I spent 2 months weaving myself fabrics for my folk skirt and vest. I was slow but I learned a lot in the process.
I got my first floor loom as a birthday present in December and wove a nice check patterned scarf for my first project.
The last part of my Finnish Iron Age costume is the peplos dress. It took me 6 months to construct the whole thing. Now it comes together!
I have spent six months learning tablet weaving and here are some tips that I want to share with beginners struggling with their first bands.
I designed a stripy folk fabric and Susanna, the owner of Kultavilla the weaving mill wove it. Now I have the folk skirt of my dreams!
I wove myself some Finnish Iron Age legwraps.
My mother says that even her grandmother used to weave fabrics for simple garments when she was younger. Handweaving used to be a skill that most women knew and valued. I haven’t ever woven fabric for garments, just pirtanauha-bands, and one table runner a long time ago. But the more I have studied Finnish folk costumes and textiles, the more I have come to love the simple stripy patterns that still have lots of variability in them. In fact, there is one thing that the canonized National costumes lack and that is the creativity in fabrics. In the 18th and 19th century, weavers could decide what patterns and colours pleased…
I learned how to weave with a backstrap rigid heddle to make traditional belts for my Karelian folk costume.