Sagas & Fluff

Discover the multitude of weaves that focus on weft

Instructor: Becky Ashenden

Dates offered 2018: Nov 26–30

Learn new techniques with Becky in this special new class and discover the multitude of weaves that focus on weft. Experience first-hand the amazing variety of textiles—fluffy or flat, drapey or dense—that can sometimes even be woven on the same warp. Come away with beautiful new weavings destined for rugs, bags, hangings, yardage, upholstery, or your other favorite project.

The Techniques

Master the mystery behind the famous Swedish gubbatäcke. This six-shaft weave will keep you endlessly entertained as you create your own "saga" behind the motifs.

Corduroy makes a wonderful alternative to the sheepskin backing on coverlets. Here is your chance to learn how to weave your own fluffy backing.

Rosepath, bound rosepath, krokbragd, and dubbel krokbragd can amazingly be done all on the same warp with the same threading. Combining all four of these techniques in one piece will mystify your weaving comrades.

Weft-faced ticking in linen or wool makes an elegant and durable upholstery fabric. Becky learned this weaving technique in her initial class in Sweden in 1981, but this is the first time she has presented it to one of her own classes at Vävstuga.

Weft-faced plain weave can create lovely drapey fabric for clothing when the right sett is used. What a joy to weave, being so simple, yet visually complex.

Seeing the color deepen as you cut the pile of your first flossa and rya knots is magic. Tying these knots on the warp quickly becomes addictive once your hands try it out.

Dubbelbindning is a double-faced block weave that can make some of the most beautiful rugs, whether the weft is rags or wool.

Theory Sessions

Design classes focus on color proportions, shapes and motifs using paper, scissors, glue, markers, and paints. Sitting around the table in a group getting to see what everyone else is doing is one of the most enlightening and inspiring ways to find your own design sense. Each student will come away from the class with several new designs, some of which will be used for their projects during the week.

Drafting classes provide tools to help you understand the variety of weave structures used during the week. The better understanding you have of each weave structure, the more freedom you have to weave it.

sagas project

gubbatäcke chickens

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gubbatäcke lighthouses

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corduroy

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3- and 4-shaft rosepath

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rosepath & krokbragd

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bound rosepath

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rya & flossa

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dubbelbindning in wool

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designing with paints

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stripe proportioning

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rya design

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dubbelbindning design

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weft-faced plain weave

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weft-faced plain weave

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dubbelbindning with rags

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striped ticking

Location: Water Street Studio

Prerequisites: none

Max enrollment: 8

Course fee: $850 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch Mon–Fri)

Materials fee: $95

Registration: A deposit of $50 per day is required for all sessions and is non-refundable; see our cancellation policy.

Room & board: $450 (includes lodging Sun–Thu evenings, breakfast Mon–Fri, dinner Mon–Thu)

Days offered: Five-day session, Monday–Friday

Schedule: Studio open 8:30–6:00, instruction time 9:00–noon and 2:00–5:00. Exceptions: on Friday, instruction ends at noon, checkout must be completed before 5:00, and the studio closes promptly at 5:00.