Sami Band Weaving
These Sami style weaving drafts can be woven using a single or double hole rigid heddle loom. The band weaving patterns are woven using a pickup technique over a tabby ground warp.
Traditional Band Patterns
Each family has their own band pattern and colours. The woven bands are functional and have many uses such as ties, reindeer harnesses, straps for bags, handwoven belts and trim on their clothing. This helps to identify their goods and clothing or who owns which reindeer. As the Saami are a nomadic people, the colourful bands also help to identify who is who in the distance or in the snow.
The Sami people have traditionally woven narrow bands using a simple reed made of wood or bone. The band is woven using a tabby ground weave. Intricate and colourful patterns are woven using a pickup technique.
Stoorstalka Weaving Reeds
A traditional Sami weaving reed made of modern materials. Stoorstalka now makes several designs of Sami Weaving reeds: standard, double slot ‘Sunna’ and double hole ‘Beaivi’ – and also a new Sami style weaving shuttle ‘Gehpa’. Wonderful!
Th Stoorstalka heddles can be purchased in my PaivatarYarn Etsy Shop or through the Stoorstalka website.
Band Weaving Patterns
Sami Double Hole Heddle
More About Band Weaving
Saami Beaivi Loom Weaving Workshops
Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving Learn the basics of how to weave pickup using a Beaivi double hole rigid heddle loom.
Warp a Beaivi Loom Workshop Learn how to warp a Beaivi loom and how to weave pickup patterns.
My Saami Heritage
Saami Music – Itunes
Binna Banna – Kikki Aikio
Áphi (Wide As Oceans) – Sofia Jannok
Ulda – Ulla Pirttijärvi & Ulda
The Kautokeino Rebellion (Music from the Movie) – Herman Rundberg, Mari Boine & Svein Schultz
Beaivi, Áhcázan (The Sun, My Father) – Nils-Aslak Valkeapää
Sami Band Weaving Books
Sue Foulkes has written a few books about Sami band weaving and using a Sunna heddle.
Band Weaving Books
Weaving Patterned Bands: How to Create and Design with 5, 7, and 9 Pattern Threads
Handwoven Tape: Understanding and Weaving Early American and Contemporary Tape
Norwegian Pick-Up Bandweaving
Weaving Bands: Woven bands / Table Bands / Plaited Bands / Insertion Bands