band weaving

Some time  ago I spent a weekend in Landskrona, in a wonderful shop called Hemslöjden Skåne ,

and  tried some band weaving on a rigid heddle with a weaver Gunvor Johansson as a teacher.

this is a very dangerous place (I never managed to leave it  without  some new yarn or

embroidery kit in my hands), it is dedicated to folk craft materials related to Skåne,

region of southern Sweden. (They have an on-line shop  too!)

I tried to weave a warp-faced band:

and a band with a picked-up (?) pattern (in swedish it’s called upphämta).

(have been  using this heddle).  I was familiar with the principles of such weaving,

but after warping the heddle myself and making all kinds of mistakes while trying to weave the pattern –

I  understand much better now the way of designing and weaving this kind of bands.

I am so impressed by this red band woven by Gunvor (on her specially  engineered  band weaving loom)

here is similar band as a detail of a local bride’s costume (picture is taken in Kulturen, an open-air museum)

here are some good videos on band weaving by Susan Foulkes


11 responses to “band weaving

  1. Anne J Steves April 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I would be in big trouble if this was near where I live!

  2. Puushumlan ;-) April 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Fantastiskt fina band :-) Och fina bilder, som alltid.

  3. Anonymous April 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Såå inspirerande och lustfyllt.! Jag får lust att gå upp på vinden och leta fram min gamla bandgrind som jag inte använt på 25 år…

    • Alfia April 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Tack! Det var väldigt roligt att prova väva band, jag skulle definitivt vilja göra det då och då, det går ju så snabbt att sätta igång och man ganska snabbt skapar något fint och användbart!

  4. sonja April 6, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I love this sharing Alfia! What a wonderful store to get lost in.

  5. ulitasloom April 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Wow! How elaborated and beautiful! You can see that you´ve got lots of long cold evenings in Sweden for puzzling around with some beautiful crafts.

    • Alfia April 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      yeah, scandinavians had to find the way of getting some endorfines in all that winter darkness and when it comes to bands and inkles – every villlage developed their own signature patterns.

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