Jokkmokk Market 2020 was a wonderful event. If you followed my blog whilst I was there you will have seen such glorious images.
Jokkmokk is within the Arctic Circle. We stopped to take photographs of the sign.
|One of the Arctic Circle stopping points.|
We arrived a few days before the Market opened as I knew that there was going to be so much to see and so many people to meet.
Practically next door to the hotel was the Sami Doudji Centre.
|Sami Doudji Centre near the hotel|
Here I met Juhan for the first time having only corresponded by email. He was very busy because two exhibitions were being assembled in the Centre.
|Juhan and I in the Sami Doudji Centre|
|Just one corner of the room!|
|A selection of the books on sale|
Here are two of them. Stoorstalka might be selling them soon. I mention them on my blog on the page about weaving books from Sweden.
Here are the three books which are now back in print.
Girjjit Samisks vavmonster Karesuando, Jukkasjarvi och Gallivare (1999) ISBN 91-630-9564-5
This book is excellent. The patterns are very clear and I understand that it was written by local weavers.
Sjnjissjkot ja lahtat Samiska band fran Arvidsjaur, Arjeplog och Mala (2000) published by Sameslojdstiftelsen Sámi Duodji ISBN 91-631-0499-7
There were a number of exhibitions in other venues both before and during the market.
|The Old Pharmacy|
|Inside the Old Pharmacy|
I loved the ski baskets that people used when they were out shopping.
We had booked the market portion of our holiday with Laponia Adventures. https://www.laponiaadventures.com/
|Mirja from Laponia Adventures in the hotel lobby.|
Here I am dressed for a dog sledging trip. I have two coats, a sleeveless warm fleece, shirt and thermal vest with a thermal buff and hat and two pairs of trousers and leggings! On top of that I was given a ski suit to wear and very warm boots.
|Setting off after our coffee break|
The Jokkmokk Market
The Market opened on the Wednesday evening and the market was open from Thursday to Saturday.
Juhan was part of the opening ceremony.
|Juhan trying out the microphone before the opening ceremony|
|Part of the opening ceremony|
Once the market opened, Jokkmokk became very crowded.
|A busy day on one of the market streets|
|One of the reindeer in the parade.|
This is eagerly anticipated and very colourful.
There were a number of exhibitions of Sami handicraft including many colourful textiles.
|Part of the exhibition of the work of students at the Sami handcraft school|
Do check my Facebook page for more pictures and videos. https://www.facebook.com/sue.foulkes.5
While I was in Jokkmokk I wrote a daily piece on Facebook.
Keep well and safe.
Braid Society Online Workshop
I hope to be able to make the workshop booklets more widely available. Check out my blog later this month for further details.
The equipment needed is the standard heddle. The bands are simple warp-faced plain weave with no pick up. A pattern slot heddle like the Sunna heddle is not suitable.
Here is an outline of the sessions.Week 1 An introduction to Sanada-Himo bands from Japan. Sanada-Himo are the traditional woven bands from Japan used to tie scrolls and boxes, and used in making samurai armour. Tamaki
Takagi wrote an interesting article about sanada-himo bands for her workshop in Tacoma., in 2016. It
was through her workshop that I became interested in these bands.
I will also introduce some other simple striped bands from around the world. The week will give you
a range of patterns to try if you want. The striped band seem to be used everywhere. These are the
ties that bind us all together in a community of handweavers.
You do not have to weave all of them. Just choose one that takes your fancy.
Week 2: Simple ideas for designing your own stripe patterns.
This session and the next may be of interest to weavers, particularly those who like to weave plain
In this session we will be looking at very easy ways of varying a striped pattern.
Week 3: Further ideas for creative stripe designing
This session will give you ideas on how to design your own stripes from scratch.
The equipment list has already been posted. Anything will do from a standard heddle and backstrap, inkle loom, two shaft floor or table loom, tape loom, rigid heddle loom. As for materials, again cotton, wool, cottolin etc would be fine. Why not reduce your stash!
I thought that it would be fun to share a workshop of easy-to-weave bands with some added exercises in making your own stripe patterns to weave.
Stoorstalka is open for mail order.They sell the Gepha shuttle and the standard heddle. The large white, the medium white and medium gold are suitable. The large white has 103 and the medium heddles have 63 slots and holes. Most bands in the workshop have up to 60 warp ends but a few have more. They can be woven on an inkle loom or a two shaft table or floor loom. https://shop.stoorstalka.com/en/products/bandweaving-heddles/
The Woolery is open for mail order as is the Woolery.
Standard heddles .and the Gepha shuttle are stocked by The Woolery in the USA
go to https://woolery.com/ They have a great selection of yarns for weaving and a variety of band weaving equipment which would also be suitable for the workshop including, band looms and inkle looms.
Susan J Foulkes April 2020