Paivatar Yarn on Etsy
You may now purchase the Beaivi style of double hole rigid heddles and other band weaving supplies through my PaivatarYarn Etsy shop.
The Beaivi heddles were designed for me by Stoorstalka, based on a museum photo that I found online.
Band Weaving Yarns
I have had a bit of a difficult time trying to source yarns that are suitable for Sami style band weaving. So I decided to dye some of my own. The yarn is sourced locally in the UK and is spun from British Blue Faced Leicester wool which has a long staple and a natural sheen to the yarn.
Sami Shoe Bands
Shell Bands, Skallebånd, Vuoddagat, Paulanauhat
Sami patterned shoe bands were traditionally woven on a rigid heddle loom. The woven bands were worn wrapped around the ankles and their purpose was to fasten the reindeer leather boots to the feet and to protect the legs against the snow, similar to modern day gaitors.
These Sami shoe bands have been woven in the classical tradition using high quality worsted wool yarns imported from Sweden and Finland. All the shoe bands are woven with wool, not cotton yarns, as the wool provides insulation against the snow. The woven wool band will felt with use, making it thicker and more durable against the snow. The shoe bands can be hand washed in cool water and hung to dry. Please do not place them in a washing machine or dryer.
The woven section of the shoe band can be 2-3 meters in length, with an additional 2 meters that is braided or twined. The woven section is wrapped around the middle of the calf, down to the ankle. The braided section is used for tying the band to the ankle. The woven end of the shoe band is stitched with a piece of wool vadmal. The braided end is finished with a tassle.
The woven bands are approximately 1.5 inches or 3-4 cm in width.
The Sami shoe bands can be ordered in a choice of lengths. Measure around your foot by wrapping a tape measure around from your ankle to mid calf. The band should be long enough to cover your pant leg to keep the snow out.
The bands can be ordered in a variety of designs. The Sami often wore shoe bands with simple designs for everyday wear, and more intricately patterned shoe bands for special occasions.
Classic Blocks and Stripes
The Classic Blocks and Stripes designs are woven in your choice of traditional Sami colours.
(Red, White, Green, Blue, Yellow, Black)
Width: approx. 3.5 cm
Set of 2 shoe bands
2 meter length Shoe bands – £150.00
3 meter length Shoe bands – £200.00
All items are handmade and woven at the time of your order. A 50% non-refundable deposit (payable by Paypal) is required at the time of the order. This covers the yarn and materials costs, should you change your mind. The balance is due when the item is shipped.
Please allow 6-8 weeks for completion of your custom order.
I have recently had cancer surgery so it is taking me slightly longer to complete orders. Thank you for your understanding.