Band Weaving Equipment
UK: London STOP PRESS!
Here is a new outlet for the Sunna heddle.
They sell rigid heddles, inkle looms and yarn in very useful small amounts.Their shop is an Aladdin's cave. Well worth browsing the online shop or better still visit their beautiful shop in London.
Stoorstålka, Sweden and Online
Stoorstålka sell rigid heddles and shuttles for weaving narrow bands. They ship items worldwide. They supply double slotted heddles (the Sunna heddle) and double holed heddles (the Beavi heddle) as well as standard heddles with long slots and holes. Their web site is https://shop.stoorstalka.com/en/start.html
If you are in the USA, Canada, Australia or Japan, Stoorstålka have a dedicated web site at
For Norway go to https://no.stoorstalka.com/nb/
This is the double slotted Sunna heddle. This heddle has 13 shorter slots for pattern threads.
The Sunna XL double slotted heddle has 17 shorter slots for pattern threads.
The Gehpa curved shuttle is ideal for making the picks ups for weaving patterns. This is a traditional shape for Sámi shuttles.
|Band weaving kit for the Sigga heddle.|
Stoorstalka now produce a band kit for the 8 pattern slot Sigga heddle. It contains everything that you need to start weaving. An ideal present for the beginner weaver.
USADouble slotted heddles and the Gepha shuttle are also stocked by The Woolery in the USA
go to https://woolery.com/
NorwaySpinnvilt is a place for weavers to visit when in Oslo. They have the full range of equipment from Storrstalka.
This shop in Boras in Sweden is owned by seven handweavers. There are more than 30 artisans and craft people who sell their crafts at the Vävkompaniet hand craft shop. They have a lovely selection of carved wooden heddles, such as the bird heddle pictured above. They also sell the useful band lock for weaving with a backstrap. here is the link for the band lock. http://www.vavkompaniet.se/tools-for-textile-craft/weaving-tools/band-weave-holder.html
They ship worldwide.
|The bird heddle made by Åke Erlandsson.|
|The heart heddle made by Åke Erlandsson|
The beautiful carved wooden heddles are made by Åke Erlandsson, who is eighty years old. He also makes a lovely heddle with a cut out heart shape as well as the bird heddle pictured above.
Here is a close up of the band lock.
|a lucet and curved shuttle.|
Gunnar is a wonderful worker of wood. He has a outlet on Etsy, as many of you know, for handmade weaving supplies.
I was privileged to meet Gunnar in Tartuu, Estonia. I could not resist buying some more items of weaving equipment and ordered a heddle and a shuttle.
Here are two examples of his lovely work. The feel of the smooth wood and the lovely colours of the grain are delightful. My photograph does not do them justice.
My new heddle, shuttle and heddle stand are wonderful. The stand is ideal for holding the heddle when threading the warp.
|The heddle stand holds the heddle and the shuttle.|
New Type of Standard Heddle
I was sent this link to a YouTube video. You will need to skip the adverts. It shows an ingenious design for a heddle. It enables the heddle to be warped easily . The way of weaving is unfamiliar way of weaving but it seems to work. It is always fascinating to see new ways of working.
The BandlweBär, the ingenious Inkle Loom from the inventor's workshop
The Loomy Bin
At the International Conference on Braiding in July 2016, I was given a beautiful shuttle from Don Betterley. Here is the sales table at the conference.
Gudrun Polak's card weaving website is the Loomy Bin www.theloomybin.com which shows the tablet weaving loom which is very popular.
Here is a selection of Don's range of shuttles and other small wooden tools. Woods are all sustainable & approved hardwoods; rosewoods, bubinga, walnut, bloodwood (satine), cherry, maple, indigo dyed maple. Finish is a natural beeswax, carnauba wax & orange oil. For prices contact Don at his email address.
|From Don Betterley: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|My Don Betterley curved shuttle put to good use weaving a Sanada-Himo band.|
Computer program from Fiberworks.
For planning my weaving I use an excellent computer program from Fiberworks. http://www.fiberworks-pcw.com/
I use it to record my analysis of band patterns and also for weaving on my Megado loom.