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Sami rigid heddle band weaving workshop - 1 to 1 Instruction

Sigga Heddle Band Weaving

About the Course

Learn how to weave pickup designs on a Saami rigid heddle band loom. This workshop will provide an introduction to 3 styles of Sami band looms made by Stoorstalka - The Sigga heddle, the Sunna heddle and the Beaivi heddle.
The 3 styles of heddles will be pre-warped and ready for you to weave.

Please note:
Since I recently had cancer and my immune system is compromised, I am suspending workshops until the current Corona Virus outbreak has settled. If you have contacted me regarding workshops, I will keep you informed of when I will be offering workshops again. Your understanding in this is appreciated.

Sigga Heddle
The Sigga heddle was designed to weave Lule styles of Sami bands. The Sigga has short pattern slots in the centre of the reed that allow the pattern threads to float in the centre of the shed, allowing for easy pattern pickup.

Sunna Heddle
The Sunna heddle is designed to weave Baltic styles of bands, where the background weave produces a basket weave style of background, with pattern floats on top.
Beaivi Heddle
The Beaivi heddle has 2 sets of holes that allows for pattern pickup to be done across the width of the band.
Weaving the pattern creates a mirror image on the reverse of the band. As you weave the band, the pattern threads are lifted to the surface of the band or dropped to run below the surface, creating the patterns. The pattern will be in reverse on the back side of the band. This technique is similar to the Finnish style of Finnweave or double weave pickup.

Course Length: 6 hours
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course Fee, Beaivi Loom and Materials: £125.00

Student Rate: £100.00

Stoorstalka heddles will be available for purchase at the workshop.

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.
Please Note:
Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer several months ago, I have had to reduce the number of workshops that I can provide per month. I am doing better health wise now, but have to be careful not to take on too much at once.
I have a waiting list of those who have enquired about workshops. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.

I usually schedule workshops for Mondays or Tuesdays. If you are only available on the weekend, please let me know and I will try to arrange a suitable time for you.

Please provide contact information - email address and mobile telephone number if possible so that I can contact you regarding workshop details.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Course Fee £125.00
Materials £10.00
Concessionary fee for Students: £100.00

Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.

The Materials fee covers the cost of the pre-warped Looms and yarns required for the workshop. You will be able to purchase a Stoorstalka heddle at the end of the workshop to take home with you.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I prefer to teach one-to-one workshops so that I can provide individual instruction.


Paivi Suomi at Paivatar Yarns
22 Ferry Drive
West Sussex
PO19 8GJ
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  • Suitable for beginners
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Next available date

26th October 2020

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