|My Inkle Loom|
I was introduced to this craft through the SCA, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills, and traditions of pre-17th century Europe. Tablet-woven bands are commonly found in Iron Age graves and are presumed to be standard trim for garments among various peoples, including the Vikings.
|Finished Project in Progress|
I'm a very visual and hands-on learner and this class was exactly what I needed. Two hours later, with the basics now understood, I've been able to continue to expand and learn with each new project I've undertaken.
Obviously, I have not figured it all out yet though. I warped up the loom this morning, positioned the cards in the desired pattern and started weaving. *big sigh* I appear to have set the cards up backwards again so the wrong side is showing as I weave. Since it would be more trouble than it's worth trying to 'fix' it, I've decided to leave well enough alone and keep on weaving. *smile*
Half the time I set the cards up correctly, half the time I don't. *shrug* Other than that, this piece seems to be shaping up nicely. It doesn't actually look like it did in my head before I started but it will work. And I've learned a few more lessons in the process. What more could I ask for?