Mora bands — Sami bands — Leksand bands — Baltic bands — Norwegian bands
Enjoy the camaraderie of a festive atmosphere while delving into your own personal project.
Instructors: Becky Ashenden & Eva Gaultney
Dates offered 2024: Aug 12–16
The weaving of narrow bands is one of the most ancient forms of weaving known to man, and remains popular today. From the bandages used to wrap Egyptian mummies to the complex bands of Scandinavia, band weaving has taken many forms. Band weaving is inexpensive, portable, endlessly fascinating, and very easy to learn. There are many types and techniques for creating woven bands. Traditionally, bands have been used for harnesses, carrying water, clothing, and just about anywhere attaching, tying, or connecting was required. Today a beautiful handwoven band can easily take the place of a rubber band or string, and will enhance your life in the process.
On your own loom:
- You choose your warp
- (We will contact you with choice details)
Shared floor looms, set to go:
- Simple pick-up from Skåne
- Hefty Sami band
- Leksand pick-up
- Estonian treadled band
- Plain weave
Rigid heddle projects
- Design and analysis
- Learn to warp on “chairs”
- Threading, the easy way
- Weaving technique
- Packing for safe storage
- Pattern pick-up
- Fringe finishing
Mon – Warps will be pre-sleyed, ready to beam with help from your neighbors, followed by threading heddles, and weaving.
Tue – Weaving will continue, and we will start setting up rigid heddles.
Wed – We will start rotating on the extra looms, which will be set up ahead of time.
Daily – Classroom sessions will build on each other through the week, providing a thorough exposure to many examples, techniques, materials, and designs.