Sami Open Braid Weaving

I have been doing a study on Sami braid weaving and I noticed that the ends of the heddle woven braids are often finished with a simple braid technique of finger weaving or open braiding the ends. These types of braids are also used for belts, ties and bracelets and are traditional in Finland and other Nordic countries.

I thought that using bobbin lace bobbins for holding the warp threads would be a suitable way to weave this type of braid.
Bobbin lace braid

To weave a 2 yard length of braid I started with 3 yard length of warp yarn in 8 strands.
3 Blue
2 Green
3 Orange

I attached the ends to the top of an art board with a jumbo paper clip to hold the braid in place while I weave.
I wound each yarn length around the neck of a bobbin.

This is a very simple twill type of weave that makes a flat braid, much like a shoe lace. I will be using this braid for lacing a pair of hand felted wool slippers.

Step 1

Bobbin lace braid 1
Over 2
Working from the Left to the right
Take the first warp yarn (your working yarn) on the left and weave it Over the next 2 warp threads

Step 2

Bobbin lace braid 2
Under 2
Then weave the working yarn Under the next 2 warp yarns

Step 3

Bobbin lace braid 3
Over 1
Then weave the working yarn Over the next warp yarn

Step 4

Bobbin lace braid 4
Under 2
Then weave the working yarn under the last 2 warp yarns.

Tighten the tension

Repeat the above sequence again starting from the left, weaving to the right.

Braid Weaving

Weaving Sami Braids- Video
Double Hole Rigid Heddle Weaving
Bobbin Lace Weaving

Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving Learn the basics of how to weave pickup using a Beaivi double hole rigid heddle loom.
Warp a Beaivi Loom Workshop Learn how to warp a Beaivi loom and how to weave pickup patterns.

Saami Music – Itunes

Binna Banna – Kikki Aikio
Áphi (Wide As Oceans) – Sofia Jannok
Ulda – Ulla Pirttijärvi & Ulda
The Kautokeino Rebellion (Music from the Movie) – Herman Rundberg, Mari Boine & Svein Schultz
Beaivi, Áhcázan (The Sun, My Father) – Nils-Aslak Valkeapää


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This page last edited on August 6, 2017


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