Saami Band Weaving: Sunna 7

Sunna Band Weaving

Saami Band Weaving Drafts for 7 Pattern ThreadsSami Band Weaving is characterized by its complexity of geometric patterns that can be woven using simple tools.These 7 thread Saami band weaving patterns can be woven on a variety of different styles of Saami heddles such as the Beaivi, the Sunna or standard weaving heddles.

Sigga Heddle Band Weaving

Sigga Heddle

Sami band weaving has traditionally been woven using a small reed made of wood or bone. The heddle has long slots alternating with small holes for the warp. The band is woven by raising or lowering the heddle and passing the weft through the warp opening.Stoorstalka from Sweden have redesigned the traditional Saami weaving reed… Continue reading Sigga Heddle Band Weaving

Fish Tanning

Tanned Salmon Leather

I have been working with reindeer leather for the past year or so, hand stitching and making small bags, purses and pouches. My interest in reindeer leather began when I decided I wanted to weave and work with materials from my Saami heritage.

What is Sami Duodji

Sigga Heddle

Sami Duodji is all traditional handicraft that is made by the Saami people. The crafts are both artistic and have a functional purpose such as tools, clothing, knives, cups, bags, hats, belts, laces. These items have been made by hand for many centuries and were used in everyday Sami life. Recently there has been a… Continue reading What is Sami Duodji

2 Hole Weaving Reed

Beaivi Loom

From high-tech to low-tech weaving –My latest handweaving obsession is studying more about the weaving of narrow bands, belts and braids done by my ancestors. After finding a unique double slot weaving reed during a trip to Sweden, I did some more research on these small and portable weaving reeds used by the Saami people… Continue reading 2 Hole Weaving Reed