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Woven, Decorative Bands: Weaving on the Modified Rigid Heddle

Course Overview

The intricate and colorful band weaving that is sometimes found on lusekofta (Norwegian ski sweaters) can be woven on a “spaltegrind." This workshop will show how to transform a standard rigid heddle into a spaltegrind, a modification developed in the 1930s and 1940s by American weavers to weave colorful, decorative bands that may include names, dates, and mottoes. In peasant crafts from Scandinavia, pattern is often laid upon pattern for dazzling effect. The use of these colorful bands in combination with two-color knitting is but one example of this approach to design. Students learn how to modify a standard rigid heddle and the basics of pick-up weaving for bands. If desired, students can make appropriate shuttles–a small woodworking project.

Material fee includes two rigid heddles, shuttle, belt, bar, yarns and lesson materials. One rigid heddle will be modified, warped, and ready to weave. The goal of this workshop is to get students weaving as quickly as possible. After students develop an understanding of the basics, they will design a second weaving project, modify and warp the second heddle. When students master the basic design and weave techniques they can, if desired, advance to Sami band weaving techniques or Latvian three-color work. Additional heddles of various sizes will be available.

Course Details

Length: 4 Days