Kid & Ewe photos from my Tablet Weaving class

Deb McClintock was kind enough to take photos of me teaching at Kid & Ewe. I’m posting them all, because there are a couple where I’m not sure if she’s looking at something specific.

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  1. admin
    admin says:

    :chuckle: Yup.. there’s a bunch of us – there are two major tablet weaving email lists, one paper journal. There’s a LiveJournal community, but it’s not very active. My specialty is very fine work, usually around 250 warp ends per inch, with double-face and brocading.

  2. admin
    admin says:

    Re: kid/n/ewes?

    LOL. Hoping for goats! There were alpacas and angora bunnies there; I didn’t see any goats, but they may have come and gone while I was busy teaching.

  3. admin
    admin says:

    the copper loom is based on Archie Brennan’s designs – I’ve got the measurements for it if you know anyone who wants to make one. They’re dead simple, and pop apart into a bundle of tubing.

  4. admin
    admin says:

    It went very well. I had 11 in my beginning class, 9 in my advanced class. There were a couple of people who were brand new, a few who have been weaving for many years, and a few in between. Most of the students got pretty good results, which always makes me happy.

  5. sola
    sola says:

    I swear, i’ve never seen you made such a Serious Face. Teaching classes is Serious Business. XD

    That contraption you’ve built for the weaving is brilliant.

  6. selkie_b
    selkie_b says:

    That loom is awesome! Used to do mine “backstrap” with a padded “roll-up” bar at my waist. Great fun, except when it was the girdle for my wedding bliaut (first husband) and I was taking up half the house and everyone had to knock before they turned any doorknobs! Now when we do it, I’ve taught my second husband, we rig it up to the table loom which gives great tension, but isn’t very portable!

  7. jenna_thorn
    jenna_thorn says:

    Heh, I have the same book and a loom similar to the one of the student on the front row, but am living proof that more than just references and equipment is required. I am wowed by the interlaced knotwork on your scissors sheath and completely intimidated by tablets. I’ve tried a couple of times and wound up cutting the warp off the loom, hopelessly tangled and kinked.

    You do such beautiful work.

  8. admin
    admin says:

    We’ll have to get together some time and see if I can’t help you through the intimidation. They can be tough to understand at first, but once you get a few basic things figured out (and they’re NOT in the Crockett book!) it’s easy.

  9. admin
    admin says:

    Hmm… that’s a tough one. Candace Crockett’s book is a good general overview, and written in very approachable language – but I disagree with some of the ways she does things. In particular, I think she makes the warping process more difficult than it needs to be. Peter Collingwood’s “Techniques of Tablet Weaving” is the Bible of Tablet Weaving… but, it is a little on the technical side and can be challenging for beginners. I have a number of other books, but most of them are ones that I got much later – so I didn’t go through the beginning material with an eye to starting out fresh.

    I’d say, get Crockett’s book, but read up on the Internet about how to do a “speed warp” or “ten minute warp.” It’s only good for certain kinds of designs, but it’s much faster. You can also warp the tablets one thread at a time while they’re on the support. What Crockett has you do, is measure and cut all the threads, and thread all the tablets, then comb the warp through with the tablets – I found that to be a tangly mess.

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Re: kid/n/ewes?

    I heard a rumor of some 17 day old baby goats there in one of the barns (some human kids were talking about them), but I never did get down to see them. I was too busy teaching and shopping.

    -Glenna the charkha princess.

  11. lightfootcim
    lightfootcim says:

    Looks like it was a fun class – I tried sooo hard to make it, but work got in the way (darn it). The older lady in red in front of you (pic 17) is a friend of mine (local weaving mafia ) and said that she really enjoyed your class. She and I still haven’t got together so she can show what she learned.

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