Card Weaving

Card Weaving

Book - 1991
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With nothing more than colored yarn and simple cardboard squares, crafters can produce exquisitely patterned woven bands with this guide, which includes patterns for sturdy belts and camera straps, delicate silk trims and ties, creative wall art, and even hefty rugs and mats.

Publisher: Loveland, Colo. : Interweave Press, c1991.
Edition: Rev. ed.
ISBN: 9780934026611
0934026610
Branch Call Number: 746.14 Crocket
Characteristics: 141 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,28 cm. +,24 weaving cards.

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sandratm
Jan 16, 2018

I've become interested in various forms of fibre manipulation by trying my hand at Japanese braiding - kumihimo (reallly like that). I found some intriguing patterns for tablet aka card weaving that I'm trying to learn now.
This is a good book but anyone wanting to learn card weaving from it really needs to have some basic weaving knowledge. I'm used to learning various needlework skills from books. Learned how to both needle and shuttle tat two years ago from a book. However, when I followed the directions in Chapter 3, for what I have since learned is a "back strap" method of weaving - one end of your threads is attached to a fixed point and the other end is attached to you, I ended up with snarl of thread and a high degree of frustration.
I persisted because I really want to give this a fair try and I am starting to get the hang of it but the information contained in the book wasn't much help.
A beginner's book should address tension and how to achieve it. The cards won't move properly if the warp isn't under tension. A beginner doesn't need in Chapter 4 information on how to draft a pattern of one's own; they do need pointers on how to create that tension and make a cheap loom. That information in a somewhat limited form, doesn't appear until page 130.
I strongly recommend going online for the basic instruction and working through some of the many beginners' patterns and keeping this book for later when you want to move your skill to the next level.

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