(2023) Vävstuga Bandloom

Experience the versatility of our own band loom with innovative design features

Instructors: Becky Ashenden & Eva Gaultney

Dates offered 2023: Aug 28 – Sep 1 (concurrent with Bandfest)

Explore the versatility of this old style loom with our design innovations to make a variety of stunning plain weave and patterned bands. Learn two beaming methods and five weaving techniques.

This band loom (see it in action!) uses an inkle style shedding system. This means that every other warp end is in a fixed position, and alternate warp can move either above or below the stationary ends. The ability to spread the warp threads facilitates pick-up patterns. The class will begin with plain weave on Monday, allowing students the time to gain comfort manipulating the shed with their hands. Each student will dress their loom throughout the week with several short warps to get plenty of practice with dressing the loom and with simple several different techniques and structures.

Structures & styles

  1. Plain weave
  2. Simple pattern pick-up
  3. Plain weave with treadle device
  4. Mora style pick-up
  5. Classic pattern pick-up

Theory & hands-on

  1. Analyzing plain weave bands
  2. Analyzing patterned bands
  3. Three warping methods
  4. Two beaming methods
  5. Threading with comfort and ease
  6. Three pick-up structures
  7. Storing your project for later
Vävstuga Bandloom course

classic pick-up

Vävstuga Bandloom course

Vävstuga bandloom

Vävstuga Bandloom course

classic pick-up

Vävstuga Bandloom course

beaming method I

Vävstuga Bandloom course

plainweave band

Vävstuga Bandloom course

beaming method II

Vävstuga Bandloom course

simple pick-up

Vävstuga Bandloom course

simple pick-up

Vävstuga Bandloom course

Mora style pick-up

Vävstuga Bandloom course

Mora style pick-up

Vävstuga Bandloom course

plain weave

Vävstuga Bandloom course

classic pick-up

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Prerequisites: none

Max enrollment: 4

Course fee: $950 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch Mon–Fri, dinner Thu)

Materials fee: $40

Days offered: Five-day session, Monday–Friday

Schedule: Instruction time 9:00–noon and 1:30–4:00. Exceptions: on the last day, instruction ends at noon, and checkout must be completed by 3:00. Once a session begins, the Barn studio is available at all hours.

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