Online workshop with the Braid Society October 2017

Weaving Patterned Bands from around the Baltic 

Free Online Workshop in October 2017

This workshop has now started but do feel free to join the Yahoo groups Braids and Bands and join in.  You do not have to register to follow the workshop.

My travels around the Baltic region have shown me the colourful heritage in many countries.

The workshop will be spread over three weeks and will be open to anyone who has joined the Yahoo group, Braids and Bands. All the patterns will have 13 pattern threads.

The first week will look at bands from Norway and Sweden and started October 15th 2017  The first week of the workshop  will cover the basics so if you have never tried this absorbing craft, here is the chance to learn.

The second week will cover Finland, Russia and Sámi weaving.

The third week will look at bands from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

There will be a final fourth week for Braid Society members with additional complex patterns.

The equipment list is available to download from the Braids and Bands Yahoo group on the Yahoo group site. The inkle loom OR a standard heddle OR the double slotted heddle can be used.

During the workshop there will be handouts to download.  I will answer queries about band weaving during the workshop on the Yahoo Braids and Bands site.

I have just returned from a trip around the Baltic which took in the Weave Fair at Vaxjo, Sweden. To accompany the workshop, I will be sharing with you some of the wonderful textiles that I saw. My latest blog for October is about the Weave Fair. Subsequent blogs will look at Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.  It was an amazing trip.

Susan J Foulkes

To join the Yahoo Braids and Bands group go to:

Braids and Bands is a discussion group moderated by the Braid Society and primarily exists to provide members with information about Braid Society activities. Non-members of the Society with a genuine interest in braids and bands are also welcome to join this group.

Members can ask questions about any narrow ware technique, or share details of their latest project. The presentation on the web site gives step by step guidance for joining and using the Braids and Bands Yahoo group.

A lovely meander pattern from Norway which is also found in other countries. 


  1. Susan, I am excited to take your class in October. Having only used an inkle loom with string heddles I will need to get a sunna heddle and the curved shuttle. I am wondering if I should order those now or wait until the equipment list is posted? I live in the U.S.. thank you for your willingness to share. Sandy

  2. Very excited for your upcoming class. I too have an inkle loom. Thank you for sharing, and teaching. Ellen

  3. how do you sign up for this class

    1. Hi
      The workshop will run on the Yahoo group Braids and Bands. The instructions on how to join the group ( which is free to join) are on the Braid Society web site at
      You can also join the Braid Society which has an excellent journa, due out in October.

  4. Hi Susan
    Is it possible to get the colors needed? if I wish to make it like the original bands as I understand you will be doing.
    The thing is, I am going abroad for a month bringing my loom so I can join the workshop.but I need to pack some yarn before leaving this up coming Sunday.
    Looking so much forward to attend.
    Best regards Linnea

    1. Hi Linnea

      I am uploading a list of the yarns that I used to weave the bands for the three weeks onto the Braids and Bands yahoo group. If you are a beginner, do use cotton. You may want to treat the patterns as a learning exercise and so your warp can be a sample of the different patterns. This means that you only need one warp for the three weeks. You can then choose which pattern you would like to weave using more traditional threads later.
      Susan J Foulkes


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