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    Happy Thanksgiving

    We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday with family and friends!

    Annual Thanksgiving Online Yarn Sale

    Thank you to everyone who shopped during our online yarn sale! The sale ends tomorrow, Wednesday December 4th, at midnight.

    2019 Vävstuga Basics – December 9-13

    We have two spaces available in our final Vävstuga Basics class of 2019.

    Feeling spontaneous?  Join us next week!

    Don’t worry about the snow. Vävstuga is beautiful at all times of year, as is the village of Shelburne Falls. The roads are clear and it’s particularly cozy inside the studio now.

    Vävstuga Gift Ideas

    Gift Certificates

    A gift certificate to Vävstuga can be used towards an inspiring class, gorgeous yarns, wonderful tools, or even a loom. Please order by December 13th by calling the office at (413) 625-8241.

    Gift Baskets

    A useful and beautiful addition to a studio, our Vävstuga Bench Basket makes a wonderful gift that can be filled with an assortment of useful tools, gorgeous yarns, or books of your choice.

    Made for us in Peterborough, NH at a basket company that dates back to 1841.

    Sock Kit for Knitters


    Beth Brown-Reinsel, who just taught a wonderful knitting class here in November, designed this knitted Sock Kit using our Tuna wool yarn.

    Holiday Hours

    We will be closed for inventory and the holidays from Monday, December 16th through Wednesday, January 1st.

    2019 Väv Immersion

    We are sad to see the end of this year’s Väv Immersion program because it means we have to say goodbye to the wonderful participants. Last Friday we marked their journey with a celebration and display of all of their weaving accomplishments over the last 15 weeks.

    2020 Classes

    2020 Vävstuga Basics

    We have added several spaces to our Vävstuga Basics class to try to reduce our usual waiting lists and welcome more students into the Vävstuga community.If you, or someone you know, have tried to enroll in Basics in the past, but our classes were full, we hope you’ll try again in 2020.Basics classes are available in February, March, April, July and August in 2020. Thanks for spreading the word!

    2 NEW Classes for our Basics Alum in January & February

    We hope you will join us for two new classes Becky has developed for 2020 that will take your designing and weaving exploration to a new level.

    Designing Awesome Warps – January 27 – 31

    Spend a week dedicated to exploring patterns, colors, and textures, learning specific design techniques, and winding warps on our mills to take home ready to hit the loom.

    Mönster Parti – February 3-7

    In Swedish, a mönster is a pattern, and a parti is a block. Come and learn to use a single profile draft for many different weave structures. Our woven projects and daily theory lessons will expose you to the endless variations that are possible. We’ll explore myggtjäll, half satin, sword damask, taqueté, rep, shadow weave and double weave.

    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 2019

    As we head towards the end of the year it’s time to think about upcoming winter classes, holiday gifts, and our annual Thanksgiving online yarn sale.

    Scandinavian Knitting November 13-15, 2019

    A cozy class for a chilly time of year!  We are looking forward to welcoming Beth Brown-Reinsel back to Vävstuga!

    Beth is a warm, clear, and talented teacher and she will cover a wealth of information in this 3-day class that can be applied to many different knitting projects.

    There is still time to sign up to join us at the end of next week, November 13-15th!

    2019 15-week Väv Immersion Celebration

    We have so enjoyed getting to know Kiri, Hanna, Meghan, Aaron and Eva, the 5 participants in this year’s Väv Immersion program!

    We hope you will be able to join us at the celebration of their work on Friday, November 22, from 3-5pm at the Farm House studio.

    Contact us for directions and to let us know if you’ll be joining us.

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    Annual Thanksgiving Yarn Sale!
    20% off yarn orders placed online with gratitude for your business and friendship!

    Sale begins at midnight (11:59pm) on Wednesday, November 27th

    and ends at midnight (11:59pm) on Wednesday, December 4th

    (in-stock yarns ordered online only)

    Place your orders at store.vavstuga.com

    Please note – We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday, November 27th – Sunday, December 1st.

    Order processing will begin on Monday, December 2nd and sales will be processed in the order in which they were received.

    Regular phone hours, Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm, will resume Tuesday, December 3rd.

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

    Vävstuga Gift Certificates

    A gift certificate to Vävstuga can be used towards an inspiring class, gorgeous yarns, wonderful tools, or even a loom.

    Please take note of our holiday break coming up in December and order your gift certificates by December 13th by calling the office at (413) 625-8241. We will be closed for inventory and the holidays from Monday, December 16th through Wednesday, January 1st.

    Vävstuga Tools for Design and Efficiency

    You may already know about our Yarn-in-a-Jar design tool which gives you the opportunity to arrange the colors of our yarns in endless combinations by simply dumping the mouth-watering contents into a basket or onto a table to mix and match at your leisure.

    Each Yarn-in-a-Jar holds the complete color pallet for that type of yarn. It shows you accurate color and texture, with enough quantity of yarn for basic designing, and it’s beautiful to see on your shelf as a constant temptation to encourage color playtime.

    Becky has now developed a new tool that will save you both time and money – the Vävstuga Tube Winding Adapter.

    Winding warps with multiple ends in your hands, as we do in our studio, has many advantages. This adapter allows you to create as many ends as you need of each color without buying extra tubes of yarn. Use it to wind wool from a swift, or simply wind off of tubes or cones from the floor to make multiple ends.

    Custom made by Vävstuga to fit onto our thin shaft bobbin winder and our yarn tubes. The Vävstuga Tube Winding Adapter includes four tubes to get you started. You may also order a set of 10 Extra tubes or make use of your Vävstuga yarn tubes as you empty them.

     2020 Vävstuga Basics

    We have added several spaces to our Vävstuga Basics class to try to reduce our usual waiting lists and welcome more students into the Vävstuga community.

    If you, or someone you know, have tried to enroll in Basics in the past, but our classes were full, we hope you’ll try again in 2020.

    Basics classes are available in February, March, April, July and August in 2020. Thanks for spreading the word!

    2020 Vävstuga Favorites

    We only have room in our 2020 class schedule for two weeks of Vävstuga Favorites January 20-24 and June 8-12. A great way to start your year off, join us in January and choose one the beautiful projects shown on the class webpage.

    This fall we have enjoyed and been inspired by the creative work of many Favorites students as they wove projects such as these:

    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 2019

    But first!

    While we’re excited about 2020, 2019 is still with us so, before looking ahead, you should consider the following classes.

    Vävstuga Favorites

    We have a few spots open in our October 21-25 and our November 4-8 Vävstuga Favorites classes.  In 2020 we are only squeezing in two Favorites weeks, so if you have your eye on one of the dozens of gorgeous projects available, you should consider coming to weave one this fall!

    Scandinavian Knitting

    A cozy class for a cozy time of year!  We need just a few more students to make this class run and we are so looking forward to welcoming Beth Brown-Reinsel back to Vävstuga!

    Beth is a warm, clear, and talented teacher and she will cover a wealth of information in this 3-day class.

    We also won’t be able to welcome Beth in 2020 due to our busy class schedules, so we hope you will join us next month on November 13-15.

    Vävstuga Treasures

    We have just one Treasures project remaining in 2019 and we will not be offering this session in 2020.

    Perhaps one of you Basics alums will be able to join us on December 4-6 to weave a gorgeous Jämtlandsdräll table square.

    This has always been a favorite structure among our students. We have scoured one of our antique Swedish weaving books to find this unique design. We have it set up for you to weave with a 16/2 cotton warp and tabby weft and a 22/2 cottolin pattern weft.

     

    Registering for 2020 Classes


    Please look over these directions to help us make registration go smoothly. We appreciate your patience!

    • Download and save our 2020 Registration Form to your computer before filling it out
      • otherwise, depending on your browser, we might receive a blank form
        • we won’t have time to contact you until after the registration rush, so if you send a blank form,  you might miss out on a spot in a class
    • Complete all the requested information, including any dietary needs/allergies and Room & Board requests
    • Choose your class(es) by filling in the box next to the date(s)
    • Send the form as an attachment to office@vavstuga.com and let us know in your email if you will be sending a check or calling us with a credit card for the deposit
    • Call us with your credit card, and try again if the phone is busy – this is where your patience comes in 🙂
    • Classes are reserved in the order in which registration forms and payments are received
      • we consider your email letting us know that you are sending a check a confirmation if that is your preferred method of payment, but please send it right away – thanks!

    We sincerely appreciate your following the above directions!


    2020 Classes

    We are very excited by our schedule of both new and returning classes!

    Classes returning in 2020 include:

    For all weavers:

    Returning for our Vävstuga Basics alumni:

    NEW classes for 2020:

    For all weavers:

    New for our Vävstuga Basics alumni:

    Thank you for your interest in and support of Vävstuga!

    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

    Fall is in the air! What will you weave?

    It’s a great time of year to turn towards cozy weaving projects for your home and we have a few ideas to share.

    Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave: 45 Stylish Designs for the Modern Home

    This is the perfect book to inspire weaving for the home with 45 beautiful projects including many 4 shaft and 8 shaft designs and even a 10 shaft rep rug that uses a monks belt motif. This collection of rugs, blankets, towels, runners, upholstery materials, and curtains could keep any inspired weaver busy for a long time.

    Vävstuga Favorites

    You can also join us this fall for a Vävstuga Favorites class and choose a wonderful project with your choice of colors to match your decor. There are so many beautiful projects to choose from, whether you are new to Vävstuga or a Basics alum.  We have a few spaces open the weeks of Sept 16-20, Oct 21-25, and Nov 4-8.

    Interested in weaving rep runners for your table?

    Perhaps your table needs some beautiful squares or runners in gorgeous stripes and plaids,

    or fancier runners and squares in Smålandsväv and Jämtlandsdräll?  Favorites is a great class to work on these more complex or multi-harness projects.

    If you’re feeling particularly cozy, we recommend you come and weave a gorgeous rosepath, boundweave, or krokbragd rug, or a rya/flossa wall hanging or coverlet, or get adventurous with a gubbetäcke, krabbasnår or halvkrabba project!

    As you can see, the options are almost endless in the Favorites classes and we hope you’ll join us this fall.

    Two more inspirational books

    Fall is also a wonderful time to weave coverlets and these books are great resources for design ideas.

    The Gartner Manuscript 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.

    If coverlets are on your mind, Östötadräll presents a glorious collection of Östergötland’s woven bedcovers from the 1800s which kept people warm both in beds and in open sleighs. Although this book does not go into depth with the weaving drafts, profile drawdowns clearly show how the blocks are arranged, and the weave structures used are mainly four shaft twill or broken twill, though five shaft satin is found as well. We refer you to page 19-21 of Weave Structures the Swedish Way to find instructions for threading, treadling, and tie-up for structures presented in this wonderful book.

    Scandinavian Knitting – what could be cozier?

    Please join us for Beth Brown-Reinsel’s Scandinavian Knitting class, Nov 13-15. Beth will be teaching the Danish Skrå-trøje.

    Beth will teach many useful and transferable skills, such as working from a chart, working with two different sizes of yarn, seam stitching, knitting the main motif, the underarm half gusset, working with a yarn in each hand or with 2 yarns in the left hand, purling in pattern with two yarns on the wrong side of the garment, creating a front slit, creating facings, a twined knitting braid on the cuff, an overlapped cuff slit, and assembly.

    Sock Knitting Kit

    Beth Brown-Reinsel has adapted one of her beautiful sock patterns to use our gorgeous Tuna wool.  Our Sock Knitting Kit includes one skein of each selected color of Tuna wool yarn, plus the pattern. We’re offering four options of color combinations that we (and our model Moosey) love, which you can select when you order on our web store.

    We are also happy to accommodate your personal favorite color selections instead, using any two of our 108 colors of Tuna wool.  What could be cozier than wool socks?

    15-week Väv Immersion Program is underway

    Co-sponsored by Vävstuga and Fabric of Life, we welcomed five talented weavers to our 3rd year of this 15-week program.  Aaron, Eva, Hanna, Kiri, and Meghan have settled in well, designing and weaving their own towels, fabrics, and blankets during their first 3 weeks.

    Color, design, fabric analysis, and drafting classes have also been presented, with more to come!

    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.

     

    August News

    Summer Weaving, had me a blast!

    We hope you are enjoying your summer weaving projects!  We’ve had a quiet, but wonderful, summer so far with the Fiber Frolic class for ages 10-Adult and Inge Dam’s Tablet Weaving Incorporated into Fabric class.

    Check our calendar for Vävstuga Favorites classes and One Day Wonder sessions happening at Vävstuga this fall.

    Long Weekend Break

    Vävstuga will be closed on Friday, August 30th for the holiday weekend. You may place online orders and we will process them when we return on Tuesday, September 3rd. Thank you!

    New Books

    We are excited to offer three new books from Sweden with perfect projects for summer weaving and more, as well as a new book on bandweaving.

    Tuskaft by Tina Ignell includes over 60 projects based in plain weave that show the incredible variety possible with this structure, including dyeing, pleating, finishing techniques and more. All beautifully photographed with close-up details.


    In Upplandsvävar, author Åsa Viksten Strömbom presents her extensive historical research on the cultural heritage of textiles in Uppland, Sweden that she used for inspiration for the contemporary projects that include rya, dräll, monksbelt, twill, waffle weave, rosepath and more. She closes the book with some interesting historical pictures and information about linen and wool from various sheep breeds.


    Monica Hallén’s newest book, I Trasmattans Värld från A-Ö takes an alphabetical approach to presenting information on rug weaving techniques, materials, and finishing. The book is filled with inspiring and instructional photographs and includes drafts for a wide variety of rugs. We are excited to welcome Monica as a guest teacher in 2020 (details to be released in the October News).

    Weaving Patterned Bands: How to Create and Design with 5, 7, and 9 Pattern Threads by Susan J. Foulkes features beautiful color photographs and drafts that illustrate the instructions for weaving beautiful bands using pattern rigid heddles, standard heddles, and band or inkle looms. The more than 140 colorful Nordic patterns are neatly organized in categories with many tips and tricks along the way. A section with instructions for picking patterns on an inkle loom, and an extensive bibliography, are also included.

     

    An opportunity for focused instruction in band weaving is available in the Vävstuga Favorites classes this fall.

     Choose a one-day, Monday or Tuesday, session to weave on Vävstuga Rigid Heddles,

    or choose a two-day, Monday and Tuesday, session to weave on a Mora band loom.

     

    Monday and/or Tuesday band weaving sessions are available:
    Sept 16-17, Sept 30-Oct 1, Oct 21-22, and Nov 4-5.

     

     For those wishing to focus on weaving fancy pattern pick-up bands on a floor loom, choose a 5-day option.

    5-day on-loom band weaving is available Sept 16-20, Oct 21-25, and Nov 4-8.

    Scandinavian Knitting

    Please join us for Beth Brown-Reinsel’s Scandinavian Knitting class, Nov 13-15. Beth will be teaching the Danish Skrå-trøje.

    Beth will teach many useful and transferable skills, such as working from a chart, working with two different sizes of yarn, seam stitching, knitting the main motif, the underarm half gusset, working with a yarn in each hand or with 2 yarns in the left hand, purling in pattern with two yarns on the wrong side of the garment, creating a front slit, creating facings, a twined knitting braid on the cuff, an overlapped cuff slit, and assembly.

    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 2019

    This month’s news focuses on quintessential Scandinavian rug weaving

    Stop by our booth in the vendor area at NEWS July 12-14!

    We’d love to see you and to show you some of the new tools and equipment that Becky has been developing, as well as a plethora of gorgeous hand wovens and wonderful weaving books!

    July/August classes

    We have 2 spaces available in Inge Dam’s Tablet Weaving class, July 16-19

    Pebble Weaving with Tablets Meets Fabric class July 16-19.

    If you would like to learn to incorporate a tablet woven band into your loom weaving, join us this month as we welcome guest teacher, Inge Dam to Vävstuga.

    Inge’s work is gorgeous and her teaching reputation is stellar.

     

    Extra Vävstuga Basics class just added for August 5-9

    If you’ve been on our waiting list, or are considering taking this wonderful class, we’ve just added a new Basics class to our summer schedule the week of August 5-9, 2019.

    First come-first served, so please call 413-625-8241 or email office@vavstuga.com right away!

     

    This June we enjoyed classes in Basket Weaving, Tapestry, and Swedish Rag Rugs

    Wendy Jensen, award winning basket artist and wonderful teacher, returned to the Barn Studio at Vävstuga for her Basket Weaving class on June 1st.  Students wove Wendy’s “Harvest Basket” with individual touches that made it their own.

    Barbara Burns has exhibited her tapestry work internationally and has won awards from as far as Serbia and the UK. She returned to Vävstuga by popular demand, offering her Tapestry: Beginner and Beyond class.

    Swedish Rag Rugs are a quintessential part of Scandinavian culture and life, and a favorite class at Vävstuga taught by Becky and Sara-Jeanne Burke. The students in the class expressed their individuality in this medium to stunning results!

    Here are some images of works in progress on the looms:

    and some of the finished projects!

    Rug Weaving Books

    We are excited to offer a new book on krokbragd which we’ve added to our other wonderful books about rag rugs and rep rugs, as well as books that include rugs among other project offerings.

    Krokbragd Our weavers have been asking for years for a book on krokbragd and Debby Greenlaw’s book fills the bill beautifully. Providing a comprehensive look at this wonderful weaving technique, this book brings together the traditional aspects of krokbragd with a fresh, contemporary approach to creating stunning textiles on a variety of simple looms.

    Kankaankutojan Mattokirja The pictures speak for themselves in this beautiful rag rug book from Finland. The unusual variety of 4-,6-, and 8-shaft threading produces breathtaking designs. The fresh and contemporary use of color in this vast array of structures, including twill, rosepath, plain weave, rep, overshot and more, are an inspiration for the soul. With a little help from Google Translate, this book will be a worthwhile addition for those who love weaving with rags!

    Rep Weaves The beginning of Laila Lundell’s wonderful book is dedicated to simple patterns with very detailed instructions and explanations about every aspect of the technique. The book builds upon this knowledge as it progresses through page after page of absolutely beautiful contemporary as well as traditional patterns.

     

    Custom Woven Interiors Kelly Marshall’s inspiring book includes 18 project sets of related items such as rugs, table runners, placemats, throws, curtains, upholstery, pillows, dishtowels, and bedspreads. She also provides insight into designing for the versatile Rep Weave.

    Räknade Tråder – nya vävar This very special book is the result of a group of 9 dedicated people who started working together in 2000 to analyze and meticulously document over 600 older Dalsland weavings from the 1700s-1940s.  The group settled on 29 projects for this book, including several rug projects. The name means “counted threads” which refers to the endless hours this group spent counting both warp and weft threads for this beautiful book.

    Amanda Mönster – nya vävar A companion book or sequel to Räknade Trådar, this book contains 25 projects based on those originally woven by Amanda Johannson, including 5 rug projects.

     

    New style of Rag Rug Shuttles

    Glimåkra has recently re-designed these rug shuttles and Becky and Sara Jeanne were delighted to discover, during our recent Rag Rug class, how slick and fast they moved across the shed. The cut is designed for easy loading and they hold more than you might think as the slit on the ends is rather long. We recommend that you give these a try!

    At this time, these shuttles are available for sale by calling the office. They measure 11.75″ and 19.75″ and cost $30 and $34, respectively. When our webmaster returns from Sweden, she’ll put them up on our web store.

    Opportunities to Weave Rugs (and other projects) at Vävstuga

    Join us this fall for one of our Vävstuga Favorites classes and you could choose to weave a Krokbragd or Rosepath rug (or one of the many other possibilities available).  We have 2 spaces left in our September 16-20, September 30-October 4, and October 21-25 class weeks, and 4 spaces open in the November 4-8 week.

    15-week Väv Immersion Program

    This amazing immersion program begins on August 12 and runs through November 22.  An unparalleled opportunity for deep and meaningful learning of Scandinavian weaving under Becky’s expert teaching, this comprehensive course includes challenging projects and extensive theory classes, resulting in an experience to be remembered for a lifetime. Acquire a deep foundational knowledge of and capability with this age-old craft. There is still a few spaces remaining for those who can join us.

    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.

     

     

     

    June 2019

    This month we celebrate all things Drawloom.

    But first… if you are feeling spontaneous…

    Space available in June/July classes

    Swedish Rag Rugs class June 18-21.

    Fiber Frolic class July 1-5 for ages 10-Adult.

    Pebble Weaving with Tablets Meets Fabric class July 16-19 if you would like to learn to incorporate a tablet woven band into your weaving with our guest teacher, Inge Dam.
     

    Drawloom Weaving

    Vävstuga is your place to go to experience Becky’s expertise in our Drawloom classes, to find a great assortment of books featuring Drawloom weaving, to purchase Drawloom equipment and tools and, of course, to find the highest quality yarns for these exquisite projects.

    Drawloom ABC and Drawloom Treasures class projects

    We had wonderful students in our Drawloom ABC classes working on Single Unit, Shaft Drawloom, Combination, and Opphämta projects this spring, as well as some Drawloom ABC alums weaving exquisite Drawloom Treasures projects.

    Anything you draw on graph paper can translate into stunning woven pictures in damask with the single unit drawloom. The shaft drawloom creates some of the most pleasing designs that repeat themselves across the width of the warp by weaving damask with pattern shafts. For more advanced drawloom weavers, the “combination” system combines single unit patterning with the shaft draw.

    Opphämta on a shaft drawloom is another way to produce lovely repeated float patterns across the warp on a plain weave ground.

    Our Drawloom Treasures projects included the Lithuanian Opphämta (Shaft Draw Opphämta on 21 Pattern Shafts) with Monksbelt and a Combination Damask tablecloth.

    Drawloom Weaving Books & DVD

    Damaskvev is a stunning new Norwegian publication dedicated to Drawloom weaving. This encyclopedia of inspiration includes an introduction to drawing your own patterns, plus many patterns ready to go using 10–75 shafts. Knowing Norwegian would be useful, but there is plenty to work with here just looking at all the pictures.

    The Damast booklet contains 23 different project ideas in damask for your drawloom. Most projects use 10-20 pattern shafts. Some pieces use an individual draw system. The beautiful color photos inspire the weaver to take his or her designing skills in new directions due to the variety of styles portrayed.

     
    Sara von Treskow’s book When a Single Harness Simply Isn’t Enough provides a thorough examination of Drawloom weaving from many angles – technical, theoretical, and practical.

     

    In the DVD Dress Your Swedish Drawloom: Damask, Opphämta and related techniques Becky presents the  details of setting up a warp on a Myrehed shaft draw, single unit, and combination systems on Swedish looms. Single unit draw system with pattern-saving lashes is presented and Damask is thoroughly covered, including sword damask which uses only simple equipment. Opphämta is demonstrated with the weaving sword and the drawloom and even the related structure, Smålandsväv, is presented. All set to lovely Swedish music played by Karen Myrehed, the maker of the drawloom attachments.

     
    We call these 14 treasures our Little White Pattern Books. Britta Johanson has catalogued over 15,000 different motifs into categories in these delightful and useful little books. These “pixelated” patterns were embroidered, woven, or knitted around the world in the 1800s or earlier. Originally published by a cross stitch group in Sweden, they are useful for many types of weaving and embroidery, as well as beading, knitting, tiling, or any other artwork that thrives on gridded patterns.

    Joanne Hall’s book Drawloom Weaving offers an introduction to setting up and weaving on a drawloom with practical step-by-step information for new Drawloom weavers.

     

    Weaving Books with Drawloom sections

    These additional books offer chapters on setting up a Drawloom and especially on the beautiful Opphämta patterns.

    The Swedish Weaving Book: Project Planning, Loom Dressing, and Finishing, translated by Becky, includes several pages dedicated to a concise, but thorough, description of how to set up a Drawloom.

    Heirlooms of Skåne includes a beautiful chapter on Opphämta coverlets from southern Sweden.

    Reflections from a Flaxen Past: For Love of Lithuanian Weaving, by Kati Reeder Meek, includes many beautiful Opphämta patterns, including the one offered in our Drawloom Treasures session.

    Vävglädje (Happy Weaving) While many of these projects require only 4 shafts and 4 treadles, there is also plenty to choose from for the more advanced and technically inclined weaver, including several compositions using a drawloom attachment. Vävstuga has just created an English supplement, translated by Becky Ashenden, that is sold as a set with this book.

    Weaver’s Delight  This reprint of an 80’s vintage classic Swedish weaving text has several Drawloom pieces in both damask and opphämta.

    Drawloom Equipment

    Weaving on a Drawloom holds a well-kept secret – it’s not that hard!  Yes, it does require more setting up of the warp, and you can learn in depth at our Drawloom ABC class. Once your loom is ready, however, it is easier to weave on than many other kinds of “regular” weaving projects, and with such exquisitely ornate and creative results.

    Attachments and accesories

    From Shaft, Single Unit, and Combination Drawloom attachments, to Loom Extensions, Shaft Expansion Sets, and Drawloom cords, Vävstuga can provide the products and expertise to guide your purchase.

    We currently offer two damask shuttles that have a more shallow depth perfect for the often thinner sheds on a Drawloom warp.  The small Damask shuttle is great for narrow Drawloom warps and the beautiful long Damask Shuttle is a favorite shuttle on a drawloom or for regular weaving on wide warps. We also offer our own thick and thin weaving swords. The thick sword is for weaving sword damask. The thin sword can be used for weaving Opphämta, among other possibilities.

    Barnfest – June 8

    Weaving Exhibit – Becky’s 30 year Legacy – See what Becky has woven during the last 18 months, as well as during her Swedish schooling in 1981. The exhibit will include over 30 items, large and small, representing the broad range of techniques that are taught at Vävstuga, including many Drawloom pieces woven on warps from our Drawloom ABC class.

    Textile Teasers at Barnfest:

    Spinning Circle with Deanna Moore & Justin Squizzero (see flyer).

    Register ahead for the MINI Workshops $10 each.
    Mini Music Workshops
    Knitting for Beginners, Ages 10 and up, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

    Visit our textile presenters:
    Katie Cavacco – Free Ramblin’ Kids
    Nur Tiven – Fiber Shed
    Carole Adams –  Whispering Pines Farm – Fiber and Herbs
    Marti Ferguson – Walking Cloud Farm– Sheep, Chickens, and Wool
    Emily Gwynn – Hands to Work Textiles
    Justin Squizzero – The Burroughs Garret – Fine Linen
    Vävstuga Weaving School – Traditional Scandinavian Weaving

    Come throw the shuttle a few times on the Raffle Blanket, or try out weaving on one of our other looms.
    Festival details at: Fabric of Life website.

     

    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.

    May 2019

    Memorial Day Weekend Yarn Sale

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

    20% off in-stock yarn orders placed online at store.vavstuga.com with gratitude for your business and friendship!

    Sale begins on Saturday, May 25th at 12:01am and ends on Monday, May 27th at 11:59pm

    Sale is on in-stock yarns only. Online orders will be processed beginning on Tuesday, May 28th in the order in which they were received.

    New (old) Book In-stock: Weaver’s Delight

    First published by VävMagasinet in 1989, we are delighted to republish  Weaver’s Delight; hot off the Vävstuga Press in 2019.

    This stellar collection of linens, rugs, fabrics, and woolens was originally created for and published in some of the early VävMagasinet issues. This book provides about 50 of the most popular of those projects and a great variety of techniques with many helpful instructional hints throughout.

    For weavers of all levels there are 4 shaft projects in straightforward and pleasing weave structures. There is plenty for the advanced weaver, as well, including several drawloom projects in damask and opphämta.

     

    New (& old) Yarn Tools

    With our Memorial Day Weekend Yarn Sale coming up, we thought we would highlight some great yarn tools and especially bring your attention to a new tool Becky has just created.

    Vävstuga tube winding adapter

    Winding warps with multiple ends in your hands, as we do in our studio, has many advantages. This adapter allows you to create as many ends as you need of each color without buying extra tubes.

    Custom made by Vävstuga to fit onto our thin shaft bobbin winder. Includes four tubes to get you started.

    Use it to wind wool from a swift, or to wind off of tubes or cones from the floor to make multiple ends.

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    Vävstuga cardboard tubes (set of 10)

    Need extra cardboard tubes?

    The winding adaptor tool was designed to be used with these empty cardboard tubes from our studio, so we also offer a set of 10 for your winding pleasure.

     

    Other yarn tools include the Vävstuga 2-Tube Stand, Öxabäck Tube Stand, and Umbrella Swift:

    Basket Weaving with Wendy Jensen

    There are just a few spaces left in our Saturday, June 1st Basket Weaving class with award winning basketry artist Wendy Jensen.

    Students will learn how to weave a basket base around a sturdy, preformed, hickory handle. The basket walls are woven with a chase weave, with an emphasis on shaping. Rim fitting, scarfing and lashing will also be taught.

    New Vävstuga Favorites Project – Color Gamps

    Weaving color gamps is not only fun, it creates an invaluable design tool for planning colors for future projects. The purpose of a gamp is to show how colors interact when they are interlaced in weaving.  Designing and weaving one at Vävstuga has the added advantage of not having to purchase all those many tubes of yarn.

    In this new Vävstuga Favorites Color Gamp class you will design your own color gamp choosing the warp yarn and number of colors to be included.

    We have spaces available in our four Vävstuga Favorites classes this fall for these and the many other project choices available: Sep 16–20, Sep 30 – Oct 4, Oct 21–25, Nov 4–8.

    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.

    April 2019

    Special issue on Band Weaving

    This month we are celebrating everything to do with bands at Vävstuga.

    From our high quality band weaving tools that are hand crafted in our shop, to the many wonderful books we feature below and, of course, the option to weave bands during our Vävstuga Favorites classes.

    Band Weaving Tools

    Becky approved and locally made for Vävstuga, our band locks and rigid heddles are strong and beautiful.

    Band locks are available in small, medium, and large widths.

    Make your own band weaving back strap with these directions.

     

    Rigid Heddles
    We currently offer the popular medium size rigid heddle in both our Standard, that holds 59 warp ends, and with Pattern slots that holds 57 warp ends, including 13 pattern slots.

    We will be adding additional widths in the future.

    Band Knives
    Our beautiful new Maple Band Knife is lovely to work with.

    We also have our Vävstuga designed metal band knife, made locally by Lamson, a well known cutlery and tool manufacturer here in western MA. It is a dream to use as a beater when weaving on a band loom.

     

     

    Our gorgeous 8/2 Möbelåtta wool is one of Becky’s favorite yarns for bands.  The length of the fibers and the nature of the spinning make this a very dense and slippery yarn with a lot of sheen and drape.

     

    Band Weaving Books

    We are very excited to announce the return of Eesti Kirivööd!  Out of print for the last two years, this Estonian book has been translated into English. The new version also includes 4 additional bands.

    All the bands are from the Museum in Tartuu. The illustrations and drafts are very clear and easy to follow and include a photograph of the front and back of the original band from the museum.

    Lapilised vööd is another absolutely beautiful band weaving book from Estonia, made with the same attention to detail. These bands use plain weave for the ground structure and the warp float patterns are relatively simple. The effective use of color in both the plain weave threads and pattern threads presents a breathtaking array of designs. This book is no longer in print, but we still have some in stock.

     

    Tablet Woven BandsThree books including, and inspired by, ancient motifs.

    Applesies and Fox Noses: Finnish Tablet Woven Bands

    This is one of the most instructive manuals we have seen for tablet woven bands. The book contains clear instructions and pattern diagrams for 30 different bands with ancient universal motifs, used the world over from the dawn of time.

    Traditional Finnish Decorative Bands

    First published in 1903, this book offers a nice bit of history and a wide selection of headbands, belts, garters, and ornamental bands used in 19th century Finland. This book will teach you how to tablet weave bands using the techniques typical of the era: reversing twining direction on a diagonal, a.k.a. Finnish diagonals, and the tubular selvage and half turns – two specialties in Finland. 159 band designs are reproduced in color.

    Tablet-Woven Accents for Designer Fabrics: Contemporary Uses for Ancient Techniques

    Inge Dam’s unique handwoven fabrics incorporating tablet-woven borders and accent bands are inspired by ancient textiles discovered in Danish bog and burial sites. In this book, she describes the five tablet-weaving techniques she uses and explains her process for incorporating tablet weaving into loom-woven fabrics.

    We are very excited to welcome Inge Dam to Vävstuga, July 16-19, for her class Pebble Weaving with Tablets Meets Fabric!  There are two spaces left if you would like to learn how to incorporate a tablet woven band into your fabric on the loom.

    Classic Scandinavian Band Weaving
     Moraband

    Barbro Wallin’s intrigue with traditional handcrafts from her local town of Mora, in Dalarna, Sweden, stems from early childhood. In Mora Band she shares her collection of 100 patterns that she has collected throughout her life so that these traditions may be carried on.

     

    Leksandsband I  and Leksandsband II

    Also from Dalarna, Sweden, we are fortunate that Ing-Marie Frid has chosen to spend so many hours of her time analyzing these ornate and beautiful traditional bands from Leksand. She has produced two incredible catalogs of traditional patterns from this town. Ing-Marie has chosen to produce these volumes with a spiral binding so that you can open the book flat to copy any page for your own use. This way one can easily enlarge sections to more clearly see these complicated patterns.

    Many of the bands in Leksandsband I have either 25 or 30 pattern threads, but the book offers a broad selection of bands with fewer pattern threads, as well.

    Each pattern includes a project drawdown and a photo of the woven band. There is an immense amount of information on these 122 pages.

    In Leksandsband II, the bands range from 13 to 49 pattern threads. This time the bands analyzed were mostly small pieces and long bands in which every single one has many different patterns, in other words very “heavily patterned” bands.
    We offer the set of both books at a slightly reduced price.

    Heather Torgenrud’s complete book about Norwegian pick-up band weaving has become a classic, from its fascinating history to beautiful bands you can make yourself, including more than 100 pattern charts from bands in museum collections.

    The book includes the history of how bands were used in rural communities of 18th and 19th century Norway. Then it looks closely at twenty bands brought to America by Norwegian immigrants, and what they tell us about traditional patterns, colors, and materials. Finally, the book has clear and concise instructions for weaving pick-up on simple, traditional band heddles, and these instructions can also be adapted to other kinds of looms. Now a classic, Heather’s book is meticulously researched, easy to read, and beautifully illustrated.

    The Weaver’s Inkle Pattern Directory: 400 Warp-Faced WeavesThis book is the most comprehensive tool available to inkle weavers. Inside, you’ll find an overview of inkle weaving’s history and traditions, instructions for loom set-up and simple techniques, and an astonishing 400+ woven patterns with illustrated samples and charts.

     

    Band Loom with Inkle Shedding System

    Check out our short film of this new band loom modeled after an old design which uses half heddles in the same way that inkle looms do. If you are intrigued with this little loom and would like to learn more about its future availability, feel free to contact us.

    Vävstuga Favorites

    You can choose to focus on bands in our Vävstuga Favorites classes coming up this fall.

    Rigid Heddle

    Come for one day, on a Monday or Tuesday, to learn rigid heddle weaving, starting with a plain weave band to achieve comfort with the basic skills of making a nice selvage, and packing the weft to achieve a uniform width. Then try your hand at a patterned pick-up band.

    Mora Band Loom

     

    If you prefer, come for two days, Monday and Tuesday, to learn how to set up and weave on a Mora band loom with its special pattern-saving lashes.

    Band weaving on a floor loom

    Basics Alumni can come for the full week class to learn how to weave fancy pattern pickup bands on a floor loom. This special technique was developed here at Vävstuga to weave wide and intricately patterned bands with easy visibility on a floor loom. We can also show you how to weave a plain weave band on a floor loom, such as the band we use to adorn our sheepskin-backed coverlets.

     

     

    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 2019

    Welcome Katie

    We are thrilled to welcome Katie Cavacco to the Vävstuga staff.  You will have the pleasure of meeting Katie during classes at check-in, for those lodging with us, and at dinners during the week.

    Katie is a sewist with a deep respect for hand craft. She learned to sew at a young age and pursued that passion from high school through graduate school. Her education has centered around apparel design with a focus on sustainability, primarily through material upcycling and creative reuse.

    With her small business, Free Ramblin’ Kids, she creates toys and slippers for young children from upcycled, fulled wool sweaters.

    She is excited to join the Vävstuga community and learn more about weaving!

    Vävstuga Basics

    We’ve had a fun and colorful start to 2019 with a Vävstuga Favorites class in January,  3 Vävstuga Basics classes since then and more to come as we head into Spring.

    A space has just opened in the April 15-19 Vävstuga Basics class. Please call the office at 413-625-8241 if you would like to join us that week.

    One of the many, wonderful things about the Basics class is that loom set-up is not only taught from start to finish, most of the tasks are shared among the 8 students, with up to 4 people working together to beam, thread, sley, and tie-up the looms.

    This cooperative approach makes quick work of the tasks, aids in learning, and helps create the wonderful camaraderie that is part of the Vävstuga experience.

    Daily drafting classes build deeper understanding of the structures and fibers used, and our beautiful Swedish yarns provide color inspiration.  Delicious meals add to the pleasure of the week.

    Another wonderful aspect of the Basics class is that the students are joined by 2 Basics Alumni who arrive mid-week to weave one of the gorgeous Vävstuga Treasures projects.

    Vävstuga Treasures

    The Vävstuga Treasures session happens concurrently with the Vävstuga Basics class. Two beautiful projects, two talented weavers, and 3 days to create a treasure to bring home.

    This week we were joined by Mother-Daughter duo Sinikka and Alexis!

    Sinikka wove the gorgeous Plattväv coverlet project in gorgeous grays and yellows.

    Now to decide what color sheepskin to add to the back… and which side to use as the back since both sides are so beautiful!

    Alexis wove the elegant Jämtlandsdräll table square in blue.

    So fun to have Alexis and Sinikka with us this week and congratulations to them both on their lovely treasures!

    The table square can also be woven with an alternate tie-up for a different block pattern and in your choice of weft colors.

    We have just 2 Vävstuga Treasures sessions available to weave the Plattväv coverlet.

    Join us next week, March 6-8, or April 17-19.  Vävstuga Basics Alumni may also choose this coverlet during our Farmhouse Projects classes.

    We have spaces available for the lovely Jämtlandsdräll table square as well.

    Join us next week, March 6-8, March 27-29, April 17-19, April 24-26 and December 4-6. Other lovely tablecloth choices are also available during our Farmhouse Projects classes.

    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.