It's proving to be a really hectic week for me (and next week will be even more so as it is time for paperwork..) but I decided that I would keep up the posts as promised.
One of the suggestions I was given was to give advice about tablet weaving. In itself, tablet weaving is actually quite simple. However, I suspect that most beginners do exactly what I did initially - want to try something really complicated, before I understood the basic principles. And deciding to use lovely, fine, 'authentic' thread. Both are recipes for disaster from a beginner's point of view!
The first is thread.
Don't try weaving with wool!
Wool is stretchy. The warp threads often break as the tension builds beyond the tablets.
Wool is fuzzy. The fuzz tangles and catches and makes finding the shed difficult
And, both of these factors contribute to threads breaking due to rubbing against the holes of the tablets.
Of course wool was used historically! But it is a tricky thread to tablet weave with when you are a beginner. So don't try. You'll end up frustrated and probably quit.
Use a simple perle (perl) cotton. Size 5 is really good, but you can use a thinner one. It may not be 'authentic', but it is great to learn with. Make yourself a bookmark or something - wait to make that wonderful girdle or trimming!
Weave with one colour to start out with. Then weave with two. Don't try to follow a fancy pattern - just play. Learn what happens when you turn the tablets is different ways. Learn the terminology. The biggest single problem with following any pattern tends to be the author's notation. If you assume the set up is based on one type of pattern and don't read what the author has written, your design can end up on the underside, or worse still, jagged and weird looking. There's no set pattern notation in TW in the way there is for knitting or crochet!
In other words... take baby steps!
And enjoy it!