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.
UK: London STOP PRESS!
Here is a new outlet for the Sunna heddle including the Sunna 5 kit. They sell rigid heddles, inkle looms and yarn in very useful small amounts.Their shop is an Aladdin's cave. Well worth browsing the online shop or better still visit their beautiful shop in London. https://www.handweavers.co.uk/
|Handweavers Studio London.|
An ideal Christmas present.An ideal Christmas present is the Sunna 5 kit. What a wonderful gift for someone interested in trying a new craft. The kit contains everything that is needed to start weaving. The heddle is ready warped and the shuttle is wound with thread. There is a backstrap band and a clip for weaving. Three patterns are given.
Why not treat a friend this Christmas.
|The Sunna 5 Kit: everything you need to start to learn this wonderful craft.|
Weaving with the Sunna 5 heddle.
Here is a pattern for you to try with the Sunna 5 heddle. 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.
Here is the pattern draft for the simple pattern in white on a green background.
There are 40 picks for the pattern repeat but it is very easy to learn. Remember that on the odd numbered picks the heddle should be raised and the even numbered picks the heddle should be lowered.
The white pattern threads are twice the thickness of green background threads. The weft is green.
|Top side of woven band|
|Reverse side of woven band|
Both sides of the band have lovely patterns.
Threading the Sunna 5 heddle.
|Threading for Sunna 5 double slotted heddle|
To help beginners learn to weave, there are two useful videos 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
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.|
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 you raise the heddle, the centre pattern thread numbered 3 (and pattern threads 1 and 5) will appear on the surface. If you look carefully at the pattern draft you will see that some squares have small dots. This indicates the pattern threads that will appear on the surface when you raise or lower the heddle. 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. See my YouTube video: Weaving narrow warp faced bands.
Susan J Foulkes November 2017
|A close up of the Sunna double slotted heddle with 5 pattern slots.|
Stoorstålka sell rigid heddles and shuttles for weaving narrow bands. They ship items worldwide. They supply double slotted heddles (the Sunna heddles) and double holed heddles (the Beavi heddle) as well as standard heddles with long slots and holes. Their web site is https://shop.stoorstalka.com/en/start.html
If you are in the USA, Canada, Australia or Japan, Stoorstålka have a dedicated web site at
For Norway go to https://no.stoorstalka.com/nb/