Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving

Sami Pickup Woven Band

Learn how to weave pickup designs on a Saami 2 hole rigid heddle loom. You will be provided with a pre-warped double hole weaving reed (Beaivi Loom) You will learn to understand and interpret the weaving drafts. You will gain practice on how to weave the band and how to pickup and drop the warp threads to create patterns. This workshop is designed for the beginner braid weaver.


A double hole rigid heddle is similar to the standard weaving reeds that have one set of holes and one set of slots. These carry the ground weave of the band. A second set of holes has been added above the first set of holes. The top row of holes carry the warp pattern threads and are usually a thicker weight of yarn and are a contrasting colour.
As you weave the band, the pattern threads are lifted to the surface of the band or dropped to run below the surface, creating the patterns. The pattern will be in reverse on the back side of the band. This technique is similar to the Finnish style of Finnweave or double weave pickup.

Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving Workshop
Course Length: 6 hours
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course Fee, Beaivi Loom and Materials: £150.00

Student Rate: £125.00

A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
You will be provided with a pre-warped Beaivi Loom and sufficient weft yarn to complete a 3 meter band. You will be able to take the Beaivi Loom home with you.

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to book a workshop.

Saami Band Weaving Workshops

Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving Learn the basics of how to weave pickup using a Beaivi double hole rigid heddle loom.
Warp a Beaivi Loom Workshop Learn how to warp a Beaivi loom and how to weave pickup patterns.

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Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ
Mobile: 075 4027 7705