Pick-Up Bandweaving with a Bandgrind (Online)


The woven band played an important role in traditional Norwegian clothing. Bands were used to close or support clothing in ways that we now use buttons, zippers, snaps, or velcro. They also added beauty and interest to an item of clothing while identifying a person as coming from a particular area of Norway. Today, bands can be used as bookmarks, belts, lanyards, bag closures, and handles. In this class we will focus on a pick-up technique using a bandgrind, or band heddle. Students will be provided with all the equipment and materials needed to weave a sample band, including a bandgrind, shuttle, clamp, belt, and yarn. Band weaving is a good introduction to weaving, and students of all skill levels are welcome.



Three live Zoom sessions, as well as time in between, spent working on your weaving.  Please note: The bulk of the weaving will happen between class sessions; please plan to spend 1-2 hours between each class session working on your project.)

    • Monday, June 6, from 10:00-11:30 am CT
    • Monday, June 6, from 3:00-4:30 pm CT
    • Tuesday, June 7, from Noon-1:00 pm CT


This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 


Students will need to provide a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact folkartschool@vesterheim.org when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Special Instructions: 

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.

Enrollment Deadline:

 May 20, 2022


About the Instructor:

Laura Demuth has been a weaver for over 30 years and enjoys all aspects of fiber production, from raising the sheep to taking a finished piece off the loom. Because she lives on a small acreage just seven miles northeast of Decorah, Vesterheim has been a continual source of education and inspiration throughout her weaving career. Laura has focused on traditional weaving structures and techniques and is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist. She has taught classes in traditional Scandinavian weave structures at Vesterheim and John C. Campbell Folk School.

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