Woven Bands

Weaving Bands, Belts and Braids on small looms

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Weaving in narrow strips or bands has been done for many centuries and in many cultures. Tablet weaving with cards is traceable to the early Iron Age. The warp yarn is threaded through flat squares of wood that control the direction of the lift. Various patterns are created by the direction of the turn of the tablet or square.

The Northwest Journal has instructions on how to do a Chevron design braid using finger weaving techniques.

Hopi textile weavers weave ceremonial bands and braids.

In Japan, kumihimo braiding techniques use anywhere from 4 to 200 strands for more complex designs.

Though belt weaving may appear small and inconsequential at first, the possibilities are endless. If you have experiences with it, I’d love to hear more. Tell us about it on our Forum.

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Basic Tablet Weaving
Phiala provides easy-to-follow instructions are provided for card weaving.

Brikvaevning
A wonderful Danish website featuring Tablet weaving.

Birka-Style Tablet Weaving Recipe
A Viking style draft for a card-woven strap.

Paivatar Tablet Weaving Cards
Paivatar Tablet Weaving Cards

Please check my PaivatarYarn Shop on Etsy for my new tablet weaving cards.

Native Tech: Instructions for Finger Weaving Belts
Basic finger-weaving techniques are illustrated with diagrams.

Lucet Braiding
Instructions for making braiding with a lucet.

Saami Band Weaving.

Double Slot Rigid Heddle Looms
In Scandinavia complex patterns are woven using a small rigid heddle with an additional hole or slot that carries the pattern warp.

More Band Weaving Patterns

Small Looms

Sami Band Weaving

Tablet Weaving Books

Card Weaving
Step by Step Tablet Weaving: an Introduction to the Art of Creative Tablet Weaving [Illustrated in color]
The Techniques of Tablet Weaving
Der Zauber des Brettchenwebens / Tablet Weaving Magic
Weaving With Small Appliances – Book II – Tablet Weaving
The History and Method of Tablet Weaving
Ecclesiastical Pomp & Aristocratic Circumstance: A Thousand Years of Brocaded Tabletwoven Bands

Band Loom Weaving Books
Tape Loom Weaving… Simplified
Handwoven Tape: Understanding and Weaving Early American and Contemporary Tape
Norwegian Pick-Up Bandweaving
The Weaver’s Inkle Pattern Directory: 400 Warp-Faced Weaves
Band Weaving
Band. Vävda Band, Brickband, Flätade Band Och Pinnband Av Ull, Lin Och Bomull / Weaving Bands: Woven Bands / Table Bands / Plaited Bands / Insertion Bands
Väva I Bandgrind

Author: Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi