Cardweaving

 

Cardweaving, or Tablet Weaving, is an ancient craft by which people wove the narrow bands and straps needed in everyday life.   

Woven Blue Flame
blue flame

Detailed information can be found on the Cardweaving Wikipedia Page:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tablet_weaving

 

Rainbow Ram's Horn
Rainbow Ram's Horn

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To help demonstrate the awesomeness that is cardweaving, and knowing that it's hard for people to see tiny threads, several members of Arch Reactor helped to make a Giant Surfboard CardWeaving Loom to weave 325 Paracord.     

at KC Maker Faire
Giant Surfboard Loom at KC Maker Faire

8-inch Oak "Surfboard" loom to weave 325 Paracord.    

Tablets are laser-cut 1/4" acrylic

Shuttle handmade at Arch Reactor

Please note first Paracord Band to the immediate Left of the loom

Please note the Schacht Inkle loom threaded with 10/2 Perle Cotton on the left of the picture - same pattern as is on the Paracord loom

Cardweaving must be done under tension.   In this case, each of the four-strands of paracord per card is weighted by a 1/2 liter water bottle

 

A laser-cut acrylic "comb" mounted to the end of the board helps keep the weighting even by spreading the bottles apart so that they don't "stack" together.    

 

Excess warp length is chain-crochetted together so it does not drag

Weighting each card of the loom with water bottles
Cardweaving "threads" require weights. In this case, 1/2 liter bottles of water!
22 cards - 88 threads - nearly 5" wide!
Paracord makes for WIDE bands!

The first Paracord Cardwoven band!

 

22 Cards - 88 Strands of paracord

 

Over 5.5 inches wide

 

Estimated to hold upwards of 10,000 pounds (assuming we could find and attach appropriate hardware)

 

In 10/2 Perle Cotton - band is only 3/4 inch wide!

Cardweaving Poster
Cardweaving Poster
Cardweaving Poster
Cardweaving Poster

 

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Agenda

Sunday, November 17th

  1. Natural Wreath Making Workshop
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • Celebrate the coming winter by making a festive wreath using natural materials to decorate your house. These wreaths will be wildlife friendly, sustainably made, all compostable, and made with your special touch.

      I (Besa) will provide greenery, decorative seeds and berries, wire and tools, and instruction.
      You should bring your own wire wreath frame, gloves to protect your fingers from being poked and sappy, and any other special things you want to add to your wreath.
      Other stuff you might want to bring:
      - gloves to protect your fingers from being poked and sappy
      - hand pruners, wire cutters, thin wire or twist ties
      - decorative seeds, berries, pine cones
      - ribbons
      - snacks/drinks to share
      - an empty car trunk to bring home your wreath

      Class size limit 14 people

      Questions? contact cweiss@gmail.com or besa.schweitzr@gmail.com

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  2. Open Build Something!
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Where: 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Come stop by and visit! Open build night to work on projects and hang out!

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Tuesday, November 19th

  1. Build Night!
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Come help build out Arch Reactor into the kind of space we all know it can be! All skill levels welcome, we can even teach you some new building skills!

      Building a insulated plug for the sliding door in the front space.

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Thursday, November 21st

  1. Laser Workshop Night
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Description:Feel free to come by to learn how to use the laser cutter, talk about laser cutters, work on laser cutter projects, etc!

      Contact Person: Travis

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Friday, November 22nd

  1. 3D Printer Meetup
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Whether you're interested in printing for art, prototyping, manufacturing, or just fixing dishwasher soap lids, this is a meetup group where you can come get answers to your questions, help people new to the hobby, and show off your printer and its creations.

      If you have a printer, bring it along, working or not, we would love to see and learn about it.

      https://www.meetup.com/STL-3D-Printing/

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