Greek Key Belt

112 inches, including the braids, Greek key design in red, white and black. I had to weave it in two sections to get the length I wanted. It's meant to be a belt for my ritual chiton. I'd've liked to have it wider, but it wasn't practical for various reasons. Perhaps sometime I'll have a better loom to hold it, that will allow for both more length and more width. Also, preferably, with the design running in the same direction the whole way. The reason it changes direction every four repeats is that the threads twist with each turn of the cards, and the only ways to release the twist is to turn the cards the other way or to untie the threads and untwist them that way. I'd also like to weave one using six-sided cards, which would allow me to make a more convoluted pattern -- more like the key design we usually think of, and a true meander pattern. Like so: If I'm understanding the mechanics correctly -- and I think I am -- then the hex cards would allow me to do that. For something like this one, I'd need 8-sided ones, which I'd have to make myself, I think....

Greek Key 1

I found a simple Greek key pattern for tablet weaving, and decided to give it a try. It came out pretty well. I did end up having to alternate directions, because of the twist the cards put unto the threads. I'll have to take a shot of that on the next project so you can see what I'm talking about. Switching back and forth gave it an interesting wavy quality edge-on. It's almost, but not quite, double-faced. A double-faced weave has exactly the reverse pattern on the back side, but as you can see, instead of white space between changeovers, this has partial patterns. Oh, well. Still looks pretty snazzy. The one things I was disappointed in was that the blue was barely distinguishable from the black. Too dark. The finished band was 43.5" in length. Next up, two bands in black, white and red, to be sewn together to make a girdle for my ritual chiton....

Sample Pattern Card Weaving

Project notes for sample card weaving band Tailors card: The Stylish Chapeau: Beacon of good luck in all shopping expeditions. Since I'm not buying anything for this, but did have good luck hunting through stash that was give to me, I'm counting it. Materials: 3/2 pearl cotton in pale green, coppery light brown, and olive green Long path on inklette 10 cards, pattern is the first sample from Card Weaving by Candace Crockett Final dimensions: 45" x 3/4" x 1/4" This is my second attempt at card or tablet weaving. The first time, I discovered that attaching it to my belt and using my body to provide tension hurt my back. It was suggested to me that I use an inkle loom or a frame made of small PVC pipe instead, and I've finally gotten around to trying it on the inklette. I wish it had a bit more space between the front bar and the heddle bar, so I'd have more room to work and not have to advance so often, but otherwise it's working beautifully. I have the threads traveling from the front bar to the back tension bar, like an open thread on the inkle, for maximum space. It also allows me to rest the cards on the heddle bar. This is not a double-faced weave, meaning that the back is not a color-reversed image of the front. Instead, the front face is boxes and the back face is... not. This pattern called for the cards to be turned four times towards and then four times away from the weaving. I though I'd see what happened if I kept turning it in the same direction, so here are four sets of four turns towards, plus four sets of four turns away. They made a funny twist in the fabric. And here it is off the loom....