Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Decorative woven straps, bands & belts

Tablet weaving is an ancient technique for weaving decorative bands of cloth for use as belts or straps. The equipment takes up only a limited amount of space and provides a surprising diversity in patterning, depending on the technique and the colour and texture of the yarns used.

A band being woven on Tablet Weaving Cards
Shelagh Lewins' page about how to weave bands using tablet weaving cards provides clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions.

There is a selection of braiding and band weaving equipment available from George Weil, and alternatives to tablet weaving cards include inkle looms (the Schacht Inkle loom is pictured above with the Tablet Weaving Cards), Marudai (for creating complex braids using the Kumihimo technique), and the Lucet.

Tablet Weaving Cards made from plastic and leather and the Schacht Inkle Loom
Weaving a band using an inkle loom has the advantage of being able to weave a long length which remains on the loom until completed, the Schacht inkle loom allows up to 2.5m of weaving.

Visit the George Weil Fact File to learn more about Inkle Weaving.

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