I'm a spinner and a weaver. I especially love weaving with my own handspun yarns. A dear friend of mine, Sue Woods, traded me a pile of weaving books for my pile of stained glass and supplies a few years ago. I started reading through them all last November when I came across the book, "The Weaving, Spinning, and Dyeing Book" by Rachel Brown. Reading this book led me to buying a book called, "Card Weaving" by Candace Crockett.
I hunted for weaving cards online and quickly learned how to make my own cards for card weaving via this Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Tablet-Weaving-Cards/. I made mine from a recycled deck of pinochle cards because they're much larger than regular plaing cards. The pinochle cards gave me weaving cards that measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" and fit my hands quite nicely.
Now, I like the playing card weaving cards well enough, but I've started getting into much more historic weaves and require sturdier weaving cards. This is why a new instructable has been born.
You will need:
Empty and washed cat litter containers with the labels removed (or some 2qt margerine tub lids)
a ruler with a good, straight edge
a good pair of sharp scissors
a Sharpie (this is the only thing that will write on this grade of plastic
a hole punch
Please forgive any line markings you see on the cards. I will try and scrub them off at a later point as they do not interfere with the use of the cards.
Step 1: Locating recycled material to make your weaving cards.
The first step is to find some suitable material capable of standing up to weaving a 3" wide sash, belt, or stole. I recently finished weaving a stole from some leftover acrylic yarn I had laying about and discovered that the playing cards don't really hold up to that amount of weaving without becoming permantly bent and/or folded.
A lot of people recommend cardboard, but I quickly nixed that idea because it doesn't suit my hands nor does it suit the amount of weaving I've been doing. They also don't work so well for double faced card weaving.
I rummaged through the basement last night and found margerine tub lids (the 2qt size) and while they're quite sturdy and will do the trick in a pinch, I wanted something a tad bit stronger and less prone to bending while still being fairly easy to cut with a good pair of scissors.
Enter in the pile of cat litter containers that I hang on to because they're remarkably nice watering containers and make excellent cloches for your tomato seedlings when you put them out.
Once you've located at least 3 good cat litter containers or 12 margerine tub lids, wash them all in hot soapy water, rinse and dry thoroughly.