. Did my first band in wool and learnt why people recommend not learning with wool. Did my second band from wool and backstrap and learnt why you should never do that with designs that have only half the holes in the tablet threaded…

    Perhaps I should just try to find someone to learn from who can warn me of all the stupid mistakes before I start…

  6. No speakie weaver’s….. you have a 3kg bag of dessicated coconut?

    • I can’t digest modern wheat, and it works out about £1 per kilo cheaper if I get my spelt flour online, wholesale, but you get free postage if you spend more than a certain amount but your parcel wieghs less than 30kg – so a certain amount of maths goes into the quartlerly baking order. luckily the online shop does really good deals on bulk bags of baking stuff – I also buy 2.5kilo bags of ground almonds, and it all works out half the price of supermarkets. a 3kg bag of dessicated coconut is sort of like a large coconut scented cushion – mystic tanya sees a coconut cake or three in gareth’s immediate future.

      best buy ever from them is 200g (about 150 individual pods) vanilla pods for £15, when they’re about £3 each in sainsburys. I made custard macaron this afternoon

      oh, yes, and you were in spam

      • I’m logged in using FB, so hopefully I’m not in spam for once. Has it worked?
        Ah – I’m a FODMAP person (Fermentable Sugars), and wheat intolerant. Eating Spelt and Sprouted Grain bread this week. The domestication of common grains really hasn’t helped us, has it. I’m a big quinoa person. Can’t do coconut unfortunately – full of sugar. Honey bad too.Vanilla pods, mega-dribble!!! That’s a really really great price. There’s a stall at my local market that specialises in all those wonderful (rye, buckwheat etc) products, since the supermarket thinks they are terribly exotic and trendy and charges through the nose for them.

      • not spam this time. It sort of happened slowly with me, I’d been going to the doctor with stomach problmes for a few years, none of the drugs worked, gave up wheat and I was fine. I like spelt cos I can use it the same way as wheat, and if I’d had to give up yorkshire puddings I would have been devastated

      • Coconut cake soaked in a light orange juice sugar syrup!

  7. Awesome work that is giving me an itch to try something like it in metal, thank you.

    • I’ve never seen tbalet done with metal – historically gold thread is only used as a supplemental weft, so isn’t structural. I tried french knitting in silver once and hated it, I decided it was easier to do loop in loop!

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