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…working at my 5th tablet woven band :)

2017-04 - Racaire - tablet weaving - tablet woven band for my husbands tunic - SCA - medieval weaving techniquesAs you can see at the picture on the right, I started working at another tablet woven band. My 5th tablet woven band, to be exact. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tablet weaving is a very welcome break for me as it keeps my hands busy and allows me to recharge my batteries after the most recent scroll (King’s champion, Rose Tourney & my husbands knighting scroll & vigil book page) and embroidery projects. Though I am still fairly new to this craft, I feel great when I rotate the cards and witness their magic as the pattern develops with every turn I make. I really love how this technique gives my mind the opportunity to simply relax and to think about past and future projects.

Furthermore this new tablet weaving project will help me to restock my stash as my last tunic projects/christmas gifts for my husband nearly used up my whole stash of tablet woven bands. That reminds me that I still haven’t posted about my last 12th century blue/grey raw silk tunic with dalmatica neckline which I made for my husband as christmas present for last christmas. But no worries, this new 12th century tunic project is on my “I have to post about” list – I promise!  *lol*

…and now back to my 5th tablet woven band:

2017-04 - Racaire - tablet weaving - tablet woven band for my husbands tunic - SCA - medieval weaving techniquesThe pattern for this tablet woven band – “2. Little chicken toes with bird’s eyes” – can be found in following book about tablet weaving:

Applesies and Fox Noses โ€“ Finnish Tablet woven Bands
Authors: Maikki Karisto & Mervi Pasanen
Photography: Riikka Sundqvist
ISBN 978-952-5774-49-8
96 pages, softcover
Available here: Salakirjat

…and here a picture of the pattern from page 33, to give you an idea of how a pattern for tablet weaving looks like, if you haven’t worked this technique yet:

2017-04_Racaire_tabletweaving_pattern-example_Applesies-and-fox-noses-bookAs you can see on the picture above, the pattern I chose is a very simple pattern with only a few colors and rather simple forward and backward rotations. And if you are completely new to tablet weaving – don’t worry! The book describes all technique details one has to know in order to do this pattern in its technique section at the beginning. ๐Ÿ™‚

But even the most easy pattern doesn’t help if one doesn’t pay attention:

2017-04 - Racaire - tablet weaving - tablet woven band for my husbands tunic - SCA - medieval weaving techniques…however, I was already too far into the pattern to go back and to correct my mistake. And well, we all know that the same rule applies here which applies to most embroidery projects – in most cases the artisan who made it will be the only one to actually spot the mistake unless someone examines the band very closely… *lol*

Actually the mistake was not so bad anyway. It showed me a very lovely and simple pattern possibility which I might like to try in the future as it is really pretty… *giggle* …apropos altered pattern – some of you might have already encountered that my pattern in the middle has some more diamonds than the original pattern from the book. Well, I simply took the original pattern and threaded one more pack of tablets for another diamond at the side… 

And last but not least let’s talk about the threads I used for this project: 

Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread
Classic 10 Size
100% Mercerized Cotton

After discovering some very nice crochet thread which is available in so many lovely colors and comes in nice quantities at the local crafting store I just couldn’t resist. And I got me some white, black and yellow thread…

I have to blame it all on a good friend of mine who gave me some lovely yellow and purple crochet thread which sparked a new interest in tablet weaving… Because, well, you know – a girl like me wants to play with threads… ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Stay tunned! More about my most recent embroidery project will follow soon… ๐Ÿ˜€

Best regards Racaire