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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

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