Vävstuga Bandloom

Experience the versatility of our own bandloom with innovative design features

Instructor: Becky Ashenden

Dates offered 2020: Aug 3–7

Explore the versatility of this old style loom with our design innovations to make a variety of stunning plain weave and patterned bands. Learn two beaming methods and five weaving techniques.

This bandloom uses an inkle style shedding system. This means that every other warp end is in a fixed position, and alternate warp can move either above or below the stationary ends. The ability to spread the warp threads facilitates pick-up patterns. The class will begin with plain weave on Monday, allowing students the time to gain comfort manipulating the shed with their hands. Each student will dress their loom throughout the week with several short warps to get plenty of practice with dressing the loom and with simple several different techniques and structures.

Structures & styles

  1. Plain weave
  2. Pattern pick-up type I
  3. Pattern pick-up type II
  4. Mora style pick-up
  5. Leksand style pick-up
  6. Gain comfort with inkle shedding

Theory & hands-on

  1. Analyzing plain weave bands
  2. Analyzing patterned bands
  3. Three warping methods
  4. Two beaming methods
  5. Threading with comfort and ease
  6. Four pick-up structures
  7. Storing your project for later

Add-ons

  1. Lease sticks
  2. Raddle
  3. Treadle
  4. Shuttle box
  5. Warp spreaders
  6. Rigid heddle
Vävstuga Bandloom course

pattern pick-up type II

Vävstuga Bandloom course

Vävstuga bandloom

Vävstuga Bandloom course

pattern pick-up type II

Vävstuga Bandloom course

beaming method I

Vävstuga Bandloom course

plainweave band

Vävstuga Bandloom course

beaming method II

Vävstuga Bandloom course

pattern pick-up type I

Vävstuga Bandloom course

pattern pick-up type I

Vävstuga Bandloom course

Mora style pick-up

Vävstuga Bandloom course

Mora style pick-up

Vävstuga Bandloom course

plain weave

Vävstuga Bandloom course

alternate threading, type II

Location: Farm Studio

Prerequisites: none

Max enrollment: 12

Course fee: $700 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch Mon–Fri, dinner Thu)

Materials fee: $40

Room & board: $450 (includes lodging Sun–Thu evenings, breakfast Mon–Fri, dinner Mon–Wed)

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Days offered: Five-day session, Monday–Friday

Schedule: Barn open 9:00 – no curfew, instruction time 9:00–noon and 2:00–4:00. Exceptions: on the last day, instruction ends at noon, and checkout must be completed at the Water Street Studio by 3:00.