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Tablet Weaving on an Inkle Loom

Greetings everyone!

I got an inkle loom for my Birthday, since I've been told that one can do tablet weaving on an inkle loom. But at the moment, I'm trying to figure out how to thread it (warp it?) and how exactly it would work.

I've found a couple of videos on YouTube, but they were just still-pictures and I didn't really understand it very well. I also tried looking elsewhere online, but again, just still pictures with instructions...something in my head isn't clicking when I read the instructions or look at the pictures.

Would anyone know of a place where I might find an actual video on how to thread my inkle loom for tablet weaving?



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Jan. 22nd, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
I always do TW on an inkle loom. Wonderfully portable and holds the tension.

There is a basic circular warping system where you run thread thru all four holes (from 4 different balls) and go around in a circle dropping off one card each pass. Here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cheht5FC0Fs

Good luck!
Jan. 22nd, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
That was actually the video I had found, where I couldn't really make heads or tails out of how they were doing it. I don't know...sometimes I just have problems figuring out how something is done when I have to read about it and look at still pictures - I mostly seem to understand it better whenever I see an actual video of it, or if someone shows how it's done. I'm just weird like that :)
Jan. 22nd, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
Can you perhaps share a photo or drawing of your loom? Are you threading individual colors in each card-hole? or are you doing "speed-warping" for card weaving?
Jan. 22nd, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Sure! Here's a photo of it (on Ebay): http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140908693677

I've never threaded a loom before - I've always just attached one end to my stair banister and the other end to my belt. Which is why I wanted a loom so I could work on it, it could be portable, and I wouldn't be stuck "tied up" if the phone happened to ring or if someone came to the door and such :)
Jan. 23rd, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
Here's my suggested threading. (photo on google+ - should be viewable if you use the following link) https://plus.google.com/photos/111117651577232086611/albums/5836788224228031841?authkey=CPSuwNjEtob1Lw

The cards would go between the adjustable tension dowel and the top/front peg. You would skip the peg typically used to tie heddles. The threads go around "in a loop" so the warp is a circle and zig-zags back and forth on the pegs.
Jan. 22nd, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Would you, by chance, be going to Birka this weekend? If so, stop by White Wolf and the Phoenix and we'll try to get you sorted out. Look for lots of string and hand-woven trim.
Jan. 22nd, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
I won't be at Birka, unfortunately :( I've been missing it for a few years now, because it's a bit of a drive for me.
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Jan. 23rd, 2013 06:42 am (UTC)
And if you tie fishing swivels between the ends of each set of four threads, it's a lot easier to gt rid of excess twist.

Also, a decent rule of thumb is 10-20% longer warp than the desired length of the finished piece, to accommodate take-up and loom waste.
Jan. 23rd, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
This is how I do all my patterns and warps. I'm not a fan of circular/speed-warping.
Jan. 23rd, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
Pine Box Traders (based in Caid) has wonderful resources on their website:

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