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. In addition to teaching band weaving and tablet weaving at Vesterheim’s Folk Art School, he has taught at the Weavers Guild, the American Swedish Institute, and Norway House in Minneapolis. His work has been displayed at the Textile Center, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and Norway House.