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From Creating Textiles: Makers, Methods, Markets. Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Inc. New York, NY, September 23–26, 1998 (Earleville, MD: Textile Society of America, Inc., 1999).


Copyright © 1998 by the author(s)


This paper describes a design process for tablet weaving with four-holed tablets. It addresses the following techniques: twining; Egyptian diagonals~ four-colour diagonals; 3/1 twill; and, 2/1 twill.


Threading direction is the way in which the yarns pass through the holes in the tablets. These diagrams show the two possible threading directions. The fell line of the fabric is above, the unwoven warp is below, and the front surface of the textile faces the viewer.

This paper assumes all tablets are Z-threaded. The impact of alternating or symmetrical threading arrangements, and the operation of flipping tablets to reverse the threading, arc not discussed.