Tablet Weaving

Tablet weaving is often called card weaving in the US, but “tablet weaving” has a wider acceptance.

Galleries and examples


  • Beginning tablet weaving class.

  • Weaving 3/1 twill using the two-pack and one-pack methods (different ways of conceptualizing and creating the same structure, based on the idea that an S-threaded tablet turned forwards is equivalent to a Z-threaded tablet turned backwards).

  • Because it is confusing for beginners, I have added more information on how to thread tablets.

  • This tablet weaving theory page is a technical look at how exactly tablet weaving works, including S and Z threading and twists, threading the tablets in several colors, and the different structures possible, including twill and four-color floats (Snartemo).

  • A simple four-color Snartemo pattern goes with the theory page.

  • My explanation of Snartemo patterns.

  • A Snartemo pattern worked step by step (in MS Excel format)

  • My version of Hansen’s Snartemo pattern from the original Norwegian band (also in Excel format). (Note that this includes all the symbols of the original band.)

  • Preliminary results from my study of two-hole tablet weaving.

  • Essay and comprehensive diagrams of tablet woven structures.

  • Tablet weaving presentation: My presentation from the 2009 Textilforum on tablet-woven structures.

  • Tablet weaving research: Nifty things to look into further


  • Peter Collingwood’s Techniques of Tablet Weaving has been reprinted.     Errata for the second edition.
    This is the ultimate tablet weaving book, but may not be a good choice for beginners.

  • Nancy Spies is offering PDF of version of [Ecclesiastical Pomp and Aristocratic Circumstance: A Thousand Years of Brocaded Tabletwoven Bands]( as well as her other books.

  • I highly encourage you to join TWIST.