Intermediate Bandweaving



Thursday, November 10 - Sunday, November 13, 2022 (9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm)


Laura Demuth


This is an in-person class hosted at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa.


Woven bands of various types have a long history, serving to tie up socks or reinforce hems and cuffs. Decorative bands were used to swaddle and protect infants and pull closed various bags and bundles. While yardage for skirts, pants, and shirts was often woven in a solid color, bands were used to add color, interest, protection, and strength to garments.

This class will focus on a more advanced pick-up technique that requires a special rigid heddle called a spaltegrind in Norwegian. This technique allows the weaver to explore a wide range of patterns and colors. Students will learn all aspects of the weaving process, including preparing a warp, threading the spaltegrind, reading drafts, and design.


Level of Instruction:

Students must have taken either the online or in-person Pickup Bandweaving with a Bandgrind class or have comparable pickup band weaving experience.


A materials fee of $100 is payable to the instructor which includes:

  • Belt shuttle
  • Spaltegrind (special rigid heddle needed for this technique)
  • Warp and weft yarns
  • Band clamp
  • Belt

Students should also bring to class:

  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils


Enrollment Deadline: 

October 19, 2022


Learn more about instructor Laura Demuth here.


Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.

The Folk Art School greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact the Folk Art School, at or call 563-382-9681.

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