I‘m delighted that my new book, Norwegian Pick-up Bandweaving (Schiffer Publishing, 2014), will soon be available online and in bookstores. It’s a unique book—including both cultural history and instructions for weaving—and it’s chock-full of photos, drawings, and more than 100 charts of patterns from bands in museum collections.
Quote from the book jacket
Laurann Gilbertson, Chief Curator of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, wrote:
Bands are small in size, but they are large in function, history, and folklore. Heather Torgenrud offers a comprehensive and detailed look at pick-up woven bands in rural Norway from the late 1600s to today. She shares the fascinating variety of uses for the bands, worn from head (as hair ribbons) to almost-toe (as sock garters), wrapped around babies, tied around special gifts of food, and given as tokens of affection. She also offers clear instructions and more than 100 charts for weaving bands with the beautiful patterns found on old bands in museum collections. I am grateful to Heather for bringing our bands to you along with their interesting history and rich cultural context. Heather’s meticulous research and accessible writing style, and the inviting photographs, make this book a treasure.
Whether you’re a weaver, or someone interested in Norwegian folk art, costumes, textiles, and rural traditions, you’ll find something of interest in these pages. I hope you’ll take a look.
Hello Heather ,
I bought your book on Friday and wove the plain band yesterday. I absolutely love your book. In 1970, my Tante Margot gave me the book Vi Vever Bands and I could not figure out how to make them. There is mention in your book that you can use an Inkle loom. I am interested in using my band heddle on an Inkle loom. If you have done that, do you have any hints on how to do that successfully?
I am enjoying band weaving so much that I want to do a Type 2 band ASAP!
Knit Nordic Yarns
I’m so glad you like the book and thanks for writing! I love to weave Type 2 bands on either the inkle loom or the regular band heddle using the finger method of making pick-ups as explained on pages 127-132 of the book. I have never used a band heddle on an inkle loom. For me, both tools are fun and easy to use when used on their own and I have never felt the need to combine them. Let me know if this doesn’t answer your question.