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Sami rigid heddle band weaving workshop - 1 to 1 Instruction

Yellow Sami Band

Duration: 6 hours

Price: £150

Book with: Paivi Suomi
at Paivatar Yarns

22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 8GJ

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About the Course

Learn how to weave narrow bands with Sami style pickup designs on a Beaivi double hole rigid heddle loom. You will be provided with a pre-warped double hole weaving reed (Beaivi Loom). You will learn to understand and interpret the weaving drafts. You will gain practice on how to weave the band and how to pickup and drop the warp threads to create patterns. This workshop is designed for the beginner band weaver.

A double hole rigid heddle is similar to the standard weaving reeds that have one set of holes and one set of slots. These carry the ground weave of the band. A second set of holes has been added above the first set of holes. The top row of holes carry the warp pattern threads and are usually a thicker weight of yarn and are a contrasting colour.

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 braid. This technique is similar to the Finnish style of Finnweave or double weave pickup.
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.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Course Fee, Beaivi Loom and Materials
Concessionary fee for Students: £125.00

A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. 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 Beaivi Loom and yarns required for the workshop. You will be able to take the Beaivi Loom 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.



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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly

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