John Mullarkey is passionate about teaching tablet weaving and exploring new ways to make the art form more contemporary. He is a nationally recognized teacher, valued for the patience, clarity and organization he brings to his classes. After beginning to teach in 2009, John left a software development career to focus on weaving and teaching full time.
John has won many awards, is a frequent contributor to national fiber arts publications, and has authored books (“A Tablet Weaver’s Pattern Book,” “Tablet Weaving: Egyptian Diagonals,” et al.) and videos (“Tablet Weaving Made Easy,” “Double-Faced Tablet Weaving”) about the craft. His work appears in international shows and has been displayed at museums. The popular Schacht Zoom Loom is based on John’s design.
Tablet Weaving: A 6-hole Card Deep Dive
6-hole cards can be challenging. There are multiple sheds, and they are practically round which makes them difficult to turn. What can be done with these cards? We’ll take two techniques, Threaded-in patterns and Egyptian Diagonals, and look closely at what benefits we get by using 6-hole cards instead of 4-hole cards. We’ll also explore ways to make weaving with these fiddly cards easier.
Tablet Weaving: Sulawesi Band Weaving
This three-color tablet weaving technique can be found in Claudia Wollny’s Tablets at Work book. These bands woven with unique patterns originated on the Island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. We’ll examine the surprising color interactions and the wonderful and flexible pattern variations of these bands.