Bandvev: Scandinavian Weaving Video

I’ve discovered if you know other language names for the words “weave,” “weaving” or “loom” you’ll find the neatest stuff on the Internet. Take the word “bandvev” for example. It probably means something like “band loom” in Scandinavia. If you search Youtube with variations of the term, you’ll find some really interesting videos. There are a number on the Norsk Folkemuseum channel that document weavers and craftsmen and women from the 1950s. You can find warp-weighted weaving in particular, but I was entranced by this one that shows a number of different ways bands are woven: on a loom, with a rigid heddle, and with cards.

Wow! Wonder Weave Video is Over 100,000 Views!

It's amazing. A few years ago, we made a little video of a tiny loom I found in a thrift store. And because there are crazy crafters out there just like me, it's now numbering 107,000 views and counting.


For the record, I've made only a handful of items with this loom, but I do believe using it taught me the basics of weaving.

Weave-It rug loom video

The Weave-It Rug Loom is one of my favorite little looms. Awhile back, I was lucky enough to find this one at an antique store along with a plastic 4" Weave-It. The Rug Loom is a little bigger at 5" square and it has fewer pegs, but you wrap it exactly the same as the smaller loom. It was meant for using bulky, or a "rug" weight of yarn, and most of the patterns I've seen from the old booklets are for afghans or stuffed toys.
I like my Weave-It Rug Loom so much that I had to make a video. Hope you enjoy it!
Weave-It Rug Loom

First weaving: shawl


After finishing a small sample with my new 19″ Glimakra Emilia, I warped the entire width using Berroco Vintage. I used the direct warping method and the warping peg. Stretching from the back of my loom to the opposite side of my workspace gave me a 91″ warp–probably a little short for a shawl but an okay length for the likes of me. When I want a longer warp, I’ll have to move my loom into the dining room.


I used blues and browns, maybe finding some inspiration in the robin’s nest outside our door. Or maybe because I like blues and browns. (Pretty much everything I make is either blue or brown!)


The warping took about an hour and used up about 500 yards of yarn. I was a little worried, having only about 200 yards of blue left, and with good reason. By the time I ended the weaving, I only had about one yard of blue remaining. That’s cutting it close! Here’s a little video of the shawl coming off the loom:


I’m pleased with my first effort. My selvedges are okay for a first project, I think. I was going for a balanced weave, but when I measured a square inch here and there, I always came out with 10 warp strands to about 7 or 8 weft, so the shawl is a little heavier than I planned. I now know if I want a lighter shawl, I’ll need to use a little bit thinner yarn. It does drape nicely, though, and it’s warm.


Now, I need to think about finishing. I braided one side, but I don’t like it much, so I’m considering unbraiding them and just cutting it to about a 3″ fringe. I also want to hand wash it and press it to see what it looks like all finished. The beginning of a piece (warping, sleying, etc.) and the ending (braiding, washing, pressing) take as long as the weaving!



Wonder Weave Loom

I found a great small loom at a thrift shop–the Wonder Weave! It came with instructions, two books of patterns (copyright 1964), a needle, and a finished square someone attempted, maybe 40 years ago. The Wonder Weave makes 4″ squares or 2″x4″ oblongs. I’ve had it two days, and I’m only three squares shy of making that hat I wrote about last time.

I was so happy with my $6 find that my husband helped me make a video tutorial:


Wonder Weave Loom