Warping of the painted silk has begun. It’s ready to be sleyed and threaded. The warp was painted earlier at a dye day at the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston‘s Guild House. I wasn’t excited about the results, so I set it aside for a few months. Now I’m ready to put my design ideas to work. I will be threading an 8 harness manifold weave. I’m still debating weft colors so that will probably need some sampling.
On the inkle loom a new tablet weaving is in the works using three colors in the warp and 16 tablets .
There is still one loom naked so I hope this next week to work on another project for it.
After taking a workshop, I always wonder if I can do this on my own. When I took the workshop on Tablet weaving we did not wind our own warps. Michael Cook the instructor supplied pre-warped tablets that we put directly on our inkle looms. He did demonstrate a method of continuous warping, which is done directly onto the inkle loom. So at home after finishing the class sampler it was time to wind my own warp.
First though I bought a new cone stand. This stand is made by Fiber Artist Supply Co., LLC. My husband said he couldn’t make it for what their price was. Also, I purchased an additional set 25 tablets (2 1\2 inch square thin laminate cards), that fit perfectly in my hand, from Lacis. So now I have 31 Tablets.( In retrospect I probably should have bought 2 sets.)
Band woven with 16 tablets, using 10/2 mercerized cotton in Navy, and lt. blue.
Next will be to try using more than 2 colors. This will add more interest, but will make warping a bit more difficult.
Examples of Tablet Weaving
On this past Friday I took a class on Tablet Weaving taught by Michael Cook. Michael has done some incredible Tablet Woven pieces. On his website you can see examples of his work. Http://wormspit.com
Michael Cook demonstrating Tablet Weaving
Our looms were warped with black and white 10/2 mercerized cotton, using 15 tablets. This gives one a narrow band when woven. More cards are used to increase the width of the band. I used a Schacht inkle loom to weave on. The tablets are turned forward and backward to weave the pattern. Tablet Weaving seemed counter intuitive to me at first. Michael was very patient and encouraging as we learned the technique. The handout provided is also very helpful.
The next day at home I continued to practice Tablet weaving. My sampler was looking better. So in this case practice makes perfect or at least better.
Tablet Weaving on Inkle Loom