Sami Open Braid Weaving

Braid Weaving

I have been doing a study on Sami band weaving and I noticed that the ends of the heddle woven shoe bands are often finished with a simple braid technique of finger weaving or open braiding the ends. These types of braids are also used for belts, ties and bracelets and are traditional in Finland and other Nordic countries.

I thought that using bobbin lace bobbins for holding the warp threads would be a suitable way to weave this type of braid.

Bobbin Lace

To weave a 2 yard length of braid I started with 3 yard length of warp yarn in 8 strands.
3 Blue
2 Green
3 Orange

I attached the ends to the top of an art board with a jumbo paper clip to hold the braid in place while I weave.
I wound each yarn length around the neck of a bobbin.
This is a very simple twill type of weave that makes a flat braid, much like a shoe lace. I will be using this braid for lacing a pair of hand felted wool slippers.

Step 1

Bobbin Lace


Over 2
Working from the Left to the right
Take the first warp yarn (your working yarn) on the left and weave it Over the next 2 warp threads

Step 2

Bobbin Lace


Under 2
Then weave the working yarn Under the next 2 warp yarns

Step 3

Bobbin Lace


Over 1
Then weave the working yarn Over the next warp yarn

Step 4

Bobbin Lace


Under 2
Then weave the working yarn under the last 2 warp yarns.
Tighten the tension
Repeat the above sequence again starting from the left, weaving to the right.

Braid Weaving
Double Hole Rigid Heddle Weaving
Bobbin Lace Weaving

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Binna Banna – Kikki Aikio
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Last Updated on March 22, 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