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  • April 2017

     Lots of Spring Fun Awaits!

    maypole1May Day!  May Day! 

    May Day Sale!

    It’s time to plan your Spring and Summer weaving!

     20% off yarn orders placed online at store.vavstuga.com

    (in stock yarns only)

    with gratitude for your business and friendship!

    Sale begins at midnight, April 29th

    and ends at midnight, May 1st

    Please note – orders will be processed on May 1st and May 2nd in the order in which they were received.

     

    Barn Benefit Festival

    becky-john-wedding_333-mKeep this delightful event on your calendars! Saturday – June 10, 2017 – NOON until THE WEE HOURS!

    An all day event featuring weaving, spinning, dyeing, music, food, and a weaving and folk bazaar not to be missed, including used looms, reeds, and other fabulous items! All at our pastoral Farmhouse setting and to benefit Fabric of Life 501(c)3.

    Display at People’s United Bank

    People's United Band Vävstuga display

    People’s United Band Vävstuga display

    Bankers learning to weave

    Bankers learning to weave

     

    If you’re local, come see our beautiful big display of weaving filling the lobby at People’s United Bank here in Shelburne Falls. The bank staff had a blast learning to weave on our little 60cm Öxabäck Lilla loom, and anyone else is welcome to try it out as well.

    New and improved Project Planning page on our Web Store

    We have added even more helpful information to our website on our Project Planning Tools page: the Vävstuga Sett Charts and Project Sheets!  In an easy to print format, our Sett Charts let you know what reeds we use to make our fabrics here at Vävstuga on our looms. Our blank Project Sheets, used in all of our classes, are also available for your planning and record keeping.

    Updated MiniMovies page

    Becky and our webmaster extraordinaire, lydia, have been busy updating the MiniMovies page on our website. If you click on the upper left corner of any of the video categories you get to choose from a list of movies. We are especially pleased to have found our old silent footage from 2005 in Becky’s original studio. Not great quality, but historic, fun, and informative. Enjoy!

    Space in May 15-19 Drawloom Basics class

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    Feeling spontaneous? A spot has opened up in the Drawloom Basics class May 15-19th.

    This rare opportunity to learn drawloom weaving can open up an exhilarating world of pattern possibilities!

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    We hope to see you in 2017!

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

     

     

     

     

    March 2017

    Adventures in Sweden!

    Becky and Leni just returned home from a delightful and productive trip to Sweden where they visited with many of our valued colleagues, suppliers, and dear friends.

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    Becky, Birgitta och Greta

    During this special visit, Becky was able to reconnect with Greta Johansson, who was the headmaster at Sätergläntan weaving school  for 15 years during the 80’s and 90s, and with Birgitta Thuresson, who showed Becky Sätergläntan for the first time in 1980.

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    “Fika” with Greta

     

    Greta served an elegant “fika” (Swedish coffee-time), followed by a delicious dinner, and was enthusiastic to hear and see pictures of Vävstuga in the USA, all at the age of 89!

     

     

     

     

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    Greta’s handspun linen damask

     

    Becky was able to thank Greta in person for the inspiration to create her own weaving school, and showed brochures of Vävstuga through many years, as well as the most recent Vävstuga Press publication, Heirlooms of Skåne.


    Greta also showed them a beautiful hand spun damask tablecloth in linen. So inspiring!

     

    On this video on our youtube site, you can watch Becky and Greta having a lovely conversation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2017_0308AI copyBecky and Leni very much enjoyed their most recent tour of the Glimåkra Sweden factory and their meetings with Bengt, Jan-Olof, and the rest of the wonderful staff there.

      

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    Thomas, Becky, Ann-Kristin

    They also had a wonderful visit with Thomas and Ann-Kristin of Texsolv. Becky and Leni were very impressed by the newest texsolv product – a large-scale cord strong enough for industrial applications. We hope it catches on in the US! You can see a glimpse of it around a log in the picture behind Ann-Kristin.

     

     

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    Becky och Karin

     

    Finally, Becky was so happy to reconnect and visit with Karin Myrehed – maker of Myrehed drawloom attachments – and to share their mutual passion for playing Swedish fiddle music.

    Check out the video of them playing together on our youtube site!

     

     

     

     

    All in all, a wonderful trip that reflects Becky’s deep and authentic connection to the people and weaving traditions of Sweden and her commitment to carrying on that tradition and sharing the joy via Vävstuga!

    New Book Available in our store

    The Gartner Manuscript is now available on our webstore! th-book-valkgartne

    Professional weaver Franz Xavier Gartner came to America from Germany in 1832 and brought this book of his father’s patterns with him. It was found after being   stored and forgotten for 90 years.

    The collection of block patterns for weaving is a gold mine for those who enjoy weaving the innumerable structures that use blocks,  including rep, overshot, double weave, twill blocks, lace weaves, jämtlandsdräll (crackle), and M’s and O’s, just to name a few.

     

     

     

     

    Upcoming Classes:

    The Swedish Kitchen class

    kitchen-magenta-550Just one space left in the May 23-26 Swedish Kitchen class. An opportunity to weave and sew an apron with bands and pockets and  more, a table square, runner, dish towels, potholders, napkins, place mats. You can create an array of beautiful items for your kitchen and all in your own colors!

      Basket Weaving class      carry-all-basket

    Sign up for the one-day Basket Weaving Workshop at Vävstuga! Details are online.

    Spend a wonderful day, Saturday, July 8th, with award-winning basket maker, Wendy Jensen.

     

     

    New Treasures Project

    rep-rug-2017y  Becky has designed a new Rep Rug Treasures project that is just fantastic!  rep placemats

    We might have a 2- or 4-day slot for the Rep Rug during this April’s Treasures session. Also available September, October, and November Treasures!

    Due to demand we have added an additional warp for the Blue & White Rep Placemats Treasures project!

    Check the Treasures class projects page for available dates.

     

     New Favorites Projects coming soon!

    Due to popular demand, and Becky’s endless creativity, we are adding new Favorites projects that will be posted soon. Check out the class web page for the new, nearly no end of, napkins! Stay-tuned for our next monthly Newsletter for more Rep projects that will be available in our Vävstuga Favorites class too! Lots of opportunities to weave Rep at Vävstuga!

    More Swedish Classic pictures on Facebook

    IMG_1376-001 Finally – visit (and like) our Facebook page to see pictures from the recent More Swedish Classics class. Some wonderful projects were woven and a good time was had by those who joined us for this class!

     

     

     

     

     

    We hope to see you in 2017!

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

     

     

     

     

    February 2017

    New Products available!

    16/2 Cotton Yarn-in-a-Jar

    yarn-jar-cot-16-2_300x300  Our Yarn-in-a-Jar design tool is now offered in the 16/2 Cotton. This invaluable tool gives you the opportunity to arrange the colors in endless combinations without having to buy a whole skein of each one or fuss with glued down snippets on a sample card.

    These precious nuggets of color, with enough quantity of yarn for designing, can be stored safely in your beautifully labeled jar and dumped into a basket or on a table to mix and match at your leisure.

    We now have Yarn-in-a-Jars for all of our Wool yarns, our 22/2 Cottolin, our 8/2 Cotton and our  16/2 Cotton yarns. Linen yarns will be coming soon – stay tuned!

     

    Väv Calendars

    2017 Calendar

    book-vavcal17_300x30012 months and 12 patterns, all with lovely pictures. 7 of the projects are from the book Favourite Rag Rugs, which is sold out. 5 of the projects have been published in VÄV. We have a few in English and the rest in Swedish with an English supplement.

    2013-2016 Calendar Set

    book-vavcal13-16_300x300This set of 4 calendars includes 48 beautiful projects in all. Curtains, furnishings, rugs, towels, runners, and more. All inspired by Swedish nature and the change of seasons. The 2015 calendar is in Swedish with an English supplement; all others are in English.

    With so many projects included, these calendars are equivalent to the loveliest of Swedish weaving books.

     

    Texsolv on tubes

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    Texsolv cord is the invention that has revolutionized the way people tie up their looms the whole world over.

    You may still order both regular and heavy texsolv cord  by the meter, which we are happy to cut for you. For those of you wanting a larger quantity we also offer it on rolls in both sizes: Regular (on 20m and 50m tubes) and Heavy on a 28m tube.

     

     

    Spaces available in the following classes:

    More Swedish Classics – Feeling Spontaneous? There are 2 spaces open February 27-March 3

    REP, BANDS, MYGTJÄLL, SMÅLANDSVÄV, 3-SHAFT TICKING, JÄMTLANDSDRÄLL!  We may not be offering the More Swedish Classics class in 2018 in order to make room for other classes, so join us now if you can.

    Drawloom Basics – 1 space available in each class week: May 8-12 and May 15-19

    The Drawloom Basics class gives students the opportunity to weave damask on a single unit drawloom, damask and opphämta on shaft drawlooms, damask using pattern-saving lashes, and smålandsväv. Students also will have access to our drawloom library for further inspiration!

    Weave for the Swedish Kitchen – 1 space available May 23-26

    Imagine the joy of weaving an apron with tubular handwoven apron strings to match your tablecloth and napkins in our Weave for the Swedish Kitchen class. Play with colors and learn a variety of new techniques while you make an impressive pile of beautiful things for your kitchen.

     Fiber Frolic – July 3-7

    The Fiber Frolic class is for ages 10-Adult! Come and enjoy a week of weaving on floor looms, band looms, and even on a replica of a Viking loom, as well as doing some natural dyeing and wool spinning, all in a beautiful, rural environment. This is a perfect week to share with a child or grandchild and for weavers of all ages to enjoy a fun and playful week of weaving.

    Special Guest Teacher Classes in 2017 – plan ahead!

    Beginning Tapestry with Janet Austin – June 28-30

    tapestry-sample-230wJanet Austin has taught weaving and spinning classes since 1975 and her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. We are thrilled to welcome Janet as a teacher at Vävstuga!

    In her Beginning Tapestry class, you will learn to weave basic shapes in tapestry, and some more advanced techniques such as outlining and interlocks. She will also cover topics such as which looms and yarns are best for tapestry weaving and a short presentation about designing for tapestry. No prior experience is necessary.

     

    Basket Weaving with Wendy Jensen – Saturday, July 8

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    This class is so new that we don’t even know yet which basket Wendy will be teaching! But we wanted to give you a heads up to save Saturday, July 8th. We are so excited to have Wendy join us for this summertime Saturday class!

    You can see examples of her beautiful basketry on her website gallery.

     

     

    Scandinavian Knitting with Beth Brown-Reinsel – November 1-3

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    Even though this class is in the fall, we wanted to give you plenty of notice for this amazing teacher’s class!

    We are delighted to welcome Beth Brown-Reinsel back to Vävstuga for another Scandinavian Knitting class. In this three-day workshop you’ll learn the techniques to make a Norwegian Fana sweater using our beautiful Swedish Åsborya yarns.

     

    We hope to see you in 2017!

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    January 2017

    Happy New Year!

    Two weaving books are back in stock

    book-bengsimple_216x300th-book-johadamastWe are delighted to let you know that the book Simple Weaves: Over 30 Classic Patterns and Fresh New Styles is back in stock on our web store. Projects include towels, place mats, throws, rugs, pillows, and curtains in a wide variety of structures.

    Also back in stock is the booklet Damast which contains 23 different project ideas in damask for your drawloom, has beautiful color photos, and comes with an English language supplement.

     

     

    Vävstuga Favorites – New twist – No prerequisite on “easy” projects

    Good news for us – Our Vävstuga Basics classes are fully subscribed for 2017 (wait lists available).
    Good news for you – Our Vävstuga Favorites class now has openings for first timers to Vävstuga. Even if you have never taken a class with us before, anything on the class page labeled “Easy” is yours for the choosing. You’ll get to learn how to dress your loom the Vävstuga way and have the opportunity to learn some drafting and other tips from Becky, as well as be inspired by the lovely projects being woven by your classmates. Please encourage your friends who were hoping to take Basics this year, but did not get in, to consider this class alternative.

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    For our Basics Alumni – check out our new Vävstuga Favorites Curtains page! Those of you who have been to Vävstuga know that all our windows have beautiful, handwoven curtains. We’re excited to offer these new project options to your Favorites choices so you can bring this tradition to your own home! Here is just a sampling of pictures, with more on the curtains page:

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    Vävstuga Treasures – New projects & delicious meals

    For our Basics alumni we also have several new, beautiful projects to entice you to come and join us for a Vävstuga Treasures session in 2017. Click on the projects link on the class page to view all our selections.

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    Rep Placemats on 6 shafts

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Also new this year:

    Treasures sessions are happening at the same time as some of our regular weekly classes, so you may now register for our full room & board or, for day students, our wonderful meals at the daily rates during your Treasures session.

    Drawloom Treasures – New projectopphamta-tablecloth-21-pattern-shafts-web

    For our Drawloom Basics alumni we offer a new Drawloom & Linen Treasures project, too!  Come and weave a gorgeous Lithuanian Opphämta (Shaft Draw Opphämta on 21 Pattern Shafts) with Monksbelt.
     

    More Swedish Classics – 2 spaces open February 27-March 3

    REP, BANDS, MYGTJÄLL, SMÅLANDSVÄV, 3-SHAFT TICKING, JÄMTLANDSDRÄLL!  We may not be offering the More Swedish Classics class in 2018 in order to make room for other classes, so join us now if you can.

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    Swedish Classics – possible addition

    If Swedish Classics is high on your wish list, do let us know. We may be able to add another week of this class this year, April 17-21, if enough folks want to take it.

    We hope to see you in 2017!

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    December 2016

    HOLIDAY HOURS

    We will be closed for two weeks this December in order to complete our end-of-year physical inventory and to enjoy the holidays with our families. We thank you for your business in 2016 and wish you a wonderful time with family and friends, as well!

    Closing Friday, December 16th at 3pm

    Order Processing will resume on Monday, January 2, 2017

    Store/phone hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017


    New Rag Rug Book now in stock!

    Kankaankutojan Mattokirja is a beautiful new rag rug book from Finland! Filled with 128 pages of 4, 6, and 8 shaft projects designed with fresh and contemporary colors and a wide array of structures to inspire your rag rug weaving. The drafts are easy to follow and the pictures are lovely. We found Google Translate very helpful in being able to read the text.

    2017 Class Openings for Basics Alumni

    We have a few spaces available in our More Swedish Classics class, February 27-March 3, 2017.

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    Our Swedish Classics class, April 10-14 is full but, if there is enough interest, we might add a second week April 17-21.

    2017 Scholarships Available for Väv Immersion Program – September 5 – December 17

    Early Application Deadline: March 1st 2017 (acceptance decisions made by April 1st)
    Regular Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017 (acceptance decisions made on a rolling basis as space is available). Application forms are available on our website.
    SCHOLARSHIPS:

    We are excited to announce that we have once again received a generous grant from the Ddora Foundation for Väv Immersion participants ages 18-35, expanding the scholarship fund for this intensive 15-week program! The Ddora Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to benefit endeavors in the fine and applied arts, cultural preservation, and education. We are grateful for their ongoing support of this exciting program!

    Happy Holidays!

    We hope to see you in the new year!

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    November 2016

    thanksgiving borderThanksgiving Sale!

    20% off yarn orders placed online

    with gratitude for your business and friendship!

    Sale begins at midnight, November 23rd and ends at midnight November 30th

    (in stock yarns only)

    Place your orders at store.vavstuga.com
    Please note – We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday, November 23rd – Sunday, November 27th

    Order processing will resume on Monday, November 28th and sales will be processed in the order in which they were received.

    Regular phone hours, Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm, will resume Tuesday, November 29th.

    Thank you for your patience as we enjoy the holiday with our families!


    Fine Reeds

    We are also offering a special discount on the following fine dent Glimakra SS reeds:

    75/10, 85/10, and 95/10 (approximate dpi = 18.75, 21.25, and 23.75)

    PRICES per REED LENGTH (plus shipping):

    70cm = $55.00, 100cm = $80.00, 120cm = $90.00, 150cm = $100.00

    Only one or two of each size is available, so don’t hesitate or they’ll be gone! Discount lasts until all are sold. To order these special reeds please call the office at 413-625-8241 during our regular store hours, Tuesday-Friday, 9am-3pm. Thank you!

    2017 Väv Immersion Program

    Applications are now online!

    We have been receiving considerable interest in our 15-week Väv Immersion Program which starts September 2017. Don’t miss the opportunity to be included in our first round of acceptances! Submit your online application form.

    Early Application Deadline: March 1, 2017 (acceptance decisions made by April 1st)

    Regular Application Deadline: May 15, 2017 (acceptance decisions made on a rolling basis as space is available)

    Students between the ages of 18–35 are welcome to apply for scholarship and work exchange opportunities.

    Winter Holiday Hours

    So that you can plan ahead, we want to let you know about our upcoming end-of-year break for inventory and to celebrate the winter holidays.

    We will be closed from 3pm on Friday, December 16th until our regular office hours resume at 9am on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

    We look forward to your visits

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    October News

    Tonya Jones

    From apprentice adventures to Vävstuga staff member

    FullSizeRender-002We celebrated our most recent apprentice, Tonya Jones, with a belated, but delectable, gathering featuring a display of her prolific weaving over the prior 6 months. Now that she is on staff, managing our shipping and helping in the studio, we will all be able to enjoy her future weaving pursuits and great customer service.

     

    You may have seen pictures of Tonya’s work on our Facebook page.  You can also follow Tonya on her Facebook page, Tonya’s Wovens!

     

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    Be sure to click on this last photo to see the many projects Tonya enjoyed weaving and learning the Vävstuga way!

     

     

     

    Vävstuga Community Creativity

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    We had the pleasure of Kerry’s, and her husband Don’s, presence at a recent Nordic Classics class. Please take a moment to read Kerry’s beautifully written blog post about her experience at Vävstuga and her encouragement to all of us to follow our passions!

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     Gus’s Rep weave stairway runner!

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    The rep weave runner Gus made last year was finally installed in his home! According to Gus, the carpet guy was impressed as it was his first time installing a handwoven carpet! He did a great job. With thick felt underlayment Gus says it’s wonderful to walk on. No more shoes on the stairs!

     

     

     

    Festival of Fabrics November 28-December 2

    There are still a few spaces left in this exciting class for our Basics Alumni! Come and weave an assortment of wonderful structures including: 10-shaft twill, 8-shaft plaited twill, 4-shaft huck and shadow weave combined, plain weave with warp faced banded sections, honeycomb, and plain weave stripes.

    Becky also will offer ideas and examples of ways to use your fabrics as bags, clothing, aprons, and more. You can see last year’s projects on the class web page on our website, but Becky is currently creating  new projects and colorways. Come and be delightfully surprised!

    New Treasures Project available this December!

    Roy Orr’s Smålandsväv

    In May of 2015 an incredible jacquard weaver named Roy Orr came to the Vävstuga Drawloom Basics class. He brought a beautiful example of Smålandsväv with him, which he had obtained in Sweden while stationed there. With Becky’s help, Roy analyzed the fabric and created a project draft so that he could weave it himself. Thanks to Roy, this exquisite project is now available to Basics alumni as a new Treasures project.  Tonya wove one as her final apprentice project and backed it with a sheepskin – shown here with Tom Hayward of Leprechaun Sheepskin!  You can do the same!

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    We look forward to your visits

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    September News

    New books available now

    We offer you two more wonderful books on Rosepath by Anna Östlund. We presented her delightful 3rd book, Från Januariblues till Decemberröd (From January Blues to December Reds) in our June News, so some of you may already know how wonderful her work is. We are pleased to offer her first and second books which are now in stock on our shelves: Rosengång Berättelser Historik Vävar (Rosepath – Stories, History, Weavings) and Rosengång I Varmvalsverket (Rosepath in a Hot Strip Mill).  

    We are also happy to announce that Praktisk Vävbok is back in print and back in stock on our shelves! This reprint of a Swedish book of drafts from the late 1800s is a real treat. It has 50 pages of drafts, including several 6-shaft weaves and over 150 8-shaft twill variations.

    August Classes

    img_9671-001img_9787-001img_9672-002Our recent Swedish Classics classes had a great time weaving rosepath, among other beautiful structures as shown.

    While our 2017 Swedish Classics class is fully enrolled, we encourage our Basics Alumni to consider the 2017 More Swedish Classics class for some equally lovely projects.

     

    Participants in our Linens: Seed to Cloth class experienced the process of preparing flax from ground retting, to spinning, to weaving with linen at our bucolic Farm Studio and Flax House. Join us in August, 2017 for this wonderful class.

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    Fall 2016 Classes for our Basics Alumni

    For those of you who can be spontaneous, we have a bit of space in our Nordic Classics class next week (Sept 26-30)! The projects are interesting, challenging, and beautiful! Pictured here are Finnish Opphämta, Enkel Skillbragd from Norway, Treadled Leno from Sweden, and Gagnefdrus – a Swedish honeycomb. There is also a 12-shaft figured fabric from Denmark and the 4-shaft Swedish Halvdräll with its interesting block threading.

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    There is also room in our October 17-20th Flamboyant Blankets class. This is an opportunity to weave a luxurious weft-faced, 8-shaft blanket of your own design.

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    NEW “Fillable” Class Registration Form

    We are happy to let you know that our class registration forms are now fillable online! Go to our How to Register page and scroll down to find the 2016 and 2017 Registration forms. Click on the appropriate year for your class and it will take you to a pdf of the form. After filling it out (completely please), just click on the envelope at the top and email it as an attachment to office@vavstuga.com. We think this will make registering for classes more efficient for us all!  Please note, if you have trouble filling out the form using your browser, there is an “Open With Different Viewer” button at the top right of the form page which will allow you to access the form through Adobe or another program. We look forward to receiving your class registrations forms!

    Väv Immersion Program 2017

    This amazing 15-week intensive weaving class offers challenging projects, extensive theory classes, and a broad variety of topics of interest to weaving students. All this in an idylic rural farm house setting with delicious home-cooked meals. The program begins on Tuesday, September 5th, right after Labor Day weekend 2017, and runs through December 15th.

    Vävstuga is partnering with Fabric of Life 501(c)3 to fulfill our mission of offering the Väv Immersion program. You can see pictures and read more about the program at both of the above links. Last year Fabric of Life was honored to receive grant funding from the Ddora Foundation which enabled need-based scholarship assistance to applicants ages 18-35. We hope to be able to do so again for the 2017 program and will let you know when we have more information later this fall. There will also be some work-study options available. We are currently finalizing some of the application details for the program, but if you have any questions, please contact us.

    We look forward to your visits

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    2017 Class Schedule

    Brand new offering: Vävstuga Favorites

    We are very excited to offer a brand new class entitled Vävstuga Favorites. Choose from our gallery of beautiful projects! Select the colors as woven in the examples, or choose your own colors. We’ll wind the warp for you and you will receive a complete review of pre-sleying, beaming and tying up the Vävstuga way at the beginning of the week. Then settle in for a week of weaving at your own pace, creating something you’ve always admired from our famous hand towels with hang tags, to satin damask or rep runners, to an elegant damask tablecloth.

    Vävstuga Favorites

    our newest class: Vävstuga Favorites

    Accepting enrollments now for all 2017 classes

    5-day sessions

     4-day session

    3-day sessions

    Flexible sessions

    15-week session

    Väv Immersion

    Väv Immersion: Acquire a deep foundational knowledge in this 15-week weaving course

    There’s still time to join us in 2016

    There is still room in our Flamboyant Blankets class, Oct 17–20, 2016.

    For our Basics Alumni we also have room in the Festival of Fabrics class, Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2016.

    The last Vävstuga Treasures sessions of 2016 will be the weeks of Dec 6–9 and Dec 13–16. Call to inquire about project availability.

    Flamboyant Blankets

    Flamboyant Blankets class
    Oct 17–20, 2016

    Festival of Fabrics

    Festival of Fabrics class
    Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2016

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Welcoming Tonya Jones to the Vävstuga Staff

    As many of you know, Tonya has been our apprentice these last 6 months and we celebrate her achievements in that role. Tonya’s personality, work ethic, and customer service talents made her a joy to have in the studio so we invited her to join our staff this month. You can read her bio on our About page. Here is a glimpse of just a few of her apprentice projects:

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    Yarn-in-a-Jar

    Many of you have expressed appreciation for our great Yarn-In-A-Jar design tool for our wool yarns.

    We’re happy to announce that the 8/2 Cotton and the 22/2 Cottolin Yarn-in-a-Jars are now ready to aid in your design creativity.

    8/2 Cotton Yarn-in-a-Jar

    8/2 Cotton Yarn-in-a-Jar

    8/2 Cotton Yarn-in-a-Jar

    Cottolin Yarn-in-a-Jar


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We look forward to your visits

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    July 2016

    Hello friends of Vävstuga and welcome to our new Newsletter subscribers!

    We have two lovely and inspiring books to offer you this month! Band weavers take note!

    Applesies and Fox Noses: Finnish Tabletwoven Bands

    book-kariapples_215x300  This is one of the most instructive manuals we have seen for table woven bands. It includes clear pattern diagrams, instructions,   and beautiful photographs for 30 different bands.

     

     

     

     

    Traditional Finnish Decorative Bands

    th-book-schvtradit  First published in 1903, this book is the most comprehensive publication on tablet weaving of its time. 159 band designs are reproduced in color and techniques that vary from braided bands to tablet-woven bands and pick-up patterned bands using various kinds of rigid heddles. A nice bit of history of the tools used to make this wide selection of bands used in 19th century Finland makes this a very interesting and inspiring book!

     

     

     

    June and July were very fun and busy class months here at Vävstuga!

    Sagas and Fluff, Swedish Rag Rugs, Bands in the Barn, Treasures, and 3 Basics classes in June.

    Sagas and Fluff was a wonderful week of weaving weft-faced wonders! Our week combining Swedish Rag Rugs, Bands in the Barn and even some Treasures projects was a great success out at the Farm Studio. Watch for this to be repeated in June of 2017!

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    The Summer Weaving Workshop, One-Day-Wonders and The Swedish Kitchen classes in July.

    We had a wonderful week weaving with teens during The Summer Weaving Workshop! Join us next year for an all-ages week of weaving, including on the drawloom, plus natural dyes, spinning, and even some maypole dancing, picnics, and fun games on the side. Some adult students joined in that week to weave some One-Day-Wonder towels and runners. It was great having everyone out at the Barn Studio! Weaving for the Swedish Kitchen was also a hoot with rep woven placemats, towels and table squares, and Lisa Hill’s amazing creativity in designing fun and practical pocketed aprons! See Tonya’s below.

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    There’s still room in classes for some summer and fall 2016 weaving fun!

    For our Basics Alumni there are a few spaces left in Swedish Classics, August 15-19 and August 29-September 2 and Nordic Classics, September 26-30

    When planning your fall weaving adventures, consider Flamboyant Blankets coming up October 17-20 and Festival of Fabrics, November 28-December 2 and, of course, Treasures December 6-9 and 13-16 – contact us for project availability.

     Stay Tuned for 2017!

    Our 2017 Class Schedule is so close to being ready to make public but, needing a few tweaks, we must wait to announce it in the August Newsletter.

    Here’s a few hints: you can count on some Basics Classes in January, June/July, and likely December. The 2017 Väv Immersion Program dates will be from the late summer into fall. And we have a NEW CLASS which will feature Vävstuga favorites – and there are so many to choose from! Registration will open after the schedule is posted.

     

    Until then, have a wonderful summer and happy weaving!

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues-Fri 9-3) or our web store any time, come to Library Hours on the first Friday of each month 2-5pm (next is August 5th), and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group!