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This week I have been learning about tablet weaving (or card weaving, as it is sometimes called). I have always loved the idea of weaving. I love the history of it and the beautiful textiles and artwork that can be created. Tablet weaving creates long, narrow pieces of weaving used for things, such as belts, bookmarks, trim for clothing, or straps for bags.

Tablets, or cards, are usually made of plastic, though some are cardboard. I decided to make my own out of an old deck of cards. Depending on the shape of your tablets, you can weave different patterns. Below is a description of how I made the tablets (I am using 7 cards, but you can use any number you want to get your desired width):

  1. To make my cards square I used two cards, placing one lengthwise across the other card, drew a line, and cut.
  2. Next, I used the three hole punch to put a hole in each corner of the card. I set two hole cutters, after much trial and error, so that I could quickly work through all of the cards, cutting two holes at a time without having to measure on each card.
  3. I rounded the corners of the cards so that the sharp corners do not snag the yarn.
  4. Next up is warping, or threading the yarn through the holes. I used yarn the length of my arm span, which ensured that there was enough leftover for the knot at the end holding all of the yarn together. I am using plain old dishcloth cotton (which I am hoping is not too thick) because it is inexpensive and because I had extra on hand.

Now I need to find a good place to anchor my weaving, make a shuttle, and give it a go. That will all be in Part II next week.

It seemed that weaving was everywhere this week. There were handwoven scarves at the market, a display on textiles at the library, and this post on weaving in Laos. As always, handwork is beautiful in the many forms it takes.

What did you learn this week?

P.S., I will update this post with pictures in the near future; the pictures I had ready turned out to be blurry. I will also put up last week’s post soon. It is sitting in my notebook, awaiting some further attention.

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Happy National Learn to Row Day! Today USRowing and boat clubs all around the U.S. celebrate National Learn to Row Day by hosting learn-to-row clinics where anyone can sign up to row in an 8-oared rowing shell. I have rowed off and on since the late 90’s and, when I haven’t lived near water, I have at least been able to read about rowing. Below are a few books I’ve enjoyed reading along with a couple I plan to read in the future. Hope you enjoy!

Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge by Jill A. Fredston

Assault on Lake Casitas by Brad Alan Lewis

The Red Rose Crew: A True Story of Women, Winning, and the Water by Daniel J. Boyne and David Halberstam

The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence by Stephen Kiesling

The Sculler at Ease by Frank Cunningham

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