Admittedly I was exhausted after three days of selling yarn, so I was relieved to find band weaving relaxing and enjoyable, and not incredibly difficult. Nancy designed her method of band weaving to be portable--all you need is a clamp, a small rigid heddle, and a few odds and ends that can easily fit in a small bag. Plus, it's much less expensive than buying a loom.
|Some of Nancy's examples, including a dog leash and keychain. Can't wait to make a leash for our dog Purl!|
|Students in action band weaving at the YarnFest|
My first project had some sections with very uneven edges, so I decided to cut out the ugly parts and make a shorter headband. I came to appreciate how sturdy woven fabric is--it's actually rather hard to undo weaving. I'm used to knitting which can easily come unraveled with a slight tug.
|My first woven band with Cotton Fleece|
|Modeling my woven headband--excuse the dorky selfie|
This method of band weaving is simple enough, it would be a great project for kids. I've already started weaving another band:
|Setting up the warp takes the most time. The warp will also create the pattern.|
|Almost finished! I'm hoping to make this one a belt.|
If you want to get started band weaving, here's a book recommended by Nancy:
Until next time. . . happy making!