Pick-up belt weaving */**
Teacher: Maret Lehis
Maret Lehis has graduated from the native handicraft department of the Tallinn Light Garment Technology School and received her Master’s degree on heritage technology from the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy with her thesis on pot-caps and hoof-shaped caps.
The company that Maret manages mainly deals in making ethnographic headgear and belts. Maret has conducted workshops on textile weaving, pick-up belts, and preparing various types of headgear; she has also curated numerous thematic exhibitions about folk costumes.
The belt has always been a very important detail in folk costumes. Women’s pick-up woven belts, the geometric weave pattern of which is created by picking up pattern yarns by rows, has been particularly beloved in Estonian native textile art. These rich geometrical patterns have been adapted for use on carpets, gloves, and even carved on beer mugs.
In this workshop, a simple pick-up woven belt pattern is selected, the belt is set up, and the main techniques of pick-up belt weaving are learned. This time, participants can weave belts in two different ways:
- on the inkle looms, pre-warped and ready for weaving - participants will make a sample of a pick-up woven belt;
- in the traditional way as a closed warp circle - in this case, the participant can keep the tools and can continue weaving until the belt is complete.
The weaving method and belt length preference will be specified with the approval of the timetable after registration. Those wishing to weave a long belt can choose the pattern that they like.
Participants with previous weaving experience can, if they wish, start weaving the belt from scratch, beginning with winding the warp.
The participation fee includes linen and woollen yarns (warp and weft). Tools for personal use can be purchased for an additional fee at the course. This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediates..