Category Archives: Sami Band Weaving

Saami (Sami) weaving of braids, belts and bands

Rigid Heddle Band Weaving

2 Slot Weaving Reed Instructions
How to weave using a Saami style double slot weaving reed.

These bands or belts are woven using a rigid heddle loom.
The warp has 31 ends.

Use 2/12 wool yarn for the background warp and weft. (BLUE)
Use 2/5 wool yarn for the pattern weft. (YELLOW)

Thread the weaving reed according to the draft plan below.

Weave the pickup following the weaving pattern draft.

More about Sami Band Weaving

Rigid Heddle Pickup Patterns

Saami Bandweaving

Saami Double Hole Looms

Sami Weaving Drafts

How to Warp a Sami Loom

How to Weave on a Beaivi Sami loom

Bands Belts and Braids

Saami Weaving

Band Weaving Books

Sue Foulkes has written a few books about Sami band weaving and using a Sunna heddle.

Inkle Weaving
UK: Inkle Weaving

Card Weaving
With nothing more than colored yarn and simple cardboard squares, crafters can produce exquisitely patterned woven bands.
UK: Card Weaving

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Book Store: Saami Books

A hand picked selection of books and videos about the Sami people and their crafts.

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Lapps and Labyrinths: Saami Prehistory, Colonization, and Cultural Resilience
Saami prehistory from 5000 BC to AD 1500.
UK: Lapps and Labyrinths

God Wears Many Skins: Myth And Folklore Of The Sami People
This poem records the creation story of the Sami, a nomadic people of Northern Europe, and then retells several Scandinavian folk-tales derived from their playfully animistic world view.
UK: God Wears Many Skins

The Sami of Northern Europe (First Peoples)
Intended for children, this book describes the history, traditional cultural practices and ongoing oppression and struggles of the Sami.
UK: Sami of Northern Europe

The Sami People: Traditions in Transitions
Sámi culture and traditions have been integrated with contemporary influences and perspectives.
UK: The Sami People

The Reindeer People: Living With Animals and Spirits in Siberia
An obseration of the symbiotic relationship between polar peoples and reindeer.
UK: The Reindeer People

Music

Gula Sámi (The Saami Anthem)

EuroTalk Interactive – Talk Now! Learn Saami
Learn to speak Saami

Áibbaseabmi
Ulla Pirttijarvi – Áibbaseabmi
Listen: Nieida -The Sami Girl

Gula Gula, Marie Boine – You Tube

Video

Pathfinder [VHS]
This is the first ever film in the Saami language and is based on an ancient Sami legend about a boy who witnesses his family’s murder.
UK: Pathfinder – Ofelas (DVD)

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The Saami
The Saami (Lapps) are known as the people of the sun and the wind. They are a nomadic people of northern Scandinavia and are reindeer herders. Saami ethnic heritage, language, traditional clothing, and handicrafts are distinct from other cultures in Norway, Sweden, Finland or Russia.
Saami Art
The Saami traditionally decorated their tools, clothing and other items of daily life. Clothing was made of reindeer skins and felted wool. Clothing edges were decorated with colorful bandweaving and woven belts.

Photo of a Saami woman wearing traditional dress.

My Saami Heritage
My grandmother was a Norwegian Saami. Here are some photos that I have of her and my father.

Sami of the Kola Peninsula

Saami Traditional Arts
Program notes are available on-line for a presentation made by Artist Anna-Stina Svakko, visiting the Bay Area from Porjus, a traditional Saami village in northern Sweden.
Varanger Saami Museum

A Norwegian museum exhibits Saami Duojdi handicrafts.
Arctic Norway
A cultural excursion to Norway to visit Saami ‘grene’ weavers. folk museums and travel by riverboats past scenic waterfalls and fjords.
Saami History
Archaeologists have linked the oldest Scandinavian stone age culture, the Komsa to the ancestors of the Saami. Ghengis Khan wrote that the Saami were a nation he would not try to fight again. They didn’t believe in war but were peaceful retreaters and disappeared in times of conflict. They moved their homes and reindeer and adapted to their new natural surroundings.

Saami Crafts

Saami Blog
A great blog with photos of Skolt Saami weaving – grene.

Saami Weaving – You Tube

First the edge is woven on a rigid heddle loom and then the warp is attached to an upright warp weighted loom.

Saami Belts and Braids

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Saami Double Heddle Loom
The colourful Saami bands are woven on a rigid heddle that has an extra hole for the colored yarn.

Stoorstalka Weaving Reeds
A traditional Sami weaving reed made of modern materials.
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Band Weaving Patterns
Bands or belt patterns woven on a rigid heddle loom.

Sami Weaving Books

Sue Foulkes has written a few books about Sami band weaving and using a Sunna heddle.

Sami Music

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

Saami Books and Music

Lapps and Labyrinths: Saami Prehistory, Colonization, and Cultural Resilience
Saami prehistory from 5000 BC to AD 1500.

God Wears Many Skins: Myth And Folklore Of The Sami People
This poem records the creation story of the Sami, a nomadic people of Northern Europe, and then retells several Scandinavian folk-tales derived from their playfully animistic world view.
UK: God Wears Many Skins

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Saami Pickup Weaving Pattern: blsami6

A weaving draft for making a traditional Saami belt.
This type of weaving pattern was traditionally woven on a small rigid heddle type of loom. Some of the Saami heddle reeds also had an additional hole in them, that was for the pattern warp threads, so that they could be picked up easily from the warp.
2 Hole Heddle Weaving Reed

Warp

 

4 Blue

9 Red

20 White

Total: 32 Ends

Sami bandweaving pattern

 
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Sami Weaving Patterns

Sami Weaving Drafts
Double Hole Rigid Heddle Looms
Beaivi Rigid Heddle Weaving

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

Band Weaving Books

Weaving Bands: Woven bands / Table Bands / Plaited Bands / Insertion Bands

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