Braids 2025 Techniques – Sprang and Tablet Weaving

Exploring Interlacing – Part 1 

1D20

Carol James

Description: A number of North American pre-Columbian textiles have a structure of oblique interlacing. Belts from around the Great Lakes region feature a 1-1
interlacing. A sash made from dog hair in the Mesa Verde collection has a 2-2 twill structure.

Threads in an interlacing structure travel over and under other threads, moving from one selvedge to the other. The resulting cloth looks like woven cloth, but is worked on the bias. No loom is required to create this cloth. We use a pair of sticks to maintain order for the initial set of threads and we use the fingers to manipulate the threads. The structure lends itself to both free-end braiding and sprang (in which case you need to bring your frame).

We will explore the method to create this cloth, beginning with 1-1 interlacing and with a set of threads already set up by the instructor. We explore set-up options after completing the first piece.

Leave with a set of straps of different interlaced structure. Participants are encouraged to set up a project for future work,  a pair of fingerless mittens, or a rectangle of cloth for scarf or bag.

Experience: Beginner, no previous experience; Reasonable eyesight (bring your glasses if you use them to read); Good use of the fingers

       

Interlacing                                                                  Interlacing Necklace

Materials: Pencil and paper for taking notes; Sprang frame … if you want to work as sprang, flat warp or circular warp

Instructor will supply:  Warp materials; Instruction sheets

 Materials fee: $10

Advanced Interlacing Exploration – Part 2

1D28

Carol James

Description: In this class we explore the method to create interlaced twills with a vertical ridge. The approach to the vertical ridge twill is distinct from the horizontal ridge twill of Part 1. This is the structure of the sprang sashes made by people of the US southwest. It is a dense, sturdy fabric that also has a certain amount of stretch and give.

We will begin with a set of threads, arranged by the instructor, to explore the 2-2 twill, worked with vertical ridges. Heartened by success with the
2-2 twill, we will then explore the 3-3 vertical ridge twill. These structures can be worked either as free-end braiding or as sprang  (in which
case you will want your frame).

Time permitting we will also explore twill structures worked in a tube shape. If you bring your sprang frame you might make a pair of fingerless
mittens, already in a tube, no need to sew a side seam.

Leave with straps of these two different structures. Participants are encouraged to set up a project for future work,  a pair of fingerless mittens, or a rectangle of cloth for scarf or bag, using one of these structures.

Experience: Familiarity with interlacing, preferably Exploring Interlacing Part 1, or completion of a previous interlacing class with the instructor

       

Interlacing Horizontal Rib Neck Scarf         Interlacing Vertical Ribs Hopi Sash – Louis Garcia

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Neck Scarf.                                                Twill Vertical Rib Neck Scarf

Materials: Pencil and paper for taking notes; Sprang frame … if you want to work as sprang, flat warp or circular warp

Instructor will supply: Instructor will supply Warp materials. Instruction sheets

Materials fee: $15

Description:

Digging into Diagonals

2D11

Sarah Goslee

Description: Elaborately patterned tablet-woven bands can be made with a simple set-up in two colors. This workshop explores construction and pattern drafting for warp-twined diagonal patterns using a block-turning method that makes it easy to design and weave impressive bands. Those who are comfortable with the diagonal patterns will move into 3/1 twill, which allows for more flexible design possibilities. Participants will understand the structures covered, and will learn to both follow patterns and create their own. Inspiration will come from both modern and historical materials.

Experience: The workshop is suitable for mixed experience levels, and will begin with a refresher on the basics of tablet weaving.

Digging into Diagonals 1

         

Digging into Diagonals 2                                          Digging into Diagonals 3

       

Digging Deeper 1                                                Digging Deeper 2

Materials:  All necessities will be provided. May want own scissors, colored pencils. If you prefer backstrap, bring a belt and possibly a band lock.

Instructor will supply:   Tablets, yarn, shuttle; handouts; use of a loom during class.

Materials fee: $5

Warping Unusual Yarns

1D4

John Mullarkey

Description: It is easy to tablet weave with cotton, but what about boucle yarn, or mylar yarn? These unusual materials require unusual handling but can almost always be made to work somehow. Bring unusual yarns you would like to work with and we will figure out the best way to use that yarn while warping a threaded-in pattern.

Experience:. Some tablet weaving

 

Unusual Fibers

Materials:  Inkle style loom (Ashford Inklet is unacceptable due to its small size), 20 4-hole cards, belt shuttle, scissors, three balls or cones of mercerized or unmercerized cotton (size between 10/2 and 5/2) or #10 crochet thread in three different colors. At least ½ ounce of each. Any unusual yarns you would like to experiment with.

Instructor will supply:  Documentation

Materials fee: None

Design Your Own band

1D12

John Mullarkey

Description: You’ve learned a tablet weaving technique or two. You’ve created bands following other’s patterns. It is time to take the next step and design your own pattern! We’ll start by going through the design elements for threaded-in tablet woven bands. Then you’ll warp your pattern and begin weaving your original one of a kind band.

Experience:. Some tablet weaving experience.

Design Your Own

Materials:  Inkle style loom (Ashford Inklet is unacceptable due to its small size), 20 4-hole cards, belt shuttle, colored pencils, scissors, four balls or cones of 10/2 mercerized or unmercerized cotton or #10 crochet thread in four different colors. Best to have a good mix of light, medium and dark colors.

Instructor will supply:   Documentation

Materials fee: $None