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

Today

  1. CNC Demo Night!

Friday, June 25th

  1. CANCELED - 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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Saturday, June 26th

  1. "June Part Deux" Board Game Day
    • Start time: 12:00pm
    • End time: 11:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Spring is in the air an we are going back out in Public. However COVID is still a real thing so we are goin to be alittle different this year.

      So the way this works right now is :
      --> we are keeping numbers down. So I won't be bringing my Kids. I'm not saying Kids aren't welcome, just that I won't have 4 or 5 with me to add to the congestion. if you are bringing yours, have some entertainment ideas for them if they aren't playing board games.
      --> I am not Providing food or Drink to share, Less surfaces touched and all that. Plan on feeding yourself. you can bring food and put in the Fridge if that works for you, order out, or whatever.

      hosted by Frank Kallal please reach out ( Frank@kallal.net ) if there are Questions.

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Sunday, June 27th

  1. Open Build Something!

Tuesday, June 29th

  1. Post-Pandemic Show and Tell