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Howell Tablet Loom Update

Update to my previous Howell Loom post:

Last night, I was reading an old Weavers magazine article about using a reed to widen tablet-woven bands, and it made me recall reading in Peter Collingwood’s tablet-weaving book about tablet band widths being determined by how the weaving was beaten.

This is what happens when I allow the width of the band to double:


The pattern still isn’t what I was expecting, but the background is a lot prettier, and the cloth is softer and easier to beat.


Then, I recalled I was weaving double-faced cloth, so I flipped the band over, and here’s what I found:

Now, if only I can figure out how to make the front look as nice.


21 May 2009 - Posted by | Weaving | , ,


  1. […] ETA: I have an update to this post here: […]

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  2. Glad the light-bulb clicked on the Ravelry-loom descriptions. 🙂

    About your design: it is weaving on the wrong side because the cards are threaded *backwards* of the way the pattern indicates: s or z threading should be indicated by a small arrow on the pattern. You could flip all the cards to the right orientation, then re-orient the pattern threads and go on, or…just weave upside down. 🙂

    Comment by Sara | 22 May 2009 | Reply

    • Sara, again, very helpful, Thanks! I’ll try turning the cards the other way. I followed the instructions from GTT for threading, but followed the instructions from Collingwood’s book for the turning. Too many cooks!

      Comment by SpinningLizzy | 22 May 2009 | Reply

  3. What you’ve got going on there, is you’re working on the back. This happens a lot. It is usually a result of misinterpreting the warping directions, or getting turned around when figuring out which is “backward” and which is “forward.”

    Because of the issues of twist direction, it’s never going to look the same on both sides.

    Comment by Michael | 22 May 2009 | Reply

    • Thank You for looking over my project and for the help! With all the great tablet-weaving books out there, I haven’t come across one that gives step-by-step instructions for specific projects that might be considered beyond a beginner. I know you’re a teacher, Micahel — you’d be a good source for such a book!

      Comment by SpinningLizzy | 22 May 2009 | Reply

  4. Hi! I’m enjoying your blog. I was tracking the posts on the Lendrum. I just got a Lendrum DT.

    I didn’t know until now, that the walnut wheel was a limited edition. Yours is very beautiful! The thing is, when I got my light wood one, the lady at Carolina Homespun didn’t have all the bobbins in my wood (I bought it at a Stitches convention), so she substituted one of my bobbins with a walnut one.

    Would you like to trade bobbins? Maybe you could get a easier-to-get maple? one, and we could swap? I’m just anal enough that it’d be nice for all mine to match, and thought perhaps you could use another walnut one. Email me, if so.

    Comment by Ro | 22 May 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Ro! Congratulations on your new Lendrum! I wouldn’t mind having another bobbin for the VFF (Very Fast Flyer), but I don’t need any more regular bobbins (I already have 5). Are you on Ravelry? I know there are several other walnut Lendrum owners there. By the way, now that you’ve got the wheel, you might keep an eye out for a bobbin winder. If you have one, you don’t need to have a gazillion wheel bobbins, and you can create more consistently plied yarn; see my previous post on the subject: https://spinninglizzy.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/bobbin-winders-for-spinners/

      Comment by SpinningLizzy | 22 May 2009 | Reply

  5. guntram mentions in his documentation that due to a misconception on his part that he has the tablets backwards. just think of it this way – in GTT you are looking at the cards from the left-hand side while Collingwood’s book refers to them from the right-hand side.

    Comment by wulimaster | 2 June 2009 | Reply

    • Wulimaster, that’s important info — I somehow missed it in the documentation. I threaded per Guntram, then figured out how to turn the cards and weave per Collingwood, getting what I did. Thanks for letting me know, and saving me more hours of troubleshooting!

      Comment by SpinningLizzy | 2 June 2009 | Reply

  6. that’s wonderful!!! aaah i would like to make one of three colours double face band but i do not how it works!!
    can you explain me the technique???

    thank you!!!

    Comment by raffaele | 27 October 2009 | Reply

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