Tablet Weaving – Project Bag

Canvas bag with tablet woven handles

Part of the Make Like a Viking series

Weave a reversible leaf-patterned band to make handles for a canvas project bag, plus a smaller variation to edge the pocket.  This project is suitable for new or experienced weavers, and is much simpler than it looks – but it’s steeped in history!

The discovery over a century ago of a Viking ship burial brought to light not a renowned warrior as was likely expected, but the grave goods and remains of a high-ranking woman and her companion, complete with a treasure trove of textiles.  One of the most unique finds was a tablet weaving work in progress – 52 cards threaded and still on its simple loom more than a thousand years after the weaver stopped her work in the year 834.  The pattern for this class was adapted from one of the textile fragments found in the Oseberg ship burial.

Tablet weaving WIP from the Oseberg ship burial in Norway

Choose the edging and warp color for your project so the thread can be pre-cut and ready for you to warp and begin weaving using the backstrap method.

Participants will take home their set of cards, additional thread for the pocket edging band, and a canvas bag.  A very small amount of sewing will be required to complete the project after class.

Class date: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9 am – noon

Instructor: Sharon Barnes

Class fee $40 includes materials.  Register online and bring payment to the first class.

Materials to bring:

  • Non-stretchy belt

Instructor will provide:

  • Tablet weaving card set
  • Cotton thread for warp & weft
  • Canvas bag
  • Instructions

The location for all classes is the Fiber Arts Center of Wichita at 751 George Washington Boulevard.