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Tablet Weaving

Tablet weaving

Tablet weaving was a method of producing narrow bands of decorative cloth which were often used to decorate the edges of garments such as tunics. It is often practised with the working end attached to the belt and the other to a peg in the floor, however there is some evidence for weaving frames: This frame is a reconstruction of the fragmentary frame found with the partly completed tablet weaving from the Oseberg ship burial.

Tablet weaving is a warp-faced fabric, woven using a set of square cards or "tablets" with holes in their corners. Each set of four warp threads passes through the corners of one card. As the cards are given a quarter turn, one of the threads from the bottom of each set of four will move to the top, and one of the top threads will move down. The weft is then fed through the gap between the top and bottom, and beaten down into place. The next quarter turn exchanges the other pair of threads in each set. As this process slowly twists the warp threads, it is customary to periodically reverse the direction of turning.

Below: Detail of the weaving cards.
Bottom: The finished Braid

Tablet Weaving CardsTablet woven Braids

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