I have designed some new tablet weaving cards that are made of durable plastic, because I didn’t like to use the matt board ones. I found that they tended to wear out rather quickly. I designed these cards to be made of plastic so that they would be able to withstand the friction that is … Continue reading “Tablet Weaving Cards”
To warp my new Glimakra band loom, I use a method that is similar to the way that I warp my large floor looms, front-to-back. The total length of the band loom is about a meter, a comfortable distance to reach both the back and the front beams of the loom, if you sit on … Continue reading “How to Warp a Band Loom”
The latest loom to enter my loom collection is a 2 shaft band loom made by Glimakra. I like to weave narrow bands using a small, hand held rigid hedddle, but I am hopeful that a band loom will make the band weaving process more efficient. The Glimakra band loom arrived (Ikea style) in a … Continue reading “Glimakra Band Loom”
Grene rugs and blankets were a traditional style of blanket woven by the Saami on warp weighted looms. They were made of hand spun wool. The top edge of the blanket had a braid that was woven using a Saami weaving reed. The weft threads of the braid were the ends of the lengths of … Continue reading “Grene Braided Edge Finish”
I have been doing a study on Sami braid weaving and I noticed that the ends of the braids are often finished with a simple braid technique of finger weaving or open braiding the ends.
Books and patterns for making woven bands and braids, tablet weaving, card weaving, rigid heddle.
From high-tech to low-tech weaving – My latest handweaving obsession is studying more about the weaving of narrow bands, belts and braids done by my ancestors. After finding a unique double slot weaving reed during a trip to Sweden, I did some more research on these small and portable weaving reeds used by the Saami … Continue reading “2 Hole Weaving Reed”
Different parts of Finland and Scandinavia were known for using different weave structures, patterns and colours.