Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Scandinavian Band Weaving

Learning to weave has been on my bucket list for a long time--since way before I ever imagined I would live right next to a yarn factory. A small band weaving project seemed like a good way to dip my toes in to weaving. Especially since Nancy Shroyer, a fantastic teacher, was offering a workshop in German Pennsylvanian/Scandinavian band weaving at the Interweave Yarn Fest last month.
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!

1 comment:

  1. It ends up looking like pearls! Great color choices.