As a self-taught tablet weaver I’ve read many websites and books on how to tablet weave – and they all use a different way to notate the patterns and describe the how the tablets are set up for weaving. As a teaching aide I’ve written this guide on how to decipher tablet weaving patterns.
KNOWN FACTS & HOW WE LIKE TO WORK:
So when we find a pattern online that doesn’t specify if S/Z refers to slant or thread, or what it means by ABCD (if marked), then we can use what we know to work it out:
S/Z – slant or threaded?
Looking at the start of the pattern find a tablet that turns forward a few rows. Look at the direction of the twist on those first rows of that tablet:
Tablet 1 turns forward and has an S twist.
Knowing that an S slant card (Z threaded) produces an S twist when turned forwards we can establish that the S/Z notation refers to the threading of the tablet.
What is ABCD?
Again, look at the start of the pattern and identify a tablet that turns forward but has two or more colours:
Tablet 2 turns forward for four rows and has two colours.
Knowing that, regardless of S or Z, when turning forward:
So tablet 2 is warped like this:
Which means that in the written pattern:
A is top, furthest from you
B is lower, furthest from you
C is lower, nearest to you
D is top nearest to you: