Beaivi Double Hole Reed
This is a Beaivi (Paivi) style of Sami weaving reed that was made by Stoorstalka in Sweden. Stoorstalka are well known for their modern version of Saami weaving reeds and tools. I asked them to make this design for me, when I saw a photo of a historic Saami band weaving reed made with 2 holes rather than the traditional one hole style.
The ground weave for the bands are threaded through the lower hole and the long slot.
The top row of holes is for the pattern warp yarns.
This type of tape loom offers more flexibility than some of the other Saami weaving reeds on the market, because you are not limited to 7, 9 or 11 slots. You can thread as many as you like, up to the maximum width of the heddle.
The reed measures:
Width: 18 cm (approx 7 inches)
Height: 12 cm (approx 5 inches)
No. Top Holes: 32
No. Bottom Holes: 32
No. Slots: 31
THIS LISTING IS FOR THE WEAVING REED ONLY. SHUTTLE OR INKLE LOOM NOT INCLUDED. SOME PHOTOS MAY SHOW EXAMPLES OF THE WEAVING REED IN USE.
To weave with this style of reed, I find it easiest to pickup the pattern threads by hand rather than using the Saami style of curved shuttle. A small, lightweight shuttle is included with the band weaving heddle.
You may weave with this type of weaving heddle either back strap style, or use an inkle loom or a small table loom if you prefer.
Saami style bands were traditionally woven with natural coloured background threads using either cotton or wool yarn. The Patterns threads were of dyed wool in Red, Blue, Yellow, Green and Black. I find it best to use a sock weight of wool as the pattern holes on this reed are quite small. I use the same or similar weight of yarn for the pattern threads (not twice the weight of the background as some band weaving instructions suggest.) Natural wool tends to fluff or expand slightly when the belt or band is worn so it appears to be thicker than the background cotton warp. I don’t recommend that you use wool yarn that has been blended with nylon as it tends to stretch, throwing off the tension on the warp.
I now supply some suitable hand dyed yarns for band weaving so please check my other listings.