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    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.

    Click to play video

    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.

     

    February 2019

    Feeling Spontaneous?  Or do you prefer long-range plans?

    Only two Vävstuga Basics class weeks have space.

    Be spontaneous and join us next week: February 4-8

    Call the office today at 413-625-8241, or early Monday morning, for next week’s class.
    We have room in our lodging, too.

    or plan ahead for: December 9-13.

    Scandinavian Knitting class with Beth Brown-Reinsel

    Join knitting teacher extraordinaire, Beth Brown-Reinsel,

    to knit this Danish Skrå-trøje sweater, a design dating back to the late 1800s. It is unusual in that most Danish knitting at that time was of one color, while this Skrå-trøje was knitted in navy and white.

    You can choose your two colors of our gorgeous Tuna wool for this class, November 13-15.

     

    For Basics Alumni

    In addition to the two gorgeous projects offered in Vävstuga Treasures,

    Jämtlandsdräll Tablecloth

    Plattväv Coverlet

     

    our Basics Alumni can enjoy our newest class:

    Farmhouse Projects

    The project choices in this class are seemingly endless, so we share just a few of the options below. See our website for more.

    You can choose your own colors, warp length, and either take home any  remaining warp at the end of the week, or stay for extra days to finish here.

    Exquisite tablecloths Here are just a few:

     

     

    Gorgeous Rugs  Choose your own colors to match your decor:

     

    Curtains you’ve admired at Vävstuga:

     

    Cozy and beautiful Coverlets that used to be in our Treasures sessions only:

     

    Inspired? Farmhouse Projects classes are coming up in March, April and May.

     

     15-week Väv Immersion Program

    August 12-November 22, 2019
    For an in depth weaving experience you will remember for a lifetime, consider this comprehensive course which includes challenging projects and extensive theory classes set in a bucolic farmhouse setting.
    Co-sponsored by Fabric of Life 501(c)3 and Vävstuga.
    For information please contact Jennifer Martin, Program & Partnership Agent.

     

    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 2019

    Happy New Year!

    We hope we’ll get to enjoy your presence at one or more of our 2019 classes!

    Vävstuga Basics

    We still have a bit of room in the following Vävstuga Basics classes:

    February 4-8,
    February 25-March 1,
    April 15-19,
    December 2-6, and
    December 9-13.

    Join us if you can!

    Vävstuga Treasures

    There are still plenty of Vävstuga Treasures sessions available for our Basics alumni.

    Come to weave either the elegant Jämtlandsdräll Tablecloth or the beautiful Plattväv coverlet.

     

    New Book

    Damaskvev is a textbook on the setting up and weaving of damask with a drawloom and is the first Norwegian textbook published on this topic since 1849.

    Knowing Norwegian would be useful, but there is plenty to work with here just looking at all the pictures. 

    The book also shows the setting up of single unit and how it can be used in combination with the shaft draw system. An introduction to drawing your own patterns, plus many patterns ready to go using 10−75 shafts completes this encyclopedia of inspiration.

    You can watch Becky’s video review of the book on its web store page.

    Drawloom & Linen Treasures projects

    We offer two gorgeous and challenging projects for our Drawloom Basics/Drawloom ABC alumni: A Damask Tablecloth and a Lithuanian Opphämta with Monksbelt Tablecloth.

    Damask Tablecloth
    We now have this exciting Damask warp up and running, and here is the first tablecloth almost halfway done. The middle has a pointed threading on 29 pattern shafts, and there is a strip on each edge that has single unit patterning available 15 units wide.
    Once this tablecloth warp is finished, we have another design prepared to weave of cabins between trees, inspired by the photo below, which provided inspiration for the project in the first place.

    Lithuanian Opphämta with Monksbelt Tablecloth

    Inspired by Kati Meek’s book Relections from a Flaxen Past: For Love of Lithuanian Weaving, we proudly offer this treat of a warp. Take this opportunity to weave a wide piece of Opphämta, with Monksbelt stripes as used in Lithuania’s breathtaking traditional costumes.

    Kati offers us a plentiful selection of beautiful 21 shaft patterns in her book to inspire your creativity.

    It is also a blast to make your own patterns such as Becky’s porcupines pictured here.

     

    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 2018

    Holiday Store/Shipping Hours

    We will be closing for our winter break beginning on Friday, December 14th at 3pm.

    We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9am.

    Happy holidays and happy weaving to all!

    Space Available in 2019 Winter classes

    Vävstuga Favorites

    Start your new year off by joining us for our January 7-11 Favorites class!  We’ve expanded the class week to 5 days, and we now offer a staff threading option so that you can have even more time to weave.

    We’ve added new projects, too, so it’s worth exploring the class page to see what’s available! For example:

     Rosepath Family – which you can weave as a rug or a runner.

    Fancy Tablecloths – so many options available! Choose your colors and style to match your dishes or to add a special touch to your table.

     

     Fabrics – some beautiful options for those that like to sew.

     

    Rugs – you can also choose to weave one of the many rugs offered on our new Farmhouse Projects class page during a Favorites class week.

     

    In fact, many of the Favorites projects can be woven during our Farmhouse Projects class, as well, if those dates work better for you.

     

    Vävstuga Treasures

    We are offering two new, gorgeous Treasures projects for 2019:  Jan 30-Feb 1,  Feb 6-8, Mar 6-9, Mar 27-29 still have space this winter, and more dates are available in the spring.  Choose either the Plattväv coverlet, with optional sheepskin backing, or the exquisite Jamtlandsdräll tablecloth.

    We’ll be adding a new picture of the tablecloth as soon as Becky weaves one, but this scan gives you an idea of the project detail.

    2019 Class postcard erratum

    Apologies to those that receive our 2019 class postcard mailing. Unfortunately there was a date error for a class.


    The correct dates for Inge Dam’s Pebble Weaving with Tablets Meets Fabric class are July 16-19.

    We are so excited to welcome Inge to Vävstuga!  There are currently 4 spaces still available in the class.

     

    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 2018

    Space Available in upcoming Winter classes

    Sagas & Fluff: November 26-30

    Feeling spontaneous?  We have an opening the week after Thanksgiving in the Sagas & Fluff class. We hope one of you will join us for this special week focusing on weft-faced weaves including Rya, Flossa, Dubblebindning, Gubbetacke, Bound Rosepath variations, Corduroy, and Weft-faced ticking and plain weave.

    Vävstuga Favorites

    Come and weave something beautiful before, or after, the holidays! There are a few spaces in the December 4-7 and 11-14, 2018 and in the January 7-11, 2019 Vävstuga Favorites weeks. A great way to end, or start, the year.

    Vävstuga Basics

    An opening just became available in the January 28-February 1, 2019 Vävstuga Basics class. If this is on your wish list, call us to register.

    We also still have a few spaces open in our February 4-8 and February 25-March 1 Vävstuga Basics class weeks and one space left in our March 4-8 class week.

    New Books

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

    Now available in English, and in paperback, this beautiful book from the Scandinavian weaving magazine Vävmagasinet combines many unusual and effective techniques to create 45 brilliant new designs that could keep any inspired weaver busy for a long time.

    Vevtradisjon til hygge og nytte

    We are delighted to offer this beautiful book featuring wonderful examples of Skillbragd (Smålandsväv in Swedish) and other weaving structures from the Ranen Husflidslag (arts & crafts organization) in Norway. Great photographs of new and old coverlets, designed or collected by Brynhild Petersen who founded this Husflidslag and rewoven by 31 current members of the organization.

     New Yarn-in-a-Jar Design Tools

    We have two new Yarn-in-a-Jars ready for your rug designing pleasure. We have combined our Cotton Rug Warp and Linen Rug Warp in one jar and also offer a Cotton String Yarn jar. These products should be available on our website by tomorrow.

     

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

    Sale begins at midnight (11:59pm) on Wednesday, November 21st and

    ends at midnight (11:59pm) on Wednesday, November 28th

    (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 21st – Sunday, November 25th

    Order processing will resume on Monday, November 26th and sales will be processed in the order in which they were received.

    Regular phone hours, Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm, will resume Tuesday, November 27th.

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

     

    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.