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  • May 2009

    We are delighted to announce our new apprenticeship program at Vävstuga! Every apprentice will have the rare opportunity to be immersed in the world of Swedish weaving for a concentrated period of time.

    We are also pleased to introduce Susan Conover, who came on board as our new operations manager on March 1, 2009.

    We want to draw your attention to a new blog concerned with local Fiber Arts, Valley Fiber Life. Check out their recent article about us!

    Vävstuga days was a very successful event for us here last month. Our loom room was bustling and full every day.

    April 2009

    We invite the public to come and weave during our Spring Vävstuga Days! This event will be next week Tuesday-Saturday, April 28-May 2. We will be open each day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and the looms will be fully dressed with beautiful spring projects. If you are interested in signing up to weave with us next week, please contact us right away — our Friday schedule is already completely full.

    A couple of our upcoming classes still have some openings:

    Memorial gathering, Tuesday 7 April

    Obituary notice for Susan Robbins, business owner in Shelburne Falls, MA

    Susan Lynn Robbins, 56, of Shelburne Falls, died on April 1 in Waltham after a long illness.

    Born in New York City on June 6, 1952, she was the daughter of Jean Robbins and the late Dr. Jacob Robbins. She grew up in Bethesda (Maryland), and graduated from Walt Whitman High School. She studied violin from the age of five and during high school years attended Greenwood Music Camp in Cummington and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

    In 1990 Susan moved to Shelburne Falls, where she opened a weaving shop, Textile Arts, on Bridge Street. In 2000 she remodeled the former Shea House on Water Street and moved her shop to the small building next door, adjacent to the Bridge of Flowers. In December of 2005 a fire demolished the interior of the Shea House, home to the restaurant “A Bottle of Bread.” Susan spent the following year rebuilding the house and creating space for a weaving school. With business partner Becky Ashenden, in 2007 Susan created Vävstuga Swedish Weaving & Folk Arts in the refurbished building, using the top floor for rooming accommodations and as a bed and breakfast.

    Susie (Susanna) will always be remembered for her kind friendship and eye for beauty. It shone through in her weaving, gardens, and the lovely details of the building that houses Vävstuga Swedish Weaving & Folk Arts.

    She is survived by her mother, her sister Alice Robbins and husband Walter Denny of Amherst, her brother Mark Robbins and wife Robin of Seattle, and their children Andrew, Katherine and Jennifer.

    The community will host a Memorial Gathering open to the public on Tuesday, April 7, from 4:30 to 8pm at Vävstuga, 16 Water Street in Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vävstuga Scholarship Fund at the above address. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

    Susanna Robbins passes on

    It is with heartfelt sadness that we inform friends of Vävstuga that Susanna Robbins passed away on April 1, 2009.

    A partner in the organization, she will always be remembered for her kind friendship and eye for beauty. It shone through in her weaving, gardens, and the lovely details of the building that houses Vävstuga Swedish Weaving & Folk Arts.

    Susanna Robbins

    February 2009

    Because of an outstanding enrollment in our February & March Basics classes we have added yet another Vävstuga Basics Class to the schedule, May 4-8th.

    Mark your calendars with Vävstuga Days April 28 – May 2. We are planning lots of beautiful Spring warps for your weaving pleasure. Bring your friends!

    The following week-long classes still have some openings:

    • Heirlooms, March 30-April 3.
      Come experience a variety of beautiful traditional Swedish techniques as well as fine-tuning your loom dressing and weaving skills.
    • Curtains and Drapes, May 18-22
      We have been researching some beautiful drafts for this class. We plan to have beams wound ahead of time to ensure more weaving time for each student.

    The following 2-day classes have openings:

    • Dubbelbinding Rug, March 23-24
      Striking designs are possible in this technique. the high quality linen warp along with either wool or cotton rags in the weft make a very sturdy and beautiful rug.
    • Traditional Rosepath, May 11-12
      Learn to design and weave these timeless geometric patterns. if you enjoy playing with colors, you will love this class.
    • Bound Rosepath, May 14-15
      This one-sided weave allows for very detailed geometric patterns, or actual pictures of people, animals, houses, or anything else imaginable that can be drawn symmetrically on a width of five squares. We will spend time learning to design as well as weave this intriguing technique.

    It’s a blog!

    The Vävstuga News has spiffy new infrastructure! We’re now running WordPress for a full-fledged interactive blog experience. Stay tuned for an update about how this will interact with your mailing list and other notification options.

    New books, new Basics class

    Check out our 8 new books in the bookstore!

    We have added a Basics class to the calendar for May 4-8.

    January 2009

    We have just received our yarn shipment from Borgs, so this would be a good time to stock up on Tuna for making blankets, as well as our other Borgs yarns!

    We are delighted that our currently scheduled Basics classes in February and March are nearly filled. As a result of this we are considering adding a Basics Class a week of March 23-27. This would replace the already scheduled 2-day Dubbelbindning Rug class March 23-24. Any of you who have been interested in this Rug class should speak up soon. Also let us know of your interest in a Basics class March 23-27. We will wait to hear from you before making a decision.

    We have also made a correction on our schedule concerning the Curtains and Drapes class May 18-22, which is a weeklong class.
    This may be a special one-time offering, so anyone interested should consider it this year.

    There are still a few slots left in Weaver’s Choice class January 26-30. Our large loom has not yet been claimed for this class, so come make a big tablecloth!

    The Swedish Rag Rug February 9-10, and Dressing the Loom March 2-3 are filling quickly, so let us know as soon as possible if you are considering these.

    There has been a contingent of students interested in scheduling a Drawloom class early in 2010.
    We can add one of these classes to the schedule next year if we have enough students willing to commit to it. Let us know.

    Let us know what other specialty classes you may be interested in seeing offered in the future.

    December 2008

    You are all invited to come and weave on our looms December 9-13! They are dressed with beautiful holiday projects for Vävstuga Days.

    Our February and March Basics classes have been filling quickly, so if you have been thinking about these, contact us right away.

    Any of you who would like either a refresher, or introduction to our loom dressing techniques, should consider our Dressing the Loom class March 2-3.

    We do still have some openings in our January Weaver’s Choice class.

    November 2008

    Join us for Vävstuga Days, our annual week-long open house. All of our looms will be decked out with festive warps all ready to weave. Little or no experience is necessary and ample instruction will be given. December 9-13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., including afternoon teatime with Swedish cakes and cookies. Contact us to sign up for a slot, or just take a chance and show up.

    Our Weaver’s Choice class January 26-30 still has some slots left. Have a look at the recent projects gallery for inspiration from what some of our students have recently done in this class!

    If you would like a job weaving traditional Swedish fabric in a style appropriate to make an apron from the region of either Värmland or Södermanland, contact:

    Janet Johnson
    jjohn30254@comcast.net / 301-962-3788
    3606 Janet Road, Silver Spring MD 20906