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belt with doubleheaded dragons and knots 1 by were-were-wolfy belt with doubleheaded dragons and knots 1 by were-were-wolfy
This took so much longer to make then it should have! :faint:
Anyway, this is a belt made for *Archaeorac in the the #Artcrossing group. Her profile told me she is an archeology student from the UK and loves Zoos, different cultures and colorful thing.

Naturally I thought of tablet weaving which is a very old technique found in many cultures all over the world.

Originally I wanted to weave traditional with wool and try myself on animal patterns in the double face technique, but the wool I used felted so badly I gave up on the first band after a day or two. Then I had the idea for something else, which turned out to look totally ugly in the end.

I ended up doing this piece, which has a pattern of Celtic knots and a variation on the double headed dragon motive.
The technique used for the pattern is sometimes called Sulawesi and allows for free forming single line diagonals.
To make it easier for me I used turning patterns supplied in this awesome free database: [link] (German)
Since Rachel is British I used the colors of the British flag for the design.

The belt can be adjusted by a sliding thingy. (see [link]) Sadly I forgot to measure how far it can be adjusted before I packed it for shipping. I also don't know the total length of the woven belt, but I'd guess around one and a half meters.
The buckle is from my mixed stock of buckles. I only replaced the chain holding the pin with a little piece of braided cord in matching colors.

Another picture of the belt worn by me shows the colors a bit more clearly: [link]
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
oh! yeah I can see the winning prizes for this now... nice job wolfy!
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pinkkiapila Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing work!! I truly admire it, I have seen videos of card waving and omg, it requires patience, finger ability and strong will (to keep moving the cards to a repetitive pattern over and over again) hehehe :). Btw, is tablet waving same as card weaving? I have a feeling that yes, but just to make sure (the one using the square cards with 4 holes?)
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were-were-wolfy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:) Thank you for your comment.
Tablet weaving and card weaving are indeed the same. The square cards with four holes are the most common version, but you can use other numbers of holes too.
Simple patterns with turning sequences which are easy to remember can be quite relaxing.
For this pattern however I had to look up which cards to turn in which direction in nearly every row. It really tested my patience and is also the reason why it took so long. But seeing the motive develop while you weave makes up for a lot of the work you put into it. :)
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhhh this is great! Cool design and fun interpretation of her profile.
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Lucky101212 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't wait for this to be posted up on the ArtCrossing group to say THANK YOU!
I love it!
I'm sorry it took so long for me to get back to you, I only got back from a two-week holiday today. I can't wait to wear my awesome new belt tomorrow!
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were-were-wolfy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:) I'm glad you like it.
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