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  • October 2017

    Join us for two fun classes in November and December 2017!

    We are excited to welcome two wonderful guest teachers to Vävstuga this winter for the following classes. There are a few spaces available and we hope you’ll join us.

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

    Come learn how to knit the Norwegian Fana cardigan — just a few spaces left in this workshop.

    Birch Bark Weaving with Elaine Moe on Friday, December 1, 1:30–4:30pm

    Come and make a lovely star ornament. Please call or email the office to register for this fun afternoon workshop.

     

    2018 Class Schedule is filling already

    Thank you to all who have registered for 2018 classes. We are filling up quickly.

    Vävstuga Treasures, for our Basics Alumni, is changing in 2018

    There will be just two Vävstuga Treasures projects offered in 2018 for our Basics Alumni. One of each of the following two projects will be available Wednesday-Friday concurrent with our Basics class weeks and the dates are on the Treasures class page.

    Treasures project #1: Come and weave Roy’s Smålandsväv, first brought to us by Roy Orr as a fabric structure to analyze. We’ve been weaving it ever since.

    With a cottolin warp and a Möbelåtta wool and cottolin weft, this is your chance to make a small and beautiful coverlet that is fairly easy to weave. It also lends itself to a sheepskin backing.

    Treasures project #2: This Satin Tablecloth on 10 shafts has been a favorite runner at our dining room table for many years and now we have decided to use this as inspiration for a larger tablecloth in the same colors and pattern.

    With a 16/2 cotton warp and a 16/1 linen weft, this project has an elegant sheen. This is a large piece to weave in 3 days and is a project geared towards our experienced alumni. The 10 treadles and wide width will give you a great physical workout. If you have less experience, you are still welcome to take this on, but may end up with a shorter piece.

     

    Vävstuga Favorites classes in 2018

    While most of the beloved Treasures projects are not being offered as such in 2018, many of them will now be offered as Vävstuga Favorites projects where you can even choose your own warp colors and lengths. “Easy” projects, for those who haven’t taken the Basics class yet, include napkins, towels, and plain weave or rep runners. View the class page to see the long list of Favorites projects available to our Basics alumni. These projects are the ones students have referred to as “my favorite” when they see all the incredible hand wovens Becky has created over the years.

    September 2017 Vävstuga Favorites and Treasures class projects

    Wow! We had some gorgeous projects woven last month! We look forward to seeing what the October Favorites and Treasures students will create next week!

    Halvkrabba is woven upside down with yarn butterflies. It’s not on our Vävstuga Favorites class page yet, but this project will be offered in 2018.

    Roy’s Smålandsväv is one of the two Vävstuga Treasures projects available in 2018. It provides an opportunity for wonderful color play.

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    Several Jämtlandsdräll Runners are available as Vävstuga Favorites projects

    Beautiful weft-faced Krokbragd is all about color. This will be available as a Vävstuga Favorites project in 2018.


    The elegant Mora shawl has beautiful shading and drape. Also available as a Vävstuga Favorites project where you can choose your own warp colors.


    The Enkel Skillbragd coverlet lends itself beautifully to a sheepskin background. But which color to choose?

     

    Tonya and Kim try on several sheepskins with Tom from The Leprechaun Sheepskin Company. It’s always fun at Vävstuga!

    Tom will continue to offer sheepskin backings for the Roy’s Smålandsväv Treasures project in 2018.

    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.

     

     

    2018 Class Schedule

    Accepting enrollments now for all 2018 classes

    Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-enrolled basis by email or snail mail. We cannot process registrations by phone during the initial registration period.

    Two ways to register:

    • Download, save, and fill out the 2018 registration form and attach it to an email message, then call with your credit card for the deposit to secure your spot.
    • Download, save, fill out, and email the 2018 registration form, or print form and send it with a check for the deposit amount, made out to Vävstuga.

    *Classes with Vävstuga Basics prerequisite (also met with the new Mini Immersion program)

    5-day sessions

     4-day sessions

    3-day sessions

    1-day sessions

    3-week session

    Because many of you asked for a shorter version of our 15-week Väv Immersion program, Becky has designed an amazing 3-week Mini Immersion of intensive, hands-on learning including 10 techniques from our most popular classes. Come and immerse yourself in the beautiful rural setting of our Barn Studio. If you have been a regular with us for a long time, there will be fresh ideas and new projects. For those of you who have never woven before, there will be a comfortable experience for you on each loom. An added bonus — this class will satisfy our Vävstuga Basics requirement for other classes.

     

     

     

    There’s still time to join us in 2017

    There is ONE SPACE available for our Basics Alumni in our October 24-27 Vävstuga Treasures session to weave the amazing Jämtlandsdräll tablecloth.

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    to weave this Intermediate Rep Runner #7 in our October 23-27 Vävstuga Favorites class. This is an example of a fun way to combine blended warp stripes in a rep weave project.

    There is just one loom space available to weave either the Jämtlandsdräll Tablecloth OR the Rep Runner #7.

    Please call the office to reserve your choice.

    Additional class openings for all in November and December

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

    Come learn how to knit the Norwegian Fana cardigan — just a few spaces left in this workshop.

    Birch Bark Weaving with Elaine Moe on Friday, December 1, 1:30–4:30pm

    Come and make a lovely star ornament. Please call or email the office to register for this fun afternoon workshop.

     

    Väv Immersion 2017 is underway!

    We welcomed 6 students to the 15-week Väv Immersion program this year. They have spent the last 3 weeks settling into the daily rhythm of planning and winding warps, weaving towels, blankets, yardage, and rag rugs, spinning, and learning something new every day.

    Stay in touch

    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 2017

    We plan to announce our 2018 Class Calendar in the September Newsletter!

    We appreciate your patience as we finalize some details. We are excited to share next year’s classes with all of you!

    August Happenings:

    Linens: Seed to Cloth Class

    We had a wonderful group of weavers last week out at the Barn Studio where linen prefers the humidity. Emily Gwynn, a prior apprentice at Vävstuga, took advantage of the drawloom time to weave her logo for Hands to Work (see below).

     

    And a special thank you to Jean Neilson who took these great pictures when she wasn’t harvesting, hackling, spinning or weaving linen!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Apprentice Reunion

    Several of Vävstuga’s apprentices came together at the Farm Studio for a retreat this past weekend. Catching up, sharing their recent projects, weaving in the barn, and some meeting for the first time. An important part of Vävstuga’s history, we appreciate all that our apprentices continue to do and we enjoy our relationships with all of them!

     

     

     

     

     

    Fall Classes

    As we launch into the 15-week Väv Immersion Program next week, we have just a few openings in our limited fall classes:

    One-Day Wonders have a few days available during the weeks of September 19-22, October 24-27, and November 28-December 1. Call or email  the office to see if an available day works for your schedule.

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

    Come learn how to weave the NORWEGIAN FANA CARDIGAN!

     

     

     

     

     

    NEW CLASS ADDED!

    Birch Bark Star Ornament with Elaine Moe on Friday, December 1, 1:30 – 4:30 pm

    Please call or email the office to register for this fun afternoon workshop!

     

     

     

     

     

    Stay tuned for our 2018 class schedule announcement!

    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 2017

    Beginning Tapestry

    At the end of June we pushed the floor looms to the side to make room for a Beginning Tapestry class with Janet Austin! Her tapestries are exhibited nationally and internationally and her expertise was evident to all.

     

    Fiber Frolic class

    This class for ages 10-Adult is co-sponsored by Fabric of Life 501(c)3. A real immersion in fiber, from natural dyeing, spinning, weaving – including on a drawloom, sewing with hand wovens, wet felting and needle felting, and more, students had a busy and varied experience! The class culminated with a show & tell for the families and a big “Fika” celebration! We hope you will join in the fun next year!

    July Treasures

              In addition to the Fiber Frolic class, we enjoyed the presence of two weavers working on Treasures projects!

    Eric wove a gorgeous Opphämta runner and Mo wove a fantastic Rep Rug on 8 Shafts!

    This was an added benefit for the Fiber Frolic weavers who were able to see the amazing results!

     

     

    Basket Weaving with Wendy Jensen

    We were thrilled to welcome local weaver and award-winning basket maker, Wendy Jensen, to teach a Basket Weaving class at the Barn Studio. The participants were equally thrilled to go home with a beautiful Carry-All basket!

    Join us for Scandinavian Knitting with Beth Brown-Reinsel!

    There are just a few spaces left in our Scandinavian Knitting class with Beth Brown-Reinsel! Beth is an expert in Scandinavian knitting techniques and we are excited to welcome her back to Vãvstuga this November 1-3! Come and knit with us! Our gorgeous wool yarns aren’t just for weaving! We even offer one of Beth’s patterns in our Tuna wool Sock Kit.

    Fun at NEWS – the New England Weavers Seminar

    We enjoyed seeing so many of our weaving friends at NEWS. If you were unable to attend, here’s a few pictures of our booth. Thank you to all those who stopped by – we hope you had a great time at the seminar!

     

    Used Lilla 60cm loom is still available for sale

    Lilla looms-oxabackWe are offering a 60cm Lilla loom, used only once and in like-new condition, at a sale price of $1980.

    The Öxabäck Lilla is a high-quality, sturdy, 8-shaft loom with a vertical countermarch and a space-saving footprint!

    A reed for the loom and regular texsolv heddles can be purchased for 10% off their regular price.

     

     

    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 2017

    This has been an outstandingly busy spring at all 3 of our classrooms – Water Street, the Farm House, and the Barn studio!

    Weave for the Swedish Kitchen in May

    A feast of color and joy describes our Kitchens class this year! Our industrious group chose beautiful colors for their own warps and wove placemats, runners, napkins, aprons, towels and other tantalizing tidbits. 5 beautiful aprons materialized under Lisa Hill’s cheerful tutelage in our sewing corner.

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    Swedish Rag Rugs & Bands in the Barn

    What a fun group of rag rug weavers came to class – many from the same spinning guild!  On Wednesday morning, as their beautiful rugs were being finished and fringed, we started our Bands in the Barn class. The overlap kept Becky jumping, but what a wonderful, and large group, shared lunch that day! The band weavers were industrious and as enthusiastic as the rag rug weavers had been. With nearly 30 different little projects to choose from on rigid heddle back strap looms, band looms, and floor looms, they were able to work on as many different techniques as possible.

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    Drawloom and Vävstuga Treasures

    Toni and Bettes wove some incredible tablecloth linens at our Farmhouse Drawloom studio during our Swedish Kitchens class and Brangwyn and Gail were busy at the Farmhouse during our Bands in the Barn class.

     

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    Tonya’s amazing alphabet

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    A is for amazing, B is for brilliant, C is for creative… all the way to Z is for zippy!

    Tonya’s latest endeavor is an animal alphabet woven on a single unit drawloom.

    Can you figure out the correct name of each critter? Some of them are tricky!

     

     

     

    Barn Benefit Festival

    The semicircle of looms, spinning wheels and a cauldron dye bath was a magical entrance to an afternoon full of fiber, music, food and fulfillment. IMG_2094

    Our weaving sale was a smashing success,raising funds for the Fabric of Life 501(C)3,and folks who came got terrific deals.

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    Used Lilla 60cm loom for sale

    Lilla looms-oxabackWe are offering a 60cm Lilla loom, used only once and in like-new condition, at a sale price of $1980.

    The Öxabäck Lilla is a high-quality, sturdy, 8-shaft loom with a vertical countermarch and a space-saving footprint!

    A reed for the loom and regular texsolv heddles can be purchased for 10% off their regular price.

     

     

    A few spaces left in the Linen: From Seed to Cloth class, August 21-25

    Join Becky as she teaches the entire invigorating process of growing flax, making yarn, and weaving it into cloth at our bucolic Farm House setting!

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    The 2017 Väv Immersion Program is full!

    We will be immersed with 8 industrious weavers from September – December 2017!

    We will announce our 2018 class schedule by the end of the summer! Hope to see you here for the Linens class in August or in 2018!

    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 2017

    May Drawloom Basics class and Treasures session

    IMG_2003We just enjoyed two weeks of Drawloom Basics out at the Farm Studio. Several weavers also joined us to weave some lovely Treasures projects.

    The pictures show some of the amazing creativity and experimentation that our students displayed weaving opphämta and damask on Shaft Drawlooms, adorable damask dragons using saved pattern lashes, damask on single unit drawlooms and even playing with weaving swords to get a sense of what can be woven when one doesn’t have a drawloom… yet.

    Treasures projects included a fine satin damask “piecrust” tablecloth, a lovely Jämtlandsdräll tablecloth in fine cotton, and the always colorful Stjerne coverlet!

    The pictures just don’t do the projects justice, but we hope you will get a sense of the endless options and fun to be had weaving on a drawloom and a taste of the exquisite Vävstuga Treasures and Drawloom & Linen Treasures projects.

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    Student Blogs

    Jean Williams attended one of our recent Drawloom Basics classes and has written a wonderful description entitled “Refilling the Creative Well” on her blog: jeanweaves.com.

    One of our first year Väv Immersion students, Tammy Renner, has written about her presentation to the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild and the subgroup Warped Weavers about her experience in the Väv Immersion program in 2016.  You can read it on her blog tammyweaves, as well as more detail about her experience here on her blog posts from February – May, 2016.

    Thank you to both Jean and Tammy for sharing the Vävstuga experience with your blog followers and with us!

    Barn Benefit Festival  Saturday – June 10, 2017

    NOON until THE WEE HOURS at 80 Bassett Road, Shelburne, MA

    Join our Fiber and Music Folk Village for the day (printable flier with details here)
    (To benefit Fabric of Life non-profit, working in partnership with Vävstuga Weaving School)

    SUPER FUN SALE  – Looms-Reeds-Warping mills – Countermarches – Books – Instruments – Other cool stuff
    Don’t miss this grand array of great deals!! (See a few details below)
    WEAVE A RAFFLE BLANKET in the afternoon, come throw the shuttle a few times to help weave the blanket!
    SPINNING PARTY FOR THOSE INCLINED  – bring your wheel
    POTLUCK – yum yum
    Sing -a-long, Jam session & BALKAN MUSIC CONCERT – Relax and enjoy hauntingly beautiful music as evening approaches.
    PARTY INTO THE NIGHT – Join in dancing on the first floor of the barn, or sit with friends at a table in our little Kafana coffeehouse upstairs with a nice view of the scene below.

    MORE SALE DETAILS
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    Our Lervad loom-002SILENT AUCTION ITEM!!   (a way to participate in the fun if you cannot attend our event)
    Anders Lervad Danish loom affectionately known as “Mary Liz” – 4 shafts, 6 treadles, 80cm wide

    This unbelievably cute and stylish little Danish loom with turned wooden uprights and curves in all the right places could be yours if you outbid everyone else!

     

    THE BIDDING DETAILS:

    • Minimum bid $700
    • Bid increments $50
    • If you cannot attend the festival, email your contact info and bid amount to office@vavstuga.com by Friday, June 9th at 1:00pm
    • Bidding is also open to festival attendees on Saturday until 1:00pm
    • Only one bid is needed, as all bids remain private – bid the highest amount you can manage
    • Winning bid is not based on the order bids are received. The highest bidder as of 1:00pm on Saturday, June 10th wins!
    • We will contact you if you are not in attendance
    • Loom must be picked up in MA within 2 weeks

    For sale on location for those who can attend the event:

    Swedish style Looms (not Glimåkras, but similar)
    150 cm-10 shafts, 10 treadles, countermarch,
    110 cm-four shaft,
    110 cm for shaft?
    Glimåkra rigid heddle loom
    Small box bandloom, 4 shafts

    Warping mills
    4 meter Glimåkra mill –
    3 meter mill (unknown origin)
    3 meter mill – Andersson

    Countermarch
    4 shaft-110 cm horizontal
    8 shaft-120 cm horizontal
    10 shaft-150 cm horizontal
    8 shaft-160 vertical (Myrehed)

    Drawloom attachment
    Myrehed, single unit – 150 cm

    REEDS
    Over 40 reeds in various sizes, lengths and qualities

    Magazines
    Various past issues – details are unavailable now

    Books
    A small selection of used books, titles not available ahead

     

    We hope to see you at the Barn Benefit on June 10th and here at the studio 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.

     

    April 2017

     Lots of Spring Fun Awaits!

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    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

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    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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    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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    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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    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.