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Make your own tablet weaving cards out of regular playing cards!

Tablet weaving (sometimes called card weaving) is an ancient type of weaving that uses tablets to create long narrow strips of fabric that are very strong.  Supposedly plastic tablets can be purchased...but I have no idea from where.  The original tablets were usually made of bone, horn, or leather, but one book I read mentioned more modern ones made of playing cards.  Not only are playing cards cheap and easy to find, they are both stiff and thin, making them ideal for tablet weaving.

Step 1: Materials

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Playing cards - new or used (must be in good condition if used)
Single hole punch - one that makes nice, smooth holes
Corner trimmer - found in the scrapbooking supplies
Craft knife
Metal ruler or straight edge
Cutting surface - cutting mat or cardboard

Optional: permanent marker
I'm looking forward to the tablet weaving instructable. I recall seeing this kind of weaving before and thinking it was interesting. Using the cards is great.
useraaaaa3 years ago
milk carton boxes!

Maureclaire4 years ago
Cool !!!
Maureclaire4 years ago
VERY cool ! Gotta try this ! Had never heard of it before !
Chrononaut (author)  Maureclaire4 years ago
Thanks! I'll be adding a "basic tablet weaving" instructable soon, stay tuned!