Poppana Weaving

About Finnish Textiles: weaving poppana, rya,

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During a trip to Ontario, I had the opportunity to view some wonderful examples of
Finnish textiles. Here are some photos of them.
Poppana
poppana

18″ x 40″

Warp: Cotton

Sett: 12 epi

Weft: Poppana yarn

18 ppi

Poppana “yarn” is made from pre-woven strips cut on the bias. The fuzzy edges of the
cloth strips are used as part of the design element, creating a chenille type of effect
to the weft. Poppana is a traditional Finnish technique and can be used for making table
linens, clothing or other unique fabrics.

Poppana can be ordered premade or you can also make your own with either recycled or
new cloth (cottons, silks or wools) Cut fabric, such as sheet material, on the bias, into
1/4″ – 1/2″ narrow strips. It is used as weft and can be woven in tabby or twill
treadlings.

Poppana yarn is generally sold on small disks that can be inserted into a special poppana shuttle for easy weaving. If you don’t have such a shuttle, you can wind the poppana yarn onto a rug shuttle instead.

More Poppana Weaving

The Finnish Tradition of Poppana Weaving
Unica
Unica is a Finnish design company that uses Poppana cotton fabric for coats, jackets and other quality clothing.

Svalan
A Swedish site that has woven items as well as Poppana and other yarns. An email address
is supplied, so you can write to them in English, requesting information on their yarns.

Toika
Toika carries special shuttles for poppana weaving.

Kangasaitta
A yarn shop in Finland.

Webs
Webs also carries poppana yarn and shuttles.

Weaving with Rags

Doubleweave Pickup

Rya

Wall Hangings

How to Make Bias Tape
Hand Weaving Books
Weaving on a Little Loom (Everything you need to know to get started with weaving, includes 5 simple projects

The Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand Weaving for the Beginning Weaver
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
Learning to Weave
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials
The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory
A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns: From the Friends of Handwoven
Krokbragd: How to Design & Weave
Doubleweave: On Four to Eight Shafts
Double Weave: Theory and Practice<
Magic of Doubleweave: The Best of Weaver’s (Best of Weaver’s series)
Weaving In the Arts: Widening the Learning Circle
DIY Woven Art: Inspiration and Instruction for Handmade Wall Hangings, Rugs, Pillows and More!
>On the Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide
Rug Weaving Books
Weaving Rag Rugs
The Rag Rug Handbook
Weaving Contemporary Rag Rugs: New Designs, Traditional Techniques
Weaving Western Sakiori: A Modern Guide for Rag Weaving
Favorite Rag Rugs

Weaving Books
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
Learning to Weave
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials

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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