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Mystery Weave 5: Color-Coded Tablet Weaving

When I started learning to tablet weave, I had a terrible time reading the charts. They looked simple enough, but I was constantly getting lost. I would turn a tablet ...

Small Tablet Woven Bands from Egypt: Part 3

The band from the sleeve fragment of the Metropolitan Museum The sleeve fragment was in 1890 a gift of George F. Baker to the Metropolitan Museum. There is not much ...

Our weaving journey together

Louise is the owner of the Swedish company Spångmurs. She started tablet weaving in 1964 and has been weaving ever since. Spångmurs works to preserve and further develop craft traditions, ...

What a surprise

When I retired some years ago, I asked myself, “What do I want to do with my freedom?” There were and are numerous things to choose among but one thing ...

Weaving the Grödinge tapestry

Replica of Grödingebonaden at Grödinge Church, Sweden, woven by Handarbetets Vänner, Stockholm and donated to the church in 1952. It is a double weave called finn weave. Photo: Jssfrk, CC ...

Weaving Online

I am not a stranger to sharing tablet weaving online. In the Summer 1996 edition of TWIST (Volume III, Issue 2), there’s a note in the News section: “There is ...

Warp Spreader

I often use my inkle loom for tablet weaving. Not wanting to make any permanent modifications to the inkle loom, I made a warp spreader that slides over the far ...

Tubular selvedge? Revisiting the Snartemo II narrow band

In tablet woven bands we can find small details disclosing advanced techniques. What can the Snartemo II narrow band tell us? In tablet woven bands we can find small details ...

Book Review: A Lily Grove 2 by Claudia Wollny

Whenever Claudia Wollny publishes a new tablet weaving book, I have high expectations. She has always written beautiful books with easy to understand instructions and countless patterns. With her newest ...

Mystery Weave 4: Lettering

Basic Concepts The double-faced technique is used to weave geometric designs, pictorial images, letters, and symbols. The designs appear on both sides of the weaving, with the colors and image ...

Remembering Otfried Staudigel

Otfried Staudigel was a master tablet-weaver from Krefeld. I never had a chance to meet him, yet a long-lasting exchange of letters revealed his strong affinity for the French language. ...

Deciphering Tablet Weaving Patterns

As a self-taught tablet weaver, I have read many websites and books on how to tablet weave – and they all use a different method to notate the patterns and ...

Small Tablet Woven Bands from Egypt: Part 2

The Border from Antinoé Grave C 333 The narrow border, which comes from grave C 333 in Antinoé, was woven using two-hole technique. It is sewn onto a fragment of ...
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In Memoriam: Barbara Focke

band woven by Barbara, TWIST Member since 1999 There are so many things I could tell about my mother and her nice hobbies; it is difficult for me to do ...

Ergonomics in Tablet Weaving

Photo 1: Barbara May demonstrates good posture as well astablet weaving at the Handweaving Museum at Rupperath,near Euskirchen, Germany. Photo: Matthias May In our so highly civilized world, aching backs, ...

Revealing the second Mystery Weave: a Finnish Pattern by Mervi Pasanen and Maikki Karisto

Blue sky, white snow and brown bark. Here is a complete Finnish winter landscape with a snowflake-like pattern. This beautiful band was woven by none other than one of the ...

Discovering the Possibilities of Twill Weaving with Tablet Weaving

advanced pattern with 24 cards Lexicon “3/1 broken twill" is a special card weaving technique with its own "twill" structure; this technique is very different from twill in loom weaving. ...

Small Tablet Woven Bands from Egypt

In excavations of burial grounds in Egypt, for example, Antinoé, which were carried out in the 19th century, many textiles have been found. These are known as Coptic textiles, fabrics ...

Mystery Weave 3: Easy and Creative Using Excel

You will discover in the following pages a very interesting article by Silvia Aisling, describing several bands from ancient Egypt. To write the patterns, Silvia used a very simple yet ...
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A Timeline in Tablet Weaving

Figure 1 It started with those handsome Kivrim bands some Viking re-enactors used to decorate their clothes: Running Dog and Ram’s Horns from Anatolia.My idea was to place Kivrim where ...
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Trouble with Threading?

Threading can sometimes go awfully wrong. In this case, the best scenario is probably putting it aside, clearing your mind and coming back to it a few hours or even ...
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About Memories … and the Creative Process

Santa Barbara, California - Summer 2001. My husband was a guest scientist at the university for a few months, and I planned to attend meetings of the local guild of ...
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Getting the Word Out

Figure 1: a sazigyo from Burma (Myanmar) – a decorated inscription band for binding religious texts. Sample of the text in the body of the band Figure 2: detail of ...
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“Mystery Weave”: Exploring New Ways

Last summer, our TWIST journal brought us a refreshing surprise: a "Mystery Weave." Anne-Laure Janssen, our new Editor, introduced this feature to provide fun and suspense to the readers, but ...
Maikki Karisto’s Notation System: Mystery Weave 2 tablet weaving chart

Maikki Karisto’s Notation System: Mystery Weave 2

Most of you are familiar with Maikki Karisto and Mervi Pasanen’s book Applesies and fox noses1*. Some of you may also follow their Facebook page, lautanauhat/tablet weaving where they share ...

Sample Exchange 2020

Following the success of the past sample exchange, let’s give you one more time the freedom to choose any technique. The new theme is: Animal Kingdom. Are you willing to ...

Following Tablet Weaving to Norway and my Family’s Sheep Farm

I always knew Biri and Østre Gausdal, the name of the villages from where my family trekked off to “Amerika” with the spinning wheel, cards and swift on board. Their ...
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Egyptian Diagonals with John Mullarkey

Egyptian diagonals are a gift to tablet weavers. Even beginner weavers can produce these bold, eye-catching designs. But these designs aren't just for beginners. John Mullarkey has released a new ...

A Woven Poem, “Night Song of the Fish” after Christian Morgenstern (personal experience)

 Translated by Aviva Peres  This work is a meeting between a joy of the mind–poetry, and a joy of the hands–weaving. During my years of work as a librarian in ...
Mystery Weave 1: GTT Patterns tablet weaving chart

Mystery Weave 1: GTT Patterns

I would like to introduce a new heading in the Journal: the mystery weave. The idea originated with a post by Sarah Pritchard in the tablet weaving sharing group on ...
Tablet Weaving at Winterberry Charter School

Tablet Weaving at Winterberry Charter School

I have the pleasure of teaching handwork (AKA fiber arts) at Winterberry Charter School in Anchorage, Alaska. Winterberry is a Waldorf methods school. One aspect of our school is that ...
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roslein und wecklein

by Ute Bargmann and Claudia Wollny Self-published, 2018 The Codex Palatinus Germanicus 5511 was written in the 15th century by nuns of the “Poor Clares.”2 Originally the manuscript was described as instructions ...

A Conclave of Card Weavers

Fifteen card weavers got together during the Complex Weavers’ Conference in Reno, Nevada on July 11, 2018. Our range of experience ran from beginners to several who write, teach, and/or ...

6-Hole Diagonals

Egyptian Diagonals, also called Double-Card Double-Turn Diagonals, is one of my favorite tablet weaving techniques. I can warp twenty cards in ten minutes, spend two minutes setting up, and start ...
Tablet woven band by Sylvie Odstrčilová

Simple tablet-woven bands from medieval Prague (Czech Republic)

Richly patterned and brocaded tablet-woven bands have always received a lot of attention. With the multitude of photos of original bands in the museums as well as photos of their ...
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TWIST at Convergence® 2018

The TWIST gathering at Convergence® in Reno, Nevada July 6, 2018 drew a room-filling crowd of around forty people. It was a great mix: well-known tablet weavers, enthusiasts, current and ...

The Logical Connection between Hole Positions, Threading Chart and Pattern Development

The different ways of marking hole positions in the tablet and the differing ways of looking at the threaded tablets (tablet slant versus threading direction) will at times cause a ...

Everyday items that make a weaver’s life easier

Keep skeins under control with a laundry basket The more colors you use during warping, the more nightmarish it can get, especially when—like me—you use skeins instead of cones. The ...

Creating weaving diagrams using GTT and Inkscape

When I first started tablet weaving I was able to weave most patterns, admittedly poorly at first. The sole exception was the 3/1 twill, which seemed awkward to me. Later ...

A Festive Event of Tablet Weaving and Cithara Music

Claire Gerentet demonstrates weaving with tablets as her daughter Maguy plays cithara. 15th century church in Mérignat, France, now a center for cultural activities.   A special family project was ...

Tablets at Work

Claudia Wollny Self-published, 2017 Review © 2018 by Sandra Millar, Kelowna BC I am very new to card weaving. My interest came about because of a mention in a piece ...

Tablet weaving techniques: The Float Pattern Book

Kartweeftechniken: patronen met kettingflottering De Kaart, Gelselaar, Holland, 2017 Review © 2018 by Birgit Höffmann In her newest book Marijke van Epen gives us her interpretation of a number of ...

Tubular Selvages, A Finnish Specialty

Considered one of the most beautiful and most complex Finnish tablet woven bands, the Masku Humikkala band lead to some important discoveries in Finnish tablet weaving: tubular selvages and double ...
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“Be My Valentine” Pattern in 3/1 Twill

Claudia shares her latest pattern with us, the stylized hearts shown in the band on the front cover. This pattern may be combined with twill patterns from Claudia’s books A ...

Tablets at Work

 Claudia Wollny Self-published, 2017 Review © 2018 by Lausanne Allen Claudia Wollny’s much anticipated Tablets At Work began arriving to our mail boxes with a hearty thud early last December ...

The Quiet Life of Bhutanese Belts

Walking through the Eastern Bhutanese countryside, one can hear the tak tak of backstrap weavers pounding wefts into place. A faster tak tak rhythm indicates that a woman is weaving ...

Arlon – The Enigma of Lost Threads

Serendipitous Time Travel Many fortunate circumstances were at work to bring the stole and maniple in almost perfect condition to St. Donat at Arlon in Belgium. In general, the two ...

Searching For Iranian Bands

Photo 1: Woven band with peacock design. During my several decades as a tablet weaver, I always was struck by the beauty of Persian bands with images of birds like ...

Candace Crockett: A Textile Legacy

Members of Twist are all familiar with Candace Crockett’s groundbreaking book, Card Weaving. Kimono Series: Plum Kimono, 9.5” x 6.5”, silk Many of us learned to do this wonderful technique by ...
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Russian Belt Tassels

Figure 1 In the Fall 2004 issue of TWIST, we spoke about the very important role that a belt plays not only in clothing but also generally in Russian traditional ...

Tablet Weaving for Garment Trimmings

An ancient and effective use for tablet weaving is as garment trimmings. Many weavers enjoy augmenting their handmade clothing with tablet woven bands. The topic recently came up on the ...

Card or Tablet Weaving? — Continuous Warp and Threaded in Patterns — Weaving Tension

Discussions on the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) e-mail list prompted these replies from Peter Collingwood. On the terminology of tablet weaving he wrote: The full story goes like this... ...

Cording Structure: The Structure of the Amazon Bracelet Now in Card Weaving

Photo 1 By Karen van Gelder-Mauve From Handwerken Zonder Grenzen, May 1986, page 31-36, Amsterdam, Holland. Edited by Henriette Beukers The English translation form Dutch is by Liesel van Cleef ...