Books from Sweden, Finland, Estonia and USA


Handwoven Tapes by Susan Faulkner Weaver



ISBN 978-0-7643-5196-9  2016
This is a lovely informative book giving many traditional band patterns from the USA. There is a wealth of background information about these humble examples of the weavers craft.
Schiffer Press 2016     208 pages 
 ISBN 978-0-7643-5196-9


Traditional Finnish Decorative Bands by Theodor Schvindt 

in English

ISBN 978-952-5774-88-7  1903 and 2015
This little book is charming.  It was originally published in 1903 and has 159 band designs in colour. All the illustrated bands are in the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki which I visited in 2014. It has been translated into English. It has only 32 pages but a wealth of band details.  The colours are not accurate reproductions of the originals to avoid expensive printing costs so only six colours have been used.  There is also a similar book about tablet woven bands.

This book is available from http://www.salakirjat.com/  They are very efficient and the book arrived very quickly.


Moraband  by Barbro Wallin              in Swedish.



ISBN: 978-01-978632-5-4              2012
This beautifully illustrated book is published by the Zorn Museum in Mora, Sweden. It is in Swedish but the band patterns are clearly set out. Barbro has carefully recorded the bands that she has woven over many years.  The bands are woven on a Swedish band loom using coloured heddles to choose the pattern threads.  The bands use a threading which has three background threads in between each pattern thread.  As the band loom is not easily available outside of Sweden, I made a YouTube video showing how these bands can be woven using an inkle loom or a backstrap and rigid heddle.
The book is available from the Zorn Museum and Stoorstalka.


Esti Kirivööd by Piia Rand               in Estonian.



ISBN: 978-9949-9363-2-8                  2013
This is a well designed and illustrated book.  The photographs showing how to set up a rigid heddle and backstrap and an inkle loom are very clear and easy to follow even without an English translation.  All the bands are from the Museum in Tartuu.  Each band has a clear graphed pattern accompanied by a photograph of the front and back of the original band from the museum. All the bands are constructed from the familiar 'Baltic' threading which has two background threads in between each pattern thread.  All these bands can be woven using a double slotted heddle.

Lapilised Vööd by Merike Freienthal and Veinika Västrik  

In Estonian




ISBN: 978-9949-9363-0-4                 2012
This is another well designed and illustrated book in  Estonian. These bands have a supplementary warp thread which makes the pattern.  The photographs show how to set up an inkle loom, a backstrap with heddles and a four shaft loom.  The pattern threads are raised and lowered in groups.  The background threads weave tabby.  In the book, each band has a weave pattern and is illustrated with a photograph of the front and back of the original band.
Here is one of the patterns which I wove on my four shaft table loom. Both sides of this band are identical.

Band on page 111.  Woven in wool.
These two Estonian books are available online from  Apollo store.



Gjord av din hand         in Swedish

ISBN 978-91-982042-0-9  2014
Vav Kompaniet in Boras, Sweden have just written their first book called Gjord av din hand. It is in Swedish and beautifully illustrated with a variety of craft projects. It is available from their online shop.




Norwegian Pick-up Band Weaving by Heather Torgenrud  in English

Schiffer Publishing 2014


176 pages hardcover.  Lots of beautiful illustrations and band patterns.  Very clear instructions for weaving.

Virumaa Seelikud by Kersti Loite in Estonian



ISBN 978-9949-33-310-3

2013  ISBN 978-9949-33-310-3

112 pages hardcover.  Lots of beautiful illustrations of skirts and other striped material from the museum collection.  There are close up pictures of the stripes which would enable reproductions to be made. This book is a treasure trove of ideas for designing stripes. 




Patterned Sashes: The Common Cultural Layer by Anete Karlsone,
Latvijas Nacionalais Kulturas Centrs, 2014 ISBN 978-9934-528-09-5
In Latvian with a few pages in English.

Patterned Sashes: The Common Cultural Layer by Anete Karlsone, Latvijas Nacionalais Kulturas Centrs, 2014 ISBN 978-9934-528-09-5






Out of Print Books


The following books are out of print but it is useful to know the details in case second hand copies are available.





Lithuanian Sashes by Anastazija Tamosaitiene and Antanas Tamosaitis, Toronto:Canada, 1988, ISBN 0-9191187-04-8



Sámi band weaving







Sjnjissjkot ja lahtat  Samiska band fran Arvidsjaur, Arjeplog och Mala  (2000) published by Sameslojdstiftelsen Sámi  Duodji ISBN 91-631-0499-7

This lovely book has patterns for the distinctive Sámi bands woven in Arvidsjaur, Arjeplog and Mala in Sweden. Look at the instructions for weaving with the Sigga heddle on my blog to see how these bands are woven.






Girjjit Samisks vavmonster  Karesuando, Jukkasjarvi och Gallivare  (1999)  ISBN 91-630-9564-5


Girjjit Samisks vavmonster  Karesuando, Jukkasjarvi och Gallivare  (1999)  ISBN 91-630-9564-5

This is a beautifully produced book of band patterns for traditional Sámi bands woven in Karesuando, Jukkasjarvi and Gallivare in Sweden.




Haugen, A (1987) Samisk Husfild I Finnmark

Haugen, A (1987) Samisk Husfild I Finnmark, Oslo, Norsk Folkemuseum  
ISBN 82-529-1073-4

This book was reprinted a few years ago but again out of print.  It has band patterns and knitting patterns and has a wealth of detail about Sámi costume in Norway.



Latvian Band Weaving




Latvian Belts by Aleksandra Dzervitis and Lilija Treimanis.
This glorious book is a treasure trove of Latvian woven band patterns.






3 comments:

  1. Hi Susan, firstly I just want to say that I'm having a great time learning from your books which I discovered on Storstalka originally. I'm still just a beginner and have really only completed about 2 bands (not the finest work yet but I'm practising). I'm a bit hooked in general now on the subject of band weaving so I decided to get myself a copy of Patterned Sashes by Anete Karlsone and I'm not disappointed as it's a very well presented book in spite of the fact I cannot read Latvian. I have a question however. Can the warp drafts be converted to rigid heddle such as the Sunna? While studying them I can somehow picture it working on a Sunna heddle but I'm not sure I yet understand fully the technicalities of weaving. The patterns also list border pattern threads but from what I can see the borders are in plain weave.

    I hope I'm not bothering you with my beginners questions but I would welcome your advice.

    Thanks and kind regards,

    Patrick Collins
    Barcelona

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  2. It is a beautiful book. Yes the patterns themselves can be woven using the Sunna heddle. This works well for 11 and 13 pattern threads. The difficulty is that many of the patterns in the book have a large number of border threads. The Sunna heddle has spaces for only 14 on each side. So, you can reproduce the pattern in the centre but not all of the coloured border if it is wide. One very important skill it to identify when to raise and lower the heddle for the pattern when you copy the graph. As you can see in the book, many of the belts would have been woven using a shed stick and heddle rod. This is the simplest form of loom, usually used as a back strap and is very portable. There is not limit other than the weavers skill as to the width of belt and number of pattern threads.
    happy weaving

    Susan

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  3. Good evening Susan, thanks for your response it's very helpful. I'm glad to know that once I try these patterns I can adapt them to a Sunna heddle. Since you have shared such a wealth of source material for free I am really grateful as I also discovered a chapter of your Sami Bands course from the Braids Society that provides a helpful guide on how to determine whether to raise or lower the heddle.

    Keep up the great work as your material certainly was a motivation for me to take up this craft. Looking forward to reading your next blog posts.

    Take care,

    Patrick

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