Woven Name Plate
My Mother and I both recently purchased some new luggage. Personally, I didn’t own any to begin with, and she just decided it was time for more. I’ve found myself at the luggage carousel before, certain the next black suitcase was the one I was waiting for, only to be surprised when someone else picked it up. So I decided to give our luggage an Identifying Mark, one that was easy to see, and one that says it belongs to me. A woven name plate, made with Double-Faced Tablet weaving, in a font charted and tested by Linda Hendrickson based on the Gill Sans font.
I charted our names into a pattern and warped my cards. Sadly, I hadn’t received all my wooden cards in time to use them for this weaving. It was my intention to warp around four yards, so I would have enough to weave a length in background long enough to wrap around the handle of our suitcase, weave out a name, and have a length of fringe. However, I warped half of that and decided to shorten the tags. I had enough warp to weave four names, with enough background at the beginning of each to stitch to the handle and have a length of fringe at the end. This worked out perfect. I warped the selvages separate with an accent strip of Lt. Blue and the outer most cards black.
My selvage cards moved forward, continuously. I could have turned them forward until the twist built up, then reversed them, back and forth. I felt like the extra tension that builds up in the selvage cards might distort my weaving, so I hung them off the end of my loom and attached a fishing weight to each card. This allowed me to push the twist to the end, and the sinker would spin to let the twist escape. Moving the tablets in one direction creates a flat, smooth, and stable edge. It took me an inch of weaving to get myself re-acquainted with double-faced tablet weaving. The best environment for any form of tablet weaving is a quiet – peaceful one. I need to devise or build a better way to warp my cards for longer bands. While my house is a nice size, the rooms are on the small size, at least when it comes to creating a long warp.
As I wove each tag I started and ended my weft thread in a way that secured it and the weaving. I also applied some Fray Check where I planned to cut them apart. Between these two precautions and the fact that tablet weaving isn’t especially prone to raveling, I’m confident they will wear well with time. Using a sharp needle with a largish eye and thread from my loom waste, I sewed the tags to the handle of the suitcase. I simply tucked the beginning of the tag into the handle grip, then sewed it with a tight whip stitch, first one way then back. They’re secure and they flop about so they should be easy to spot when they’re on their back or side. I’ve decided that I would like to warp my cards for another band to weave more names. It would be great to have some tablet woven key fobs. An added bonus: the rest of my wooden weaving tablets arrived today, along with a cool wooden horse shuttle.