Using a Sunna double slotted heddle with 5 pattern threads.
The double slotted heddle is available in smaller sizes of 5, 7 and 9 shorter slots for patterns threads. These heddles can be used with a back strap, in a box loom or on a larger inkle loom.
|The Sunna double slotted heddle with 5 pattern slots.|
Here is a section of the Weave Fair poster.
I have adapted this graphic representation and made a weave pattern. There are 5 pattern threads so I used the 5 Sunna double slotted heddle to weave this band. The five white pattern threads (shown as green on the weave draft) are threaded through the 5 shorter slots on the heddle. The pattern threads are twice as thick as the background and border threads. The pattern draft only shows the pattern threads which should appear on the surface of the band.
|Top side of woven band|
|Reverse side of woven band|
Both sides of the band have lovely patterns.
Here is the threading for the Sunna heddle with 5 pattern slots. The 5 pattern threads are numbered and are indicated in red. They should be at least twice as thick as the background and border threads. You can use as many border threads as there are slots and holes in the heddle.
|Threading for Sunna 5 double slotted heddle|
Using a standard heddle or an inkle loom.This pattern can also be woven using a standard heddle or on an inkle loom.
|Threading for standard heddle.|
Another 5 pattern thread band.
A very common pattern is that of noughts and crosses. Here is a pattern for a band with 5 pattern threads.Look at the draft. You will see that some squares have dots and others do not. When you thread a standard rigid heddle, the centre pattern thread is always threaded through the centre hole in the heddle. This means that raising the heddle lifts three pattern threads to the surface. Look at the threading diagram for the first pattern on this page.
|pattern draft for 5 threads.|
For pick 1 when you raise the heddle, three pattern threads appear. You only want two on the surface so that centre pattern thread should be chosen and pushed to bottom.
For pick 2 the heddle is lowered. Only two pattern threads appear on the surface but you need four. The two pattern threads at the edges also need to be lifted up.
Always raise the heddle on an even numbered row and lower the heddle on an odd numbered row.
The dots are a handy guide when using a standard heddle.
You will also notice that all the raised groups of pattern threads always start and end on a dotted square. This is important. The dots are also very useful when designing your own patterns or transferring patterns to a chart.This was one of the first band patterns I wove. The selvedges are a bit wobbly!
|Noughts and crosses design for 5 pattern threads.|
Susan J Foulkes February 2015
New YouTube videos.
Here are some new YouTube video from Stoorstalka.
Weaving Zigzag pattern with Stoorstalka band weaving kit Sunna 5.
Click here to view it. https://youtu.be/1yY2Vm_xBPI
Weaving hearts with Stoorstalka band weaving kit Sunna 5.
Click here to view it. https://youtu.be/d2A1K8oEWTU
Susan J Foulkes July 2015