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Handfasting ribbon, finished

The ribbon's done!

The ribbon is just over three feet long including the fringes, and 3/4" wide. With 25 pattern tablets, and 8 border tablets on each side, it has 164 total warp ends, which works out to about 218 threads per inch. It's not nearly as fine as some of my ribbon, but it's up there. The blue and white is 60/2 commercial spun silk, and the green is a commercial reeled embroidery thread. Nicolas and Cerra are getting married; this ribbon will be used to ceremonially bind their hands together.

Here, I tried to lay it out so you can read the whole quote. "she changes everything she touches and everything she touches changes." It's from Starhawk.

This shows the grain of the ribbon a little better.

Here, you can see the brocaded symbols in green. Cerra's is a Celtic knotwork called a Bridhe's Cross; Nick's is a shamrock.

Here it is wrapped around my left hand. I couldn't wrap it around both hands, and then take the picture... but you get the idea. They'll hold hands, and the Priestess will wrap it around the joined hands, kinda like this. But not.


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Jun. 3rd, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
absolutely beautiful.
once again, i'm impressed beyond all recognition. :-)
Jun. 3rd, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God.

Words cannot express how impressed I am. Lately I've been thinking about delving to inkle or tablet weaving because, when I move in a month, I won't be able to take my big barn loom with me. You've inspired me to try it!
Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
ooh, I envy you a big barn loom! Let me know if you run into any questions with inkle/tablet... I've been doing it for (gulp) a decade and a half? Gosh, it's been a while.
(no subject) - flautenpupie_79 - Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - oakenking - Jun. 4th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 4th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
Holy wow! :D
Jun. 4th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
Book recommendation
I like to weave however, I've not done much tablet weaving. You have any books you might recommend for lots of good patterns?
Jun. 4th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
Re: Book recommendation
Hmm... Linda Hendrickson's books have a lot of good *designs* - graphs and charts. Peter Collingwood's book has more information on how to do things, although it can be a little dry. Candace Crockett's book is good, although her warping technique is definitely working harder, not smarter. Check out www.weavershand.com for a lot of good information, and very thorough bibliographies.
Jun. 4th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see it later today. You did such a great job!!!
Jun. 4th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)
That is so beautiful!!
Jun. 4th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
You are so very talented. That's gorgeous.
Jun. 4th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)

Now I feel driven to pick up my tablets. So beautiful.
Jun. 4th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
Absolutely magnificent work guy. I'm really impressed (and I know what you can do)!
Jun. 4th, 2005 07:25 am (UTC)
i know you :)
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(no subject) - wilderose - Jun. 4th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 4th, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)
Gorgeous. Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.

Jun. 4th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
As Always! :)
Jun. 4th, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
Very cool! =) I'm sure your friends will be very pleased.
Jun. 4th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
absolutely awesome!!
Jun. 4th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
Very fine work.
I really love it when you post your works.
Jul. 2nd, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
I had no idea you could do that with and inkle loom. I have a belt someone made on an inkle loom but I do mainly finger weaving.

Congrats to your friends too.
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