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Small looms, rigid heddle, inkle, band weaving.

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

 
Sami flag
 

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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Pin Weaving: aa071499

You don’t need a loom or other expensive equipment to try weaving. Pin weaving offers both versatility and portability for a woven project. The “loom” can be a piece of foam core or cardboard. The warp threads are held in place with straight pins. Weaving can be done in any direction, using thread, yarn, fabric strips, beads, feathers or other fibers. Pin weaving can offer kids a good introduction to the creativity of weaving.

Pin Weaving Mesh lets you create pin weaving creations without a board. It is a flexible backing into which you can weave yarn, ribbons and other materials.

The Craft and Yarn Depot carries supplies, patterns and pin weaving starter kits.

Linda Twohill of Sew What’s New has examples of pin weaving that incorporates various yarns, cords and beads to create an innovative vest design. Kits containing over 100 yards of coordinated boutique yarns will get you started on your own creative project.

Lili Pintea-Reed has directions for making a Pin Woven Vest using yarns and ribbons.

P Tamers at the Craft Connection site gives a pin weaving lesson for making a vest using strips of fabric. Basic techniques of using tubes, bias strips and fabric strips are explained.

An episode of the Carol Duvall Show demonstrates pin weaving using fusible webbing, cotton fabric strips and bias tape to make a fabric that can be cut into any shape.

Another episode is for a pin-woven Christmas stocking using metallic ribbon and gold fabric.

Lynn Smythe is a bead artist who creates both on loom and off-loom beadwoven projects. She has made an interesting pin-woven necklace of linen, beads and various other yarns.

Jo-Anne Fabrics and Crafts provides instructions to make a pin woven pillow using assorted ribbon strips.

If you prefer to learn with others, Bullen’s Wullens offers 2 -3 day workshops in pin weaving where participants will make a small pillow using straight pins and a cardboard panel for their loom.

Donna Rhoades and Kathy Stachowicz have written a step-by-step book, The Fine Art of Pin Weaving, that demonstrates many pin weaving techniques.

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Looms: aa051799

Looms of one type or another have been used for centuries to make cloth. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and can be used to make simple edgings or braids or can be computerized to create complex designs. As early as 2000 BC, backstrap and horizontal looms were used in the Andes. Native Americans also used a similar “Pacific” loom. The warp threads were tied to a post and held in place by a backstrap. The threads were spaced apart by a single hand-operated heddle.

The warp-weighted loom was used until the Middle Ages. It was comprised of a frame, with a roller beam on top. The warp, (vertical threads of the loom), went through the heddles, (loops of string). The warp threads were held under tension by attaching weights at the bottom of the loom. The heddles raised or lowered the warp threads to make a shed or space so that the weft (the horizontal threads) could be woven across. As each weft thread was woven, it was beaten down into place with a comb, piece of bone or wooden sword.

Looms today still work under the same principles. The warp threads are attached to the front and back beams, and are held under tension. Each warp thread passes through a heddle which can be a knotted string, a texsolv heddle or a metal heddle, that raises or lowers the thread, allowing the weft to be woven through the warp threads. Each heddle rests on a shaft or harness.

With tapestry looms, the threads are manipulated by hand. The weft is finger woven through the warp and the design is created through the use of various colors of thread. Some tapestry looms have 2 shafts that are attached to foot pedals. When the pedal is depressed, the shafts are raised allowing the weft to be passed through more easily. Looms can also have multiple shafts, that allow for more complex pattern designs.

Floor looms of today can be classed into 3 types, Jack,
Counterbalance
and Countermarche.

With a Jack loom, the sheds are raised up when a pedal is depressed. Jack looms can be a bit noisy to operate, as when your foot is removed from the pedal, the shed falls back into place with a bang.

A Counterbalance loom operates on the principle of counterweighting. When some shafts are lowered, the others are raised. This results in a smoother, and quieter weaving action.

The countermarche loom is most popular in Scandinavia and Europe and in my opinion gives the best shed. Due to the pulley action, the warp threads are pulled both up and down, resulting in less stress upon each individual thread. In hand or foot powered looms, the treadling sequence is done from memory. This can result in treadling errors.

To aid in complex treadling sequences, the dobby loom was invented where the raising of the pattern shafts is controlled by a peg system. This system was further enhanced with a computerized version. The Woodpecker

This tapestry was woven by apprentices of William Morris, in 1878.

More about Looms

Computers and Looms
Did you know that computers and looms have something in common?

How to Warp a Loom
A beginner’s guide to warping a loom, in 10 easy steps.

Cardboard Box Loom
Make your own loom using a cardboard box.

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Andes Weaving: aa111498

Follow these links to sunnier climates and wonderful weaving sites.
Nilda lives in the mountains of Peru. She has tended sheep since she was small. She demonstrates the preparation of her sheep and llama wool for spinning and uses Nuchu flowers to create a red dye.

Nilda and her sisters, Antonia and Flora weave with backstrap looms and make small belts to sell at market and larger textile pieces called Mantas.

The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco is dedicated to keep traditional weaving practices alive. They document different weaving designs and provide a venue for weavers throughout Peru to demonstrate and teach their art. They ask for donations to assist them in their efforts.

Pre-Columbian Textiles
An image collection of Peruvian textiles.
Ancient Andean Textiles
Traditional textiles were made of finely spun alpaca yarn and culturally more viable than gold or silver. Unfortunately, today, these beautiful heirlooms are often sold and cut up to decorate handbags and wallets.

Eye Pattern
A boy weaves a traditional eye pattern

Peruvian Weaving Video
A continuous warp for 500 years – Dr. Junius Bird of the American Museum of Natural History demonstrates his technique of reconstructing the patterns on backstrap and 4 stake looms.

Eddie Sulca
Eddie Sulca is a master weaver specializing in 3 dimensional Peruvian weaving, learned from traditional Wari weavers. His tapestries are made with natural dyes, gathered from local berries, leaves, branches, roots and insects and handspun sheep wool.

Puchka Peru
Puchka Peru offers a variety of cultural tours and learning workshops for artisans and others interested in working with Peruvian masters and folk artists.
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Small Looms: smalllooms

Rigid Heddle Weaving Drafts
A description of how to convert a 4 shaft draft plan to a rigid heddle loom.

Bands, Belts and Braids
Weaving narrow bands or braids has endless possibilities.

Beadlooms
Patterns and project ideas that you can make on a beadloom.

Cardboard Box Loom Project
You don’t need expensive equipment to weave. A flat piece of cardboard or a cardboard box can easily turn into a loom that you can weave mug rugs, placemats or intricate tapestries on.

Inkle Looms
An ever growing list of resources for inkle loom weaving.

Lucet Braiding
Instructions for using a Lucet to make braiding.

Rigid Heddle Samples
Kat Waltohttps://www.allfiberarts.com/2011/n has woven these samples to demonstrate the variety that is possible with just 2 shafts and a small loom.

Pin Weaving
What you can do with a piece of cardboard and some pins.

Rigid Heddle Warping Picture Show
Instructions on how to warp a rigid heddle loom.

Saami Band Weaving
The Saami are known for their intricate and colourful weaving of narrow bands, for use as belts and decorative edgings.

Used Equipment
Places to find used looms, weaving and spinning equipment of all sizes.

Aarhus Weaving Center
Rigid heddle looms are great for children or beginners to learn about weaving.

Ashford Handicrafts Ltd.
Inke looms are small and portable, used for making narrow warp-faced braids.

Basic Tablet Weaving
Sarah provides excellent instructions on how to do tablet weaving using an old set of playing cards.

C. Cactus Flower Miniature Looms
C. Cactus Flower Miniature Looms are designed specifically for weaving Navajo style rugs in miniature. Available in two sizes-the mini and the maxi-they have a unique tensioning system plus enable you to warp up right on the loom.

Gunnar Anderssons
Birch ribbon reeds, rigid heddles, flat shuttles, wood and paper tablet weaving supplies from Sweden.
Eloomanation
Eloomanation has a great source of free downloadable vintage patterns for small looms, Weavit, Loomette.

Halcyon Yarns
Halcyon Yarns cardweaving kit is suitable for children and beginners. It contains 24 cardweaving cards, a shuttle and yarn.

Handloom Construction
by Joan Koster–educator, anthropologist, artist and weaver.

Hand Weaving Company
This family run business in Wales produces weaving sticks, peg looms, corkwork bobbins and lucets.

Harrisville Designs
Harrisville Designs has award-winning friendly loom products designed for children, including peg looms, tapestry and lap looms.

Beka Looms
Lambs Ear Farm carries a selection of Beka Inkle and Rigid heddle looms.

Ri’illa Weave Loom-less Weaving
Rita Curry Porter and Priscilla Curry Hale have developed a finger weaving technique for making complete garments, gloves and shoes.

Twist
Twist – Tablet Weavers’ International Studies and Techniques is an international group of tablet weavers who promote the appreciation of tablet weaving.

Weavies
A new book that features 16 projects using a Weave-it or other small loom.

You Tube – Fear not the String Heddle

Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving
Wonderful projects and plain-weave variations, this user-friendly guide covers choosing, setting up, and weaving on a rigid heddle loom.
UK: Hands on Rigid Heddle

The Woven Bag: 30+ Projects from Small Looms (Writers Digest Guides)
Each bag is created using small looms, such as potholder looms, frame looms and knotted mesh looms.
UK: The Woven Bag

Inkle Weaving
UK: Inkle Weaving

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Woven Bands: aa060498

Weaving in narrow strips or bands has been done for many centuries and in many cultures. Tablet weaving with cards is traceable to the early Iron Age. The warp yarn is threaded through flat squares of wood that control the direction of the lift. Various patterns are created by the direction of the turn of the tablet or square.

The Northwest Journal has instructions on how to do a Chevron design braid using finger weaving techniques.

Hopi textile weavers weave ceremonial bands and braids.

In Japan, kumihimo braiding techniques use anywhere from 4 to 200 strands for more complex designs.

Though belt weaving may appear small and inconsequential at first, the possibilities are endless. If you have experiences with it, I’d love to hear more. Tell us about it on our Forum.

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Basic Tablet Weaving
Phiala provides easy-to-follow instructions are provided for card weaving.

Brikvaevning
A wonderful Danish website featuring Tablet weaving.

Birka-Style Tablet Weaving Recipe
A Viking style draft for a card-woven strap.

Paivatar Tablet Weaving Cards
Paivatar Tablet Weaving Cards

Please check my PaivatarYarn Shop on Etsy for my new tablet weaving cards.

Native Tech: Instructions for Finger Weaving Belts
Basic finger-weaving techniques are illustrated with diagrams.

Lucet Braiding
Instructions for making braiding with a lucet.

Saami Band Weaving.

Double Slot Rigid Heddle Looms
In Scandinavia complex patterns are woven using a small rigid heddle with an additional hole or slot that carries the pattern warp.

More Band Weaving Patterns

Small Looms

Inkle and Band Weaving Books

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Used Equipment

Used Looms, Spinning Wheels, Carders and Weaving Tools

Countermarche Loom
Countermarche Loom

Here are some places to find used looms, spinning wheels, skein winders and other weaving and handspinning tools.
skein winder

Apple Hollow Farm
Apple Hollow has an interesting collection of antique wheels and looms.

Fiber Equipment and Barter Page
A good barter/swap/trade site if you are looking for used looms, wheels or yarns.

Fiber Art
A site for on-line auctions and classified listings of fiber art related items.

Homestead Weaving Studio
Homestead Weaving Studio has a nice selection of gently used looms, carders and other supplies for the weaver or spinner.

Interweave Books
Learning to Weave
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Rigid Heddle Loom – Weavers Idea Book
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Easy Weaving with Supplemental Warps
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Inkle Pattern Directory
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Opalessence – Used Weaving/Spinning Equipment
Opalessence has a good selection of used looms and spinning wheels.

Spinners’ and Weavers’ Housecleaning Pages
A page devoted to the resale of gently used spinning, weaving and handknitting equipment, yarns and fibres.

The Loom Exchange
Some wonderful finds for used looms and equipment in the UK.

Weavers Friend
Janet Meany has an excellent resource library of manuals for historic looms.

Weavers Guild of Boston
The Weavers Guild of Boston lists used looms and other equipment in their classifieds section.

Weaving Information

Handweaving Books: Beginner Weaving
Weaving for Beginners: An Illustrated Guide (Peggy Osterkamp’s New Guide to Weaving Series)
Provides beginners with the information they need to weave in a clear and enjoyable step-by-step way.
UK: Weaving for Beginners

The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory
Introduction to the tools, equipment, fibers, and yarns used with four-shaft looms, this reference features patterns for 600 different weaves, including twill, zigzag, diamond, herringbone, and block
UK: Handweavers Pattern Directory

A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns: From the Friends of Handwoven
A thousand different patterns on more than 25 weave structures.
UK: 8 Shaft Patterns

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