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Weaving Wednesday

May 17, 2017

As promised a mere two months ago, here is a post on some weaving I’ve been doing!

Some of these bands go back to last year, and I have a piece on my loom that I haven’t touched for a couple of months – need to get back to that – and one piece needs to be attached to the Hubs’ fighting jacket before he wears it out and needs a new one again.

All but one of these is from the Applesies and Fox Noses book, a great little tablet weaving resource that was quite the rage in the tablet weaving community a couple of years ago.  I’ve been slowly working my way through the patterns, though I skipped the first one since four forward-four back patterns are pretty common.  All of these bands are done with size 10 cotton crochet thread.

Pattern 2 is named “Little Chicken Toes with Bird’s Eyes” (all of the patterns in this book have inventive names applsies-red-and-white.jpgthat probably mean something humorous in Finnish).  I used Middle Kingdom colors for this, thinking it might go into a largesse basket at some point.  It’s about an inch wide and a little less than three yards long.

This pattern is an eight forward-eight back turning sequence and while the border cards for the patterns in this book are supposed to go continually forward, I kept the sequence there as well since I didn’t want to have to deal with a lot of built up twist in those threads.

Applsies Green and Gold

Pattern 3 is called “Small Applesies”.  For this band I used some cotton thread I had ordered from Halcyon Yarn several years back with different projects in mind.  While the brown, gold, and teal combination may be somewhat modern, it did turn out beautifully.  The band is about an inch and a half wide.

This pattern follows a five foward-five back turning and there are a couple of small mistakes in the band where I missed a turn.  An odd number like this is a little strange – most patterns use even numbers of turns – and I think there are a couple of places where I reversed the pattern at four turns instead of five.

applsies-blue-and-white.jpgPattern 4 – “Bee Feet”.  The example in the book for this pattern is done with only two colors, but I decided to try three.  This one required a little re-threading since I didn’t have the pattern charted correctly to begin with – all part of the learning process!  This band is a little less than an inch wide.

This design is where things start to get a little more complex, and there are places where the pack of cards is split into groups that turn differently.  Some rows turn all forward, some all back, and some have the split groups turning forward or back on the same row.  This makes for some exciting weaving and definitely means you have to pay attention to what you’re doing.


Finally, a pattern not from the book is this simple design I made for trim using the Hubs’ device of gold mascles (diamonds with an open center) on red.  It’s about an inch and three-quarters wide and is meant to go on the hem of the fighting jacket we made him last year, though it hasn’t quite made it there yet!

The current warp on the loom is Pattern 5 from Applesies, “The S Sign”.  This is the first of three versions of this pattern included in the book, all of which are based on historical fragments from the Iron Age.  No pics yet, since it’s a work in progress!

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