Another style of band that I weave are woven using tablets or cards. The tablets usually have 3-6 holes and the warp yarn is threaded through. Complex patterns can be woven by twisting or turning the cards in different directions. The end of the warp can be tied to a post, a table leg, and is woven backstrap style. The warp can also be wound onto a small loom that helps control the tension while weaving.
Narrow bands using tablets has been woven in Karelia and Finland since the early Iron Age. Many of the woven belts that I weave use these traditional Karelian patterns. I use hand dyed wool that I have dyed with natural plant colours to weave these belts and sashes.
Tablet woven bands and weaving yarns can be purchased through my Etsy Shop.
In Karelia and in other parts of Finland narrow belts and braids were woven using cards (or tablets) or small hand-held rigid heddle looms. The woven belts or braids were used for decoration for skirts, for decorative edgings on clothing, hat trims or as laces for boots and shoes.
Different regions in Finland had their own characteristic designs or colours.
These belts are handwoven with pure cotton, linen or wool yarns using traditional weaving methods. Wear them as a belt or use them as trim for clothing, handles and edgings for bags
Karelian style belts can be custom ordered in a selection of colours and designs. Prices start at £18.00 per meter. Please contact me if you would like to place a special order.