Are you new to weaving? In this one-day, beginner-level workshop, you will learn the basics while weaving a band with a bandgrind (hole-and-slot band heddle), an ancient weaving tool used throughout Norway and other Scandinavian regions. You’ll weave on a simple backstrap loom just as weavers around the world have done for centuries. You will learn the entire weaving process: creating a warp, threading the bandgrind, weaving your band, and finishing it with a decorative fringe. A $25 materials fee, payable to the instructor, includes handouts, yarn for your band, and a complete backstrap loom for you to enjoy weaving more bands at home.
Keith Pierce lives in Lauderdale, Minnesota with a constantly varying number of his adult children and grandchildren. He is a member of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota and coordinates a band-weaving study group. A self-taught band weaver, Keith has studied ethnic band-weaving techniques from around the world, focusing on tablet weaving and Nordic/Baltic pick-up band weaving. He teaches band-weaving at the Weavers Guild and the American Swedish Institute. His work has been displayed at the Textile Center, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and Norway House in Minneapolis.