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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?



Jan. 22nd, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
You don't *have* to do a circular warp (in fact for some patterns you can't). You could just literally:

1) decide a path for the loop of the warp to take around the pegs of the loom, such that the loop is greater than the length of the finished piece
2) thread a tablet onto your ball of yarn, wrap it around the loom following your decided path, and then cut and tie off a single loop
3) repeat 2) except go through the holes of the first tablet instead of adding a new one, ensuring you always thread all the holes of a single tablet either S or Z (i.e. enter the hole and exit the hole from the same side of the tablet
4) repeat 2) and 3) with correct colours until you have enough tablets

Takes forever that way but it is potentially less brain-hurty than circular warping.
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.