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Chloe McArthur

My initial response to the project was to explore the textiles of the Iron Age. It is difficult to find much representation of cloth, as any wool or textile substance would have deteriorated over the centuries being buried in soil. As I researched further, I came across tablet weaving, which was used for various things such as collars, belts, or decorative purposes. Tablet weaving is made using a set of small square panels each with 4 holes - a modern method as seen here uses a set of playing cards cut into squares, but Iron Age people would have used wood or bone instead. These are then threaded with yarn according to the desired pattern that you wish to follow. The yarn is then threaded through the shaft, the playing cards are then turned, in sequence, to create a repetitive pattern in the woven structure. I have put a few examples of what I think were patterns from the Iron Age but also a few of more of a modern design. To weave I used the technique of the back-strap loom, where you attach the yarn to a belt that is around your waist. To create the pattern, I used an online programme which lets you create the design, with a range of colours to choose from - I liked the mixture of ancient and modern! Another reason why I was interested in tablet is that it ties in with my personal work, a weave with rhythm and repetition.

Chloe McArthur

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Novium-3 Tablet weaving 1
Novium-5 Tablet weaving 2
Novium-6 Tablet weaving 3
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