In some ways, tablet weaving is the simplest thing in the world, because you just need some yarn and a set of tablets/cards. You can tie the ends of your warp to pretty much anything and you don’t need a shuttle for your weft. You don’t even have to buy cards/tablets if you have a hole-punch and some cereal boxes.
Your tablets/cards should look like this:
And they shouldn’t be too small or too large, but there’s a fair range of usable sizes. You need to be able to turn them comfortably and you don’t want your shed to yawn too wide, but online I’ve seen them as big as a DVD (actually made from a squared off DVD/CD) and as small as a credit card.
What you do want is to have them as smooth as possible. You don’t want the holes or the edges snagging or cutting your yarn/thread.
Next you need to pick something to tie one end of your warp to – remember it’ll need to hold position under tension – and traditionally the other end would be tied to your belt while you stand/sit and weave.
Choose some yarn. You can use almost anything from sewing thread to chunky wool, but to see what you’re doing clearly and get used to turning the cards/tablets, it’s probably a good idea to start with something like a 4 ply knitting yarn.
Then you warp. I’ll cover this in the next post!