Resources for Baltic pick-up weaving

I wrote an article on Baltic pick-up for TinyStudio Creative Life Magazine, issue 14, February 2022. Here are some resources.

Pattern heddles 

Pattern heddle made by Judy Kavanagh
A 13 thread pattern heddle available in my Etsy shop

I make wooden heddles for 9, 11 and 13 pattern threads and Sámi style shuttles. They are available in my Etsy shop.

Stoorstålka in Sweden makes acrylic heddles and Sámi style shuttles. Their Sunna heddle is the one designed for Baltic pick-up. They make them for 5, 7, 7, 13 and 17 pattern threads.


Norwegian Pick-up Bandweaving by Heather Torgenrud – a fantastic book about history and technique with a lot of patterns to try

Lithuanian Sashes by Anastasia Tamošaitienė and Antanas Tamošaitis – Gorgeous photos of Lithuanian sashes and lots of history and traditions. Available from the Lithuanian Folk Art Institute in Toronto, Canada

Weaving Patterned Bands by Susan Foulkes – instructions for using a pattern heddle, more than 140 patterns with 5, 7 and 9 pattern threads 

Books by Susan Foulkes, available as a book or ebook on Blurb:

  • Sámi Band Weaving by Susan Foulkes – instructions for using a rigid heddle and some simple patterns. Available as an ebook or in print.
  • Weaving Sámi Bands with 11, 13, 15 and 17 threads but Susan Foulkes – instructions for using a rigid heddle or a pattern heddle some more complicated patterns. Available as an ebook or in print.
  • Woven Bands from Sweden by Susan Foulkes – lots and lots of motifs from Swedish apron bands. Available as an ebook or in print.

Moraband by Barbro Wallin – A book in Swedish about the bands from Mora.


Susan Foulkes has a lot of information on her web site and she has some excellent videos on YouTube under the user name Durham Weaver.

The group brandsandbands on has discussions about woven bands and lots of extra material in the files section.

The Norwegian site has some good patterns. Look in the section båndvev (bandweaving).

Information on weaving using a shed rod and string heddles from Laverne Waddington’s blog

Pinterest has a lot of patterns from Scandinavia, the Baltic states and Russia.