Numbers and Weaving, A Short Anecdote


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This is totally off topic, but it’s weird, so I thought I’d share.

My local fiber guild had an online tablet weaving class. I signed up. Participants were treated to two fully stocked kits, complete with precut yarns, equipment for a simple loom, and the first pattern started for us. Props to the teacher/organizer!

Tablet weaving uses threaded, numbered cards on the warp. (This is the part that stretches in front of the weaver. The weft is the part that goes side to side, or as I think of it WEFT is right to LEFT. (And then left to right, but I have wandered into the weeds.)) Rotate cards forwards or backwards. Lift threads up & down. Create pattern.

Understanding the mechanism is not important for this story. Just know that the directions are given by number: turn this card, turn that card, turn these cards together, and so on.

First Pattern
Turned card 1 just fine. Wherever I turned card 2, I wanted to turn card 3 also. Some synapse in my brain decided that 2&3 went together.

What, I thought card 2 was lonely?

I have no idea.

Second Pattern
My illnumeracy took a different route.

The mystic union between 2 & 3 was no longer an issue. They were able to go their separate ways.

Turn cards 4-6. Okay, cards 4 through 6. Three cards.

No problem.

Turn cards 3-7. Okay, cards 3 through 7 is four cards.

Wait? What?

Every time I saw the text “3-7,” my brain had sudden attack of subtraction and my hands reached for four cards. Five cards felt excessive.

Again, I have no idea why.

I told you it was weird.

Stay safe. Stay sane,
Katherine Walcott

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