I’m working on materials for a class I’m going to be teaching in Fort Worth next weekend, and also eventually for the classes I’ll be teaching in Santa Monica this August.
I teach beginning and advanced tablet weaving by starting with a simple sampler that teaches a variety of techniques, from simple checks and stripes to Egyptian diagonals and doubleface, moving on into brocade. I have several of these little samplers, but they’re small… usually I do them with something like 10/2 cotton, so the ribbon is about half an inch wide.
I decided to give it a try, weaving the sampler with macrame cord – so that I can hold it up and point to it, and an entire room full of people can see what I’m talking about. It was….. an experience. Weaving with macrame cord is tough; I definitely can’t recommend it as a delightful experience. But, it had the desired effect – the sampler is at this uber-magnified scale.
Checkers are one of the simple 4F/4B techniques.
Long checks are a little more tricky – 2F, 2B, 2F, 2B, 4F, 4B. It makes a nice simple trim, if you make the repeats regular.
Turning the tablets just a little to a different arrangement, yields these waves.
And the wave threading can be used to make Egyptian diagonals – which has a huge variety of design possibilities.
Doubleface lets you do lettering, graphic designs, etc.
The tablets on the copper loom. I can definitely recommend the copper loom – about $30 worth of Home Depot shopping to build, and it pops apart and together with ease. I need to put screws in the corner pieces, because it’s a little TOO flexible right now.
This is what you can’t really see from any of the other photos – the damned thing is FOUR INCHES wide. It’s huge.