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 can be purchased through my Etsy Shop.
Hand woven bands have many uses. They can be used as belts, straps for carrying bags, lanyards, guitar straps or anything that needs to be tied. A specially woven band is lovely when sewn or stitched onto a hand woven or knitted article. Coco Chanel’s signature jackets were made famous because of the unique hand woven trims.
These woven ribbons have been made using a traditional Scandinavian band loom. The bands can be custom ordered in any width or length or colour. The cotton bands are made with organically grown cotton, and are available in 42 colours.
Hand Woven Cotton Belts
The woven bands also make lovely belts. These are woven using organic cotton, and trimmed with reindeer leather.
When I weave bands I often have short pieces left over. I don’t like to waste what I’ve woven so I make these woven bands into bookmarks.
I trim one end of the bookmark with a small scrap of reindeer leather. The other end of the bookmark has a fringe finish.
Hand Woven Key Fob Wristlets
The hand woven bands also make great key fobs or wrist straps.
I weave many sample bands – some of these turn into key fobs.