Band weaving with 13 pattern threads

Using a Sunna double slotted heddle with 13 pattern threads.

This is the heddle that I use most frequently.  Bands with 11 or 13 pattern threads can be woven comfortably.

Here is a heart motif. The thirteen pattern threads are red. The pattern and background threads are 6/2 cotton.  The red pattern threads are doubled.





The coloured squares show the pattern threads that should appear on the surface of the woven band. There are 12 picks for the pattern repeat.  When you reach pick 12, start again at pick 1.

The pattern draft only shows the 13 red pattern threads. It is a guide to which pattern threads should appear on the surface of the woven band. Raise the heddle on the odd numbered picks and lower the heddle on the even numbered picks.

All the pattern threads remain in a line in the centre of the shed when the heddle is raised or lowered.  This makes it easy to pick up the pattern threads that you need to show on the surface of the band. The tip of the shuttle is used to pick up the correct pattern threads to appear on the surface of the band.

Weaving at the Weave Fair, 2014
Depending upon the thickness of thread that you use, this would make a useful bookmark, with five or six pattern repeats.

I wove this pattern at the Weave fair.


The Double slotted heddle.

Here is the threading for a Sunna double slotted heddle with 13 shorter pattern slots.

Threading for the double slotted heddle.
To see the weaving process with a Sunna double slotted heddle, look at this YouTube video: Weaving a Sámi patterned band 


The Standard heddle or inkle loom.


The Heart heddle: perfect for weaving this band.


This beautifully carved wooden heddle is made by Åke Erlandsson, who is eighty years old. It can be purchased from Vav Kompaniet who ship worldwide.









For an inkle loom, the heddled threads are indicated by the hole and the unheddled threads by the slot. Note that the centre pattern thread is always threaded through the centre hole in the heddle. When push down the unheddled threads, the pattern threads 1,3,5,7,9, 11 and 13 will appear on the surface.  When using the pattern draft, you may have to bring up a pattern thread from the bottom layer or push down a pattern thread from the top layer to weave the pattern.

For hints about weaving, see my YouTube video: Weaving narrow warp faced bands.

Threading for a standard heddle or inkle loom.


For a standard heddle, look at the pattern draft.  You will see that some squares have dots.  This indicates which pattern threads will normally be on the surface when you raise or lower the heddle.

For pick 1, when you raise the standard heddle, pattern threads numbered 1,3,5,7,9,11 and 13 appear on the top.  You will need to drop down pattern threads 3, 5, 9 and 11.

For pick 2, when you lower the heddle, pattern threads numbered 2,4,6,8, 10 and 12 appear on the surface. You will need to pick up 7 and drop down 4 and 10.

The dots on the weaving chart show which patterns threads appear on the surface when you raise or lower the heddle and are also a guide for designing your own patterns.  Look at the pattern draft. A pattern thread which is raised over three picks, always starts and ends on a dotted square. Any single pattern thread will always be on a dotted square.

If you enjoy weaving heart patterns, there is a free download of a continuous heart pattern on the Weaving Today web site. Go to Free Resources then Projects and it is called Baltic Heart Bands. I wove this pattern using my heart heddle. It seemed very appropriate.

I designed the band for a dish towel which appears in Handwoven Nov/Dec 2014.


In my blog for November 2014, I showed a portion of a longer band which had 100 different motifs which I wove two years ago. Here is the pattern draft for the design. It is for 13 pattern threads.  The pattern threads are red except for the central thread which is green.  This is a useful guide when picking up the correct pattern threads to appear on the surface of the band.  Many bands have a central green thread.  In Sweden it is called the heart of the band.


Happy weaving

Durham Weaver  2014

1 comment:

  1. Susan, I am enjoying weaving the heart band you linked to here. I am finding something interesting. I wove a 12" sample using the Sunna heddle, then cut the sample off and threaded my double hole heddle to continue weaving. The hearts on the sample woven with the Sunna heddle are crisper, slightly more compact, although I tried my best to beat the weft in on the second samplers hard as I could. Have you seen any differences in how a band looks, depending on the type of heddle used to weave it?

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