Tablet weaving structures are different from loom weaving structures, and patterning on tablet woven bands follow their own rules - related to these structures. In the workshop "Understanding Tablet Weaving", we will explore the structures of tablet weaving and gain a deep understanding how patterning in tablet weaving works:
- the differences in s- or z-warping
- their relation to patterns and turn directions
- how to tell where you are in a pattern
- how to see which thread colours will appear next in your band
- how to fix mistakes
- how to transition from threaded-in patterns with two colours to doublefaced weaves
These things are taught as part of a system, starting with making a continuous warp. The deep understanding of how tablet weaving works, together with this system, will enable you to:
- analyse, understand, and copy bands that you see
- draft your own patterns with two or more colours
- weave patterned bands without any pattern draft, similar to how bands have been woven in the past.
This workshop may even take you to the basics of weaving 3/1 broken twill - the type of patterning used in the most complex of medieval tablet woven bands.
Workshop start is Friday, January 18, 6 pm; you can arrive at the house from 2 pm. The workshop ends on Sunday, January 20, at 4 pm. If you are travelling by train, a shuttle service from Liège to Méry on Friday and back on Sunday is possible.
The workshop takes place in the stunningly beautiful house Merveille de Méry, Belgium. It is a 19th century house that has been lovingly restored. (You can see more photos of the house here.) There are 7 rooms with twin beds available.
The workshop is restricted to 12 participants as maximum number; minimum number of participants is 8. We will have a room dedicated to weaving; there is a cosy living room and a spacious dining room for taking breaks from your textile work, and beautiful surroundings if you would like to take a walk.
The price for the workshop weekend includes:
- a bed in a shared twin room for 2 nights
- meals and drinks
- weaving material (20 cardboard tablets, a cross as warp spreader, wool yarn for the warp)
Full price per person is 425 €. If you book before December 10, you get our Early Bird price of 395 €.
You can also book together with a friend and share the room with him or her; you will each get a 15 € discount on the regular price. (The first of you to book gets a discount code for 30 € that the second person can redeem when booking.)
If you have a non-weaving partner or friend that would like to come, we have a limited number of spots for partners. You will share a room; the additional person costs 175 € for the weekend, meals and drinks also included.
More information and registration through the official Pallia website.