SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate

Participants should know how to dress a loom and weave four-shaft straight twill.

May 13, 14 + 15 2018

Mid-County Community Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd., Silver Spring, MD  20906

10am – 4.00pm

Members – $180

Non-Members – $270

Supply Fee – $3

Tablet Woven Side Borders: tablet borders woven simultaneously with loom weaving

Description: Through my studies of ancient textiles I became fascinated with the concept of weaving tablet woven borders jointly with a piece of fabric on the loom. This technique was used on many of the ancient garments I have studied. Students will be introduced to this type of weaving through a brief introduction to its history. They will set up a loom with a simple weave structure and learn how to make a tablet warp and how to arrange it beside the fabric warp so the border and the fabric can be woven together using only one shuttle. The students will also be taught how to avoid tension problems between the border warp and the fabric warp and how to accommodate for the differences in the take up of the two weaves. A simple tablet weaving technique will be employed and the students will learn how to add embellishments to the tablet woven border, such as tassels, twining, beads at the edges and on the surface, braiding overlay, wrapped warp ends, loops, Ghiordes knots, and brocading.

All Participants to bring:


            Loom:  The loom should have a weaving width of at least 15″.  The wider the loom the more space you

            have to turn the tablets.

Tablets :  34

Reed    :  8 dent reed

Shuttles:  1 boat shuttle and 1 netting needle (8 inches)

            4 large (2 liter) plastic bottles with caps (ginger ale or coke bottles):  The bottles will be filled with

water and used as weights for the tablet warp.

2 big C-clamps:  these clamps will be used to clamp your table loom to the table.  If you are using a floor

loom, you do not need the clamps.

2 medium size C-clamps (2 inches) :  these clamps will be used to make the tablet warp around.

Strong string:  (small amount) it will be used to tie the bottles to the warp.

Yarn: 10/2 mercerized cotton in two contrasting colors.  One color for the fabric warp and weft and

another color for the tablet warp.  You will need approx. ½ lb. for the fabric warp and weft, and 1/4 lb.  for the tablet warp.  Wind the yarn for the tablet warp into four balls using a ball winder.

Other yarns: You will also need small amounts of other yarns such as fine silk, knitting yarn, embroidery floss, metallic and any other yarns you can think of.  These yarns will be used for the various embellishments that we will be adding to the tablet border.


Other materials needed:

beads, bead needle, beading thread, metallic sewing thread

knitting needle, any size.

books with ideas for beading patterns and brocading patterns.  Books with cross stitch patterns or

knitting patterns are great sources for ideas

graph paper (8 – 10 squares per inch)

paper, pencil and eraser


measuring tape


darning needle

large rubber bands

reed hook

small plastic bucket (mop bucket)

one extra reed (any dent size and it should be able to fit over the plastic bucket and when laid across it not to fall into it).

Instructions on how to set up the loom:

For this workshop there will be two warps in the loom. One of the warps will be the fabric warp and the other will be the tablet warp.  The fabric warp will be 6 inches wide and the tablet warp will be 1 1/4 inches wide.

Participants should come to class with the fabric warp already wound on the loom, threaded and sleyed.  The tablet warp will be made in class and put on the loom in class.

How to make the fabric warp and put it on the loom:

Length of warp             :  2 yards

Sett                              :  24 ends per inch

Reed size                     :  8 (it is important that you use an 8 dent reed because it has to accommodate the                                           tablet warp as well).

Sley                             :  3 ends per dent

Total ends                    :  144

Place the fabric warp in the loom as far to the left side as possible if you are working on a 15″ table loom.  This will give you enough space for the tablet warp and to be able to turn the tablets comfortably during weaving. If you are working on a wider loom the warp should be placed in the loom slightly to the left so there is enough space for the tablet warp and to turn the tablets.  Thread the loom in a straight draw (1,2,3,4, repeat) and sley the warp three ends per dent in a 8 dent reed.

Do not tie it to the front apron.

*$3 Materials Fee Includes:

Handouts for all participants

*payable to Instructor at beginning of class