It’s All in the Cards

Yesterday was a fun day, spent at Brenda’s (Penelope Fibre Arts) where Kim McKenna (Claddagh Fibre Arts) taught an introductory workshop on Card Weaving.  Card weaving uses a set of cards, with holes punched in the four corners.  A huge variety of patterns can be achieves, simply by how you thread, twist and turn the cards.  Card weaving, also known as tablet weaving, has a very long and rich history, and is worth spending more time in research and study.

Kim had the looms set up for us to start,

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and we learned basic stitch designs including checker, diagonal, wavy, horizontal, 2/2 and 4/4 offset chevrons, larger chevron, and diamonds, on sixteen cards.

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Kim then showed us how to set up the looms on our own, and let us borrow them to take home to play with.  This morning I wove off four small bookmarks, each with a different pattern.

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The warp is two shades of brown and two shades of blue.  This is a lovely way to create bands and tapes, and I look forward to trying lots of different things with this way of weaving.   Thanks, Kim, for the great day!

Now I am off to Dye pot club, a group of local spinners, knitters and dyers who meet every last Friday of the month, for conversations and fun show and tell, as well as sitting and spinning, and even occasionally, dyeing.

 

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