April 4, 2013
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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