Weaving Cards allow you to carry a four-shaft loom in your pocket! Choose your favorite material - Leather, Laminated Plastic or tough cardboard cards in two sizes. Card weaving, also referred to as Tablet Weaving, is a wonderful way to create patterned woven bands that are thick, sturdy and beautiful. Even though cards are a simple tool, the weavings they can produce are infinite in design and complexity. Each brand/type is described in detail below. Choose brand or type from drop down box at upper right.
Also offered is a really great book on Card/Tablet Weaving. Lovingly typed up using a Selectric italic face, and hand-illustrated with B&W photos of setups and samples, this labor of love from Robin & Russ Handweavers, 1969, is as splendid an introduction to tablet weaving as other more finely polished and professionally published offerings. What a delight to have a piece of Mr. Groff's early work - one of the best book values on the market for this subject. 47 page soft cover. Fortunately, I was able to buy the last available of these books from the supplier, as this book is no longer available and out of print.
Card Weaving has been around since the eighth century BCE. Schacht Weaving Cards keep the warp threads in order and create the shed for weaving. The cards are turned to raise and lower the warp threads. The colors of the warp threads in the four holes, along with how the cards are turned, combine to create stunning patterns.
Schacht Cards: Schacht has developed a card that, at 3 ½” square, is comfortable in the hand. The holes are approximately 1 7/16" apart and the holes measure 3/8". Colored bands are printed on each side as a helpful aid in keeping track of the card’s position. Made of sturdy 24 point card stock, these cards will serve you well over many, many warps. Package of 25 cards.
Glimakra/Unicorn Cards: Made of heavy-duty cardboard measuring 3 1/2" square with larger, 1/2" holes able to hold bulkier cord or ribbon than most cards. Space between holes is 1 1/4". Package of 25 cards.
Leather Weaving Cards: Small and easy to tuck into your purse or pocket, these leather cards have rounded corners, so no catching on your yarn or cord as you work. A set of 12 unmarked and untreated 4-hole leather cards 1-3/4" square, a reproduction of medieval cards in terms of size and material.
Lacis Laminated Plastic Weaving Cards: Set of 25 laminated and durable plastic cards, 2 1/2" square x .019" in thickness. Virtually indestructible, will not tear, bend or crease while providing a smooth surface for manipulation. Hole designations are A-B-C-D.
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