Handiscola Project

Handiscola – an EU funded project to teach historic Finnish textile crafts.

Sami Reindeer Bracelets

One of the traditional Saami duodji crafts is leathermaking. I thought I would give it a try. I started with something simple by purchasing a Sami bracelet kit from a Sami supplier in Sweden TNKReativt. The bracelet kit includes a piece of reindeer leather, tin thread, artificial sinew, clear nylon thread, sewing thread, a sewing … Continue reading “Sami Reindeer Bracelets”

Lucet Braiding

How to use a Lucet to make braids

Rigid Heddle Band Weaving

Sami rigid heddle band weaving patterns

Tablet Weaving Pattern – Belt no 74

This is my second tablet woven belt. Instead of using wooden cards, I wove this belt with the Lacis brand of plastic cards. I found these slightly easier to handle because they are thinner than the wooden ones, so fit in the palm of my hand better. I used Finnish cotton yarn for the warp … Continue reading “Tablet Weaving Pattern – Belt no 74”

Inkle Loom Weaving

Hands that Weave Dorothy weaves linen inkle bands. Inkle Weaving This site has patterns, photo galleries and resources for inkle weavers. Inkle Band Weaving Some examples of inkle band weaving used in wall hangings and Latvian skirts. Inkle Weaving Instructions Earthguild provides instructions for how to weave with an inkle loom. Inkle Weaving Looms Inkle … Continue reading “Inkle Loom Weaving”

2 Hole Weaving Reed

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”

Wool Cord

I have had a request from a monastery located in the US to find someone who can make wool cord for them. Can anyone identify this type of cord and be able to reproduce it? Please contact me if you can help. Paivi allfiberarts@gmail.com Assistance with this has been found. Thank you.