Card Weaving

I wonder if anyone else has tried card weaving. It creates woven bands about the width of those that you create using an Inkle Loom, but the sheds are created by cards that the wool is threaded through.  It’s a very old technique, and Interweave Press sells a book about it (called “Card Weaving” of course) which includes a set of cardboard cards to get you started.  I’ve been trying the “card loom” over the past two weeks.  It does allow one to create more complex designs than the Inkle Loom does.  That’s the advantage.

The disadvantage is that it’s hard to maneuver the cards and keep the various sheds open as you weave.  It’s a slow and tedious process.  I’m gradually beginning to understand how the various designs get created (you have to vary the direction that the cards are turned as well as the way that the warp yarns are threaded through the cards).  The technique does allow one to weave bands without a loom: all you need is something to anchor the ends of the yarn.  Using hand spun yarn, as I am, makes the process a bit harder; the yarn is fragile and you have to be careful you do not fray the yarn as you turn the cards and open the shed.

I enjoyed reading about this ancient weaving technique and trying it out.

This photo shows both the front and back sides of the band.

The loom in operation.

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