Tablet Weaving Gallery 10a

Tablet Woven Book Cover by Michael Cook

One project that I've gotten very good response to, is this book cover - it's made of nine strips of double-faced work, each about an inch wide, sewn edge to edge, and then an inner liner made of trigger cloth (more tablet weaving would make it very bulky) with pockets in the lining to accept the back and front covers of a paperback. Four ribbon ties (all tablet-woven, of course) serve to hold the book closed, one long ribbon sewed to the top of the "spine" is a place marker, and a loop of ribbon serves to tie it to a belt or hang it on a hook. It holds almost any moderately-sized paperback book, and it's useful and intriguing.

This is black silk sewing thread on 31 tablets, with Kreinik Japan gold and silk embroidery floss for the brocading. The quote is from Philippians; the entire verse goes: "Be anxious for nothing, but in all things through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your request known to God." Obviously, I excerpted a portion that I could fit onto a book mark - the whole thing would have made a ribbon belt!

This piece was woven for the TWIST Spring 2000 Sample Exchange. The text is a quote from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; the Middle English spellings follow the Ellesmere manuscript. To clarify some of the confusing letter forms, the quote reads: "Whan that Aprille with hise shoures soote / The droghte of March hath perced to the roote." The alphabet is one used commonly during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, called "Textura Quadrata"; the Latin means "squarely woven" because pages of text written in it look as if they are woven. The band was woven of J&P Coats' Double-Duty sewing thread, using 35 four-holed tablets.


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February 15, 2000.
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