Saami Band Weaving Drafts

Double Hole Sami Heddle
Double Hole Sami Heddle

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.

Stoorstalkka in Jokkmokk
Bandweaving – Stoorstalka for USA, Canada, Australia and Japan

Band Weaving Patterns

Rigid Heddle Pickup Patterns
Band Weaving Patterns
Saami Band Weaving Drafts- Sunna 5
Sami Pickup Weaving Patterns
Sigga Heddle Band Weaving
Saami Band Weaving: Sunna 7

Sami Double Hole Heddle
Sami Double Hole Heddle

Sami Double Hole Heddle

Beaivi Weaving Loom
How to Warp a Double Hole Weaving Reed
How to Weave with a Beavi Weaving Reed

More About Band Weaving

How to weave pickup on a band loom
Tablet Band Weaving
Tablet Weaving Cards
Sami Grene Blanket with a Bandwoven Edge Finish

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

Last Updated on June 15, 2021 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi