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i gots the mad dark ages skillz, yo
I learned a new thing tonight, and I'm tickled, because this is another step closer to the greyscale Viking outfits.

I learned how to tablet weave onto the edge of a piece of fabric. I used cotton crochet thread as the warp (because I had it laying around) and three strands of cotton embroidery floss as the weft (again, laying around), and a piece of scrap fabric the same as I'll be using for the dress. I used two cards, one threaded S and one threaded Z, and just turned them forward continuously. I threaded the floss on a needle, and every time I passed it through to the right, I took a stitch in the fabric. The only things I did differently from the way I'll do them on the dress were that I didn't fold the edge of the fabric before weaving on, and I didn't always make the stitch even with weft -- sometimes the stitches were closer together than the weft passes, and it made the edge pucker. And of course, I'll use different materials; either the silk that I ordered to weave the trim, or the Jaggerspun Zephyr that I ordered to weave darkwolfie's leg wraps.

It was just so easy! I'm absolutely thrilled. As I was doing it, I was thinking that there's no reason why the seams couldn't have tablet weaving woven over them, either. I wouldn't be able to use the inkle loom, the way I did with this piece, but it's a thought... Anyway, my plan is to do the trim along the top of my dress and the cuffs and hem of darkwolfie's tunic. It'll look really cool.

In other news, iTunes 7 sucks as an upgrade. My music was totally hosed -- staticky, skipping, it sounded awful. I couldn't use my external speakers, either. The cord runs along the front of the compute, where the speakers are, and there was terrible feedback. So I uninstalled v.7 and Quicktime and reinstalled it, and so far so good. Somehow it remembered my playlists and play counts, too, which doesn't suck.

And now, to bed, so I can go visit my Laurel tomorrow and show her my new parlor trick.

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kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: September 13th, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC) (base camp)
i gots the mad dark ages skillz, yo

Damn it woman I was drinking tea! That was hilarious.
ariadne1 From: ariadne1 Date: September 13th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC) (base camp)
i gots the mad dark ages skillz, yo

*fist in air* Yo! *grin*
snarlingbadger From: snarlingbadger Date: September 13th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That is AWESOME!

Last night I was cutting crochet cotton for the tablet weaving class I'm teaching at Rendezvous at the Bridge next weekend! I'll definitely have to mention that technique as an alternative to sewing the band on afterward.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 13th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC) (base camp)
A similar technique was used to create the warp for a warp-weighted loom -- you've read about tablet woven selvedges on warp-weighted fabric, right?
mariora From: mariora Date: September 13th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Ok..you soooo need to show me how to do this.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 13th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC) (base camp)
It's so incredibly easy! The fabric is alongside the warp, and the weft is threaded on a needle. When you pass the weft through the shed towards the fabric, you take a stitch, change the shed, and then pass the needle back the other way. You just have to be sure that the stitch is in line with the warp, or the fabric will pucker.
mariora From: mariora Date: September 13th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC) (base camp)
So..you're using the needle as a shuttle basically? or are you doing the needle with the thread as a seperate thread and also use a shuttle as weft?

Did that make any sense at all?

I are a visual learner.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 13th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC) (base camp)
You're correct; the needle is the shuttle. There will be pictures later, as I make the actual garment.
mariora From: mariora Date: September 13th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Ok..I think I understand. I can't wait to see the photos and I do want to give this a try. :)
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