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  • August 2008

    We at Vävstuga have had the incredible fortune of receiving a generous gift from Mary Chase in Maine. We have built an entire new bookcase for her donation of weaving books. Her collection of woven pieces will be a wonderful resource for our future classes.

    We are preparing for our trip to Sweden in September to their national weaving conference.

    Watch for several 2-day class offerings in our 2009 schedule, which we hope to have posted by the beginning of September.

    July 2008

    We are delighted to inform you that
    The Swedish Weaving Book: Project Planning, Loom Dressing, and Finishing, the long-awaited instructional weaving book that Becky has been working on translating for several years, has arrived!! It is very much in stock and ready for immediate shipment.

    Becky’s new DVD, Weaving on the Julia, is also now available. Many of the straightforward and simple methods are applicable to many looms. It is an excellent instructional DVD for beginners, and presents different techniques from those found in her previous DVDs.

    Our Vävstuga Club members have had a productive summer so far and we are looking forward to lots more weaving activity here in our busy months of August and September.

    We will be putting together our 2009 schedule shortly. Feel free to send us your requests for the class schedule.

    June 2008

    Becky’s new instructional DVD, Weaving on the Julia, is now ready for release with the first shipment of the new Julia looms!

    Our new addition to the schedule from last month, Traditional Swedish Rosepath (July 28-29), is starting to fill, but we have room for a few more students.

    Here is our update on special workshops for the summer. Please contact Susanna for more details about any of these. We hope that, despite the short notice, you might take advantage of some of these opportunities.

    • Latvian Mittens (June 16-17): The accomplished knitter Linda Daniels, from Northampton Wools, is offering a 2-day class June 16-17 in knitting Latvian mittens using our wonderful Swedish yarns. Lunches will be provided
      and staying overnight is an option. Please let us know soon if you’re interested.
    • Straw Plaiting (June 29): The birch bark class scheduled for June 29 has been revised and will instead be another straw plaiting workshop with Lark Leonard, who did a wonderful straw ornament class for us last November. Today we’ll start with simple techniques, and progress to more challenging hollow core plaiting in the afternoon. The fee for this class is $70 plus materials. Bring a bag lunch, or get carry-out from one of the local eateries.
    • Natural Dye Workshop (July 7-8): Jody McKenzie, of Botanical Shades dye studio, will offer a 2-day dye workshop July 7-8. The first day will be spent mordanting fiber and dyeing with natural dye extracts, the second day will be dyeing with indigo. We will use wool, cotton and linen yarns. One may attend either one of these days for $90 or both days for $150, plus materials. Staying overnight is an option. Bring a bag lunch, or carry-out for us to enjoy together.
    • Tatting (date TBA): There has been some interest in tatting, and Susanna would be happy to teach a session on this technique. Please let us know if you are interested and we will schedule a time and date.

    [update 6/6/08]

    We have another exciting new offering in our lineup of special summer classes:

    Weaving Design
    special guest teacher from Sweden!
    August 11-12 [update 6/20/08: class dates now July 30-31]
    We are pleased to offer a special design class for weavers with Marie Stålberg. Marie has been a professional rug weaver and weaving teacher in Sweden for many years, and taught a special week-long class in Swedish Rug Techniques at Becky’s Vävstuga several years back. Her mother (Ulla Stålberg) was Becky’s design teacher in Sweden at Sätergläntan in 1981. On the first day we will design stripes and plaids for rep weave, rag rugs, runners, and more; we’ll also paint with
    watercolors and “linda med garn” (make wrappings with yarn). The second day we will use the same techniques for monksbelt and rosepath. You’re welcome to attend for one day or for both. Some weaving experience recommended.

    May 2008

    Lark Leonard, who taught a wonderful straw ornament workshop for us last year, will join us again to teach a class in making a small woven birch bark basket in the Scandinavian tradition. The class will take place Sunday, June 29, 10 AM – 5 PM, and will cost $50. Class size is limited, so contact us soon so as not to miss this opportunity.

    Our Swedish Heirlooms class May 12-16 and our Weavers Choice class June 2-6 are filling with some wonderful weavers. There is still a chance for you to join them if you can squeeze it into your schedule.

    Becky has been busy this spring doing the final edits on her translation of The Swedish Weaving Book (Väv Boken),
    which should appear in print later this summer.

    Becky is also working on the final details of a new DVD, featuring streamlined basic weaving instruction on the new Julia loom from Glimakra. It is the instructional DVD that will come with the new looms, but it will also be of great use to anyone as an instructional tool for easy and readily accessible warping techniques using tools that require minimal investment.

    We’re adding another new class to our schedule: Traditional Swedish Rosepath, offered July 28-29. These stunning weft-faced techniques are simple to do and only require four shafts.

    March/April 2008

    Due to overflow from our winter classes, we have added a Vävstuga Basics class to the schedule April 14-18.
    We do still have some openings that week, so let us know if you are interested, and tell your friends.

    One more scheduling change: Our fall Weavers Choice class will be moving to the week of October 20-24.

    Vävstuga will host some special workshops during the summer months of June and July. In the planning stages are a day-long course to make a small Swedish style birch bark woven basket, a two-day Latvian mittens class using our wonderful wool yarns, and a woven backpack basket class. We will send more information as plans progress. Do let us know if any of these interest you, as these workshops will accommodate only a small number of students.

    My friend Gisela Von Weisz is offering a very interesting class in Sweden next summer. I wish I could go, but maybe some of you can instead!

    5-day workshop in Sweden, June 2009

    What: 5-day workshop in Shaftswitching with Gisela von Weisz.

    When: June 8-12, 2009

    Where: At Hemse Folkhögskola (adult education school), on the island of Gotland, Sweden’s largest island, situated in the Baltic Sea.

    Equipment: There are 7 countermarch looms, 8 other looms and a few other small looms. A lot of different yarns are for sale; if you choose to use rags, you will have to bring your own.

    Projects: Samples for carpets, upholstery, tablecloth, and clothing. All warps will be wound, but not beamed, threaded, etc.

    Techniques: Weft-faced compound tabby (taqueté), weft-faced compound twill (samit), and if there is time, liseré. (Corduroy is a liseré).

    Class size: Minimum 12 participants, maximum 14.

    Costs: Room prices are per person per day. All include full board: breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks morning and afternoon, and an evening sandwich. Prices below are for summer 2008 at current exchange rates; next year’s costs will be decided in August 2008.

    • Double room, private bath: SEK 485 ($79)
    • Double room, shared bath: SEK 385 ($63)
    • Single room, private bath: SEK 590 ($96)
    • Single room, shared bath: SEK 485 ($79)
    • Workshop: approx. SEK 1000-1200 ($163-195)

    The school has a bus that can take us on excursions at an extra cost. The bus will fetch you at the ferry or airport. We can stay 1 or 2 extra nights afterward for sightseeing. Gotland has a lot to offer, interesting craftspeople and a beautiful city, Visby, and interesting nature.

    For more information: Gisela von Weisz, giselavonweisz@telia.com

    February 2008

    The new pricelist is now online. You’ll see updated prices throughout our Store.
    Our new shipping policy provides simple and cost-effective flat-rate shipping for all purchases, and FREE SHIPPING for orders totalling over $300!

    We have added a Vävstuga Basics class to our schedule April 14-18. (This will replace the Swedish Rug Techniques class previously scheduled at this time.)

    I recently came home from a wonderful trip to Sweden. I had the pleasure of visiting with Doris Wicklund and her husband Jean in Kiruna, which lies above the Arctic Circle. She is the author of four wonderful weaving books, including Det Gamla Linneskåpet: Från tuskaft till damast (The Old Linen Closet: From plain weave to damask) and En Annan Bild av Lappland (Another picture of Lappland). I have been translating her second book, Old Swedish Weavings from North to South, and this was a chance for us to meet in person. We had a delightful time getting to know each other. The amount and quality of her weaving is simply astounding!

    January 2008

    Our mini-movie this month is Julia, the little red loom from Glimakra. The introductory price for the new loom is $595 for the two-shaft version. I have been working with the designers and manufacturers over the last several months to fine-tune this darling little loom for optimal comfort and function. It has easily produced a four-shaft rag rug in Rosepath, as well as a six-shaft twill and a six-shaft block weave. If you put your order in right away we can be sure that Glimakra will make enough of them in their first manufacturing run.

    We also have two new yarns to offer this month. Brage yarn from Borgs is a 7/2 sport weight wool yarn with more twist and a tighter ply than the Tuna blanket wool. It is excellent for pattern floats and tapestry techniques. It comes in 100 g skeins of 350 meters and has lots of beautiful colors. Borgs Boucle is wonderful for towels with a cottolin warp! We have brought in the whole line; take a look.

    Our substantial price increase is imminent but has not quite happened yet, so you still have a chance for a few more weeks at our current prices for equipment and yarns.

    Our new class, Weaver’s Choice, is holding its first session January 21-25. We have a great group, but there are still a few slots left in case any of you are interested. This class is open to first-timers with us.

    December 2007

    In case you missed our festive postcard in the mail…

    Seasonal Celebration!

    We welcome all to try their hand at weaving
    Join us for a week of Seasonal Celebration at Vävstuga

    December 10-14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    The looms will be dressed in holiday finery in the tradition of
    Scandinavian Christmas. To come weave with us, see details below.

    Plus, a PARTY!
    Friday December 14, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    fiddle tunes, baked goodies, more weaving
    Come weave, watch, visit and enjoy

    Details: Come celebrate the season with us and weave Christmas napkins or runners. All of our looms will be decked out with festive warps and ready to go. Little or no experience is necessary and ample instruction will be given. Swedish cookies and cakes will come out at mid-morning and mid-afternoon coffee times. Entrance is free for Vävstuga Club members, $5/day for non-members; materials charged by the piece. Contact us to plan weaving time, or just take your chances and stop by.

    November 2007

    We are sorry to say that starting in 2008, our equipment and yarn prices will need to go up, due to increased costs as well as the dropping dollar. We encourage you to stock up in these next two months. If you have been considering a loom, now would be a good time to get one!

    Our trip to the Glimakra loom factory in Sweden a few weeks ago was a tremendous success. We packed a lot into our three days including a visit with the makers of Texsolv as well as a look at the factory. We also visited Karin Myrehed who makes the drawloom attachments.

    “Fashion” is the name of Glimakra’s charming new little red loom. We had the opportunity to examine the first prototype and consult with the makers. We will be receiving two of them here at Vävstuga in a few weeks to try out and put on display. The weaving width of this loom is 70 cm (27.5 inches) and it is a fraction of the price of the 70 cm Ideal. We will post photographs on our website as soon as the loom comes in. You can see one in person at the Swedish Yuletide celebration in Boston on December 8.

    Is anyone interested in a large Belgian loom from the 1700s? Call 978-263-7972 and ask for Gun.

    Our mini-movie of the month shows an easy way to remove extra shafts from the loom without removing the heddles.

    Come weave with us at our special Christmas week from December 10-14. This is a unique opportunity to come try out our Glimakra looms and experience our Vävstuga.

    October 2007

    The 2008 Vävkalender is in! Reserve yours while the supply lasts.

    Our doors will be open for the Fiber Twist weekend October 27-28.

    There has been one change in the 2008 class schedule. Our Vävstuga Basics class will be held September 15-19, which is one week later than the original schedule specified. This will allow us to attend the Svenska Vävrådet weaving conference in Sweden.

    Two new looms are going into production this Fall at the Glimakra factory. We will show you pictures as soon as they are available. Let us know of your interest so we order enough of them.

    • A smaller economy style floor loom (depth of Ideal but narrower widths and very attractive price)
    • Victoria folding table loom that comes with 4, 8 or 16 shafts

    Our mini-movie of the month is about quickly reattaching a warp after cutting, which is something we do on a regular basis here at Vävstuga. This saves time and yarn if you need to cut off your project before you finish your warp.

    We do still have some slots in our Swedish Heirlooms class November 26-30.

    Becky and Susanna will be taking a trip to Sweden towards the end of October to spend some time at the Glimakra loom factory. Stay tuned!

    September 2007

    You will find more options for first-timers to Vävstuga in our 2008 class schedule.

    We are pleased to be offering two new classes this year:

    Here is a listing of our 2008 class schedule for easy reference:

    Or… the same information by date:

    Vävstuga Club days will be held Wed.- Sat., 9-5 PM the week after every week-long class.

    Twisting fringe on a rag rug is the mini-movie for this month, to give you a taste of our new two-day rug class offering for 2008.

    We just got a new shipment of warping trapezes in stock, as well as steady loom feet and large shaft safety pins, for those of you who have been waiting for them.

    Our Vävstuga Club members joined us recently for a delightful evening of planning future projects, followed by a scrumptious evening tea time at our dining table decked in its new damask tablecloth.

    August 2007

    We are putting together our schedule for next year. If you have any particular requests, this would be a good time to let us know. One goal for next year is to make more of the classes available for newcomers to Vävstuga. Some classes may focus more on setting up the loom and general technique at various levels, and other classes may include less setup time and more weaving time. Please let us know what you think about this idea.

    The Fiber Twist, October 27 and 28, is an event to put on your calendar. This weekend fiber event includes a central marketplace as well as the opportunity to take tours of various local farms, schools, etc.

    Our newly established bed and breakfast will be available for those who would like to come from “away.” Vavstuga Club precedes that week — a good opportunity for a fall “getaway.”

    Our mini-movie offering for this month is a demonstration on winding a butterfly shuttle. We are right in the middle of a rug class while I am writing this, and we are making lots of butterfly shuttles used for rölakan, rya and flossa techniques. Students are enjoying using our specially made flossa bars.

    We very much enjoyed attending NEWS last month. We took an Ideal Loom as well as a Standard Loom, and lots of shelves full of yarns and books. We were delighted to see so many former students at our booth. Thank you all!

    July 2007

    We are planning and preparing our booth for NEWS (New England Weavers Seminar). We will have two Glimakra looms on display as well as lots of yarns, books and equipment. There will be loom dressing demos as well as a chance for the public to experience threading and weaving on these looms. Come check our booth early for the details.

    Our September Basics session is full, but we have had some cancellations in our August 20-24 Basics class, so let us know if this is of interest to you or your friends.

    Our Linens class is coming right up so we are offering a glimpse of what we will be up to in this month’s mini-movie about hackling flax.

    We have now opened Vävstuga Bed & Breakfast, a guest house in our upstairs space. Shelburne Falls can be a charming place to stay even when you are not taking a class with us. Our details will be up soon.

    June 2007

    The following new yarns are now listed in the store, along with a little bit of information about Bockens and Borgs, who manufacture some of the finest weaving materials to be found.

    • Tuna yarn (wool yarn for blankets from Borgs)
    • Mopp yarn
    • String yarn in three sizes
    • 2/2 cotton (good blanket weight)
    • 24/2 cotton
    • 30/2 cotton

    Our mini-movie this month features an aluminum beam protector. It can protect the front or back beams from getting grooves caused by beam cords. It can also protect a delicate warp from a rough beam.

    We had a very enthusiastic and supportive crowd the weekend of our open house. The looms were in action, the music was heartwarming and the food was beautiful and delicious.

    May 2007

    We are pleased to announce the addition of Borgs Tuna, String and Mopp yarns to our store as well as several colors of 24/2 cotton and 30/2 cotton. We have currently in stock over 100 colors of the Tuna, which is some of the best blanket wool to be found. We also have some stock of other Borgs yarns as well; feel free to inquire. [Look for full listings of these in our online store later this month.]

    Our mini-movie of the month demonstrates proper removal of unused heddles from a shaft for storage.

    Open House!   .:.   Saturday, May 19, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.   .:.   Sunday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    If you have not received an invite in the mail for this grand event please let us know and we will send you one. The new store and teaching facility is absolutely beautiful and we welcome you to come and see it. We will have traditional Swedish fiddle music live both days as well as Swedish style snacks. Come meet our special guests from Sweden who own the Glimakra loom factory!

    April 2007

    Susie will be in the store this Wednesday thru Saturday, April 4-7, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. to conduct our first week of business for walk-in customers. Becky will be in the store the second week of April at those same regular hours. We welcome you to come and see us if you are close by or passing through.

    The mini-movie for this month shows steady loom feet.

    The last dumpster got removed from the premises today! Our newly renovated building gets more beautiful every day. We are eager to share it with all of you.

    March 2007

    Our store will officially open to the public on Wednesday, April 4.

    Our spring hours will be Wed-Sat 2:00-5:00 and by appointment. We hope you will come and see the new store. If you want to make a trip of it you could consider spending the night in one of our cozy rooms upstairs.

    We had our first class in the new school room last week and it was absolutely heavenly! We are looking forward to many wonderful times here and encourage you all to come see us and spread the word.

    Open House!

    We are delighted to announce May 19-20 as the dates of our Open House! Come see our new Glimakra-filled classroom, our store overflowing with Swedish yarns and equipment, our beautiful glassed-in porch dining area, as well as our resident quarters upstairs.

    We are overjoyed that new owners of the Glimakra loom factory in Sweden are planning to attend our Open House. They are eager to meet and speak with Swedish weaving enthusiasts from the USA. Let’s not disappoint them!

    The doors will open Saturday at 5:00 p.m. This grand event will end Sunday at 5 p.m. Don’t miss this fun-filled weekend of weaving, shopping, Swedish music, refreshments and great people!

    [update 3/25/07]

    This month’s mini-movie demonstrates using shaft safety pins and folding up the shafts.

    February 2007

    The new building that will house our store and classes and students is coming along beautifully. We will be a bit harder to get ahold of than usual this month due to our move, which will take place the third week of February. Do contact us if you would like to sign up for a class. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

    Have a look at Börja Väv (Begin to Weave), just arrived in the bookstore. It is in Swedish but has an English supplement. This is a charming book.

    The mini-movie this month shows how to make your own Vävstuga Tie-Up cords out of Texsolv cord!

    January 2007

    Welcome to Vävstuga LLC, Swedish Weaving and Folk Arts! The new business has now officially started, although it will still be several weeks before we can actually move into the new location. The flooring has gone down and will be sanded soon. I will still be conducting business at home for now, but under the new name.

    As promised in previous months, the two new rag rug books are finally in stock. Älskade Trasmattor: Att väva som förr is very traditional in colors and patterns. Favourite Rag Rugs is more on the contemporary and innovative side. The 2007 weaving calendar is also in the store now that we are in the new year!

    Both of my videos are now available on DVD.

    The mini-movie this month demonstrates how to handle a brand new bundle of heddles without creating a tangled mess!

    We may be closed for a few weeks in February to make our transition. I recommend you plan ahead and make your purchases in January to avoid any disappointments. We look forward to serving you better than ever in our new location!

    [update 1/11/07]

    Our Grand Opening will be sometime in April or May, exact date yet to be announced. Those of you who have written the February open house down on your calendars should remove it from your calendars. A recent discussion with our builder has put some reality into the situation.

    December 2006

    The 2007 class information is now online. Becky’s Väv Stuga will be turning over into our new business, Vävstuga Swedish Weaving and Folk Arts, on January 1st. We have many more activities planned for the next year than Becky’s Väv Stuga was able to offer in the past. You will see that as well as the week long live-in classes, we are also offering many two-day classes. In addition to that we are introducing the Vävstuga Club. Check out the advantages of being a Vävstuga club member.

    The mini movie for this month demonstrates a great way to attach the front and back tie-on bars to the loom using cord loops.

    I am expecting the two new rag rug books to come in within a week or two, as well as Väv Kalendar 2007, so stay tuned.

    I have warped a loom this week for 140 cm wide tablecloths of 30/2 cotton in a 10-shaft satin block weave. I will weave it with single ply linen. One of the tablecloths will be in use at the new school next year. I’ve enjoyed recorded books while threading and sleying the more than 3000 threads!

    November 2006

    My video Dress Your Swedish Drawloom is out on DVD now. Dress Your Loom the Swedish Way, my first video, is due to come out on DVD as well later this month.

    The schedule for next year at the new facility is nearly complete. In addition to the week-long intensive classes, we will be offering an array of two-day classes, as well as Vavstuga Club days, during which we will invite members to come and weave with us. Details will be forthcoming later this month. Be sure to sign up on our mailing list if you want notification.

    I am currently weaving some hand towels in halvdräll according to a Swedish book from the 1920s, using 30/2 cotton warp with 20/1 linen weft. Come take a class with us so you can use them to wipe your hands before dinner! I have also wound three blanket warps using up old cones of Swedish blanket yarn, which makes for very colorful designs. These blankets will also be in use at the new school.

    October 2006

    Weave Structures the Swedish Way by Ulla Getzmann is at the printer right now and delivery is scheduled for mid-October!! I am delighted I can finally make my translation of this book available because the writing is so clear and concise on the subject of drafting. I am taking orders for this book now and will ship them in mid-October.

    I am currently making both of my video available on DVD. Dress your Swedish Drawloom is being duplicated now. Watch my publishing page for updates on when I will be getting them in. I have already started the process for my first video, Dress Your Loom the Swedish Way. I will post updates as things progress.

    The mini movie for this month is about sleying the reed with a buddy.

    [update 10/12/06]

    Weave Structures the Swedish Way is now officially in print and is available for purchase!

    August/September 2006

    There are two new books in the bookstore this month, one in Swedish and one in English. Norwegian Tapestry Weaving is a real gold mine of techniques with great diagrams throughout. The other book, En Annan Bild by Doris Wiklund (the author of Det Gamla Linneskåpet), has a wealth of tapestry and picture weaving techniques as well.

    The mini movie for this month features flossa bars, the tool used to make woven pile rugs.

    The new in town location for Väv Stuga classes continues to progress. We now have windows in place, new shingles and new chimneys. My partner in this new venture, Susie Robbins, and I have gone window shopping at IKEA for furnishing ideas. The new school will have a very Swedish feel to it and we are excited to see it coming together. The connecting alley between the school room and the store is going up this week and we get to consider options for yarn shelves.

    I harvested my small crop of flax at the end of July and we did some retting and breaking and scutching, etc., during the summer linens class.

    July 2006

    The vavstuga in Shelburne Falls is progressing by leaps and bounds and we expect to be moving classes to this facility early next year. The building is right next to the renowned Bridge of Flowers and has an exquisite view of the Deerfield river out the back. There will be ample lodging upstairs with a kitchen and common room. Meals will be served downstairs on the beautiful all-season back porch.

    I have several new mini-movies ready to go but due to technical difficulties they’ll just have to wait. Check back next month.

    June 2006

    The main news this month is that I will be out of town for the entire month of June and back to work the 2nd week of July. Look for more news around mid-July.

    Happy Summer!!

    May 2006

    My pricelist and catalog for looms and weaving equipment are now accesible online!

    I will be away the entire month of June. Any orders taken in May will be shipped promptly but other shipments will have to wait until July.

    As many of you know, I have developed a new tie-up system for Glimakra countermarch looms that eliminates the need for all the little plastic pegs to be used under the treadles. This tie-up is now viewable online. I will be adding photos to this page by and by.

    The mini movie of the month is the art of “puddling.” My students will know this refers to technique that is frequently useful for fixing mistakes while winding a warp.

    I finally have news to share about my translated drafting book. No, it’s not available yet, but I do now have a signed contract with the rights holder to publish the most recent edition of the book. (That is not the edition I started with, which is only one of the reasons that this project is taking so long.) The new final copy is nearly ready and I need to send it to Sweden for a three-month check-over by the rights holder. After that I have permission to print, which will take another few months. There is some light at the end of this tunnel!

    April 2006

    Doris Wiklund’s books are coveted by weavers who collect Swedish weaving books, and when the supply is gone they are difficult to find used. Her newest book, Det Gamla Linneskåpet, now available in the bookstore, is a real beauty with many drawloom patterns as well as conventional weaving patterns. Om Fellen Kunne Fortelle is another Norwegian treasure on coverlets mostly in skillbragd (smålandsväv) technique. It has gorgeous photographs and very clear threading and treadling drafts. This technique is a featured chapter in my Dress Your Swedish Drawloom video.

    The Glimakra maufacturers and I have designed a new warping trapeze that is simple to use and of the same high quality craftsmanship as the looms. It comes with two upright pieces and locking braces. You can buy or use your own counterbalance beam for the upper cross bar, or you can use any piece of smooth sturdy wood or a metal pole. A similar trapeze can be seen my mini movie. The new trapeze costs $95.00 and will be listed in my store soon.

    I custom ordered two styles of weaving swords: a thick one for weaving sword damask, and a thin one for weaving opphamta, as seen in the book Damask and Opphämta as well as in my video Dress Your Swedish Drawloom. The price of each style of sword is $18.00.

    Also in stock now are 10-shaft Ideal 100cm countermarch looms. Some of the parts are thinner to accommodate the extra shafts and treadles.

    The manufacturers also made me a special treadle beam which will allow my 120cm loom to hold either 10 regular style treadles or 16 thinner treadles in the same space. This means that I can now switch back and forth between the regular 10-shaft setup and the 16-shaft setup without taking the loom apart each time to switch treadle beams.

    A new mini movie may appear later this month, so stay tuned.

    March 2006

    The mini movie for this month features a warp stick collector that can be mounted on the back treadle beam. This is a convenient for both warping and storage.

    I’ve completed many new sample pieces for my intro class. There is a napkin or apron in plain weave of Swedish 8/2 cotton, a blanket of Borgs Tuna yarn, a cottolin runner in a warp-dominant plain weave, an eight-shaft block weave in 16/2 linen, and goose-eye square in 16/2 cotton. The towel will have cottolin warp and 8/1 tow linen weft. The projects are designed to give a well rounded introduction to Swedish yarns as well as the looms and techniques. Come join the fun and sign up for a class!

    I have also been preparing for my Swedish heirlooms class later this spring by weaving a halvdrÄll runner with cottolin warp and linen weft. A tablecloth in m’s and o’s is on another loom with two colors of 16/2 cotton in the warp and two colors of 16/1 linen for weft. I will be serving meals on it during my first class of the season, which I’m looking forward to later this month.

    February 2006

    January has been a month of cleaning, reorganizing, and designing a totally new set of projects for my introductory weaving class. All of the projects will be using the high-quality Swedish yarns that have been finding more and more room on my shelves. Students will now become familiar with at least 7 of these yarns in 6 different projects including cottons, linens, cottolin and wool.

    This month’s mini movie features two students who were here last November. They demonstrate the delight of sharing the experience of weaving with a buddy. Weaving a blanket with two people can really feel like less than half of the work. Do try this at home and let me know how you like it!

    I will be teaching a special one-day session later this month that has been organized by a local group of weavers. It is a Swedish language class for weavers. It promises to be a fun and rewarding day and it has pushed me to work on the Swedish-English weaving glossary that I have been working on. I do plan to offer this glossary for sale in the near future in the bookstore.

    [update 2/10/06]

    My new email announcement list is now working! If I already have your email address, you have been subscribed automatically. If not, please do sign up if you’re interested in hearing concise e-mail updates from me a few times a year concerning class schedule changes, book publications, newly stocked equipment, and anything else newsworthy. I do not plan to send out any more postal mailings so I encourage you to join this list if you want me to stay in touch.

    January 2006

    The new mini movie for this month shows a cute little floor loom that weaves bands.

    I’ve recently ordered two new books for the bookstore that have been requested by many of you. One is titled Det Gamla Linneskåpet by Doris Wiklund. She has made many wonderful weaving books and this one is no exception. It is a good source for drawloom patterns as well as many regular weaving designs. I have also ordered another great Norwegian book on traditional Norwegian coverlets titled Om Fellen Kunne Fortelle which includes several skillbragd smålandsväv patterns. These two books should be in stock in February or March.

    I have received a shipment of special band weaving supplies from Sätergläntan, where I learned to weave in Sweden. I have been weaving a pick-up patterned band with twelve red wool pattern threads on an 8/2 unbleached linen ground warp. The patterns are from a local traditional band that I graphed last September while I was at the school. The new band weaving equipment is in stock and available now. It will also be appearing in the form of a mini movie soon, so stay tuned.

    The other piece of very exciting news is the possibility of a sister Swedish weaving/fiber arts school starting up near here in Shelburne Falls. This school is only in the very early stages of discussion and we welcome any feedback or suggestions of any kind. The school could provide opportunities previously unavailable at Becky’s Vav Stuga such as:

    • Specialty weekend classes with various guest teachers
    • Weaving instruction not limited to intensive weeklong classes
    • Open studio use

    Subjects beyond floor loom weaving could include:

    • Band weaving
    • Bobbin Lace
    • Nålbindning (“needle looping”)
    • Straw ornaments
    • Baskets
    • Knitting
    • Birchbark vessels

    Please send your suggestions.

    December 2005

    Due to demand I have added a second week of rug class to the schedule. It will be held April 30 – May 6.

    Three new books in the bookstore this month include one in English: Royal Silks that I mentioned last month is in stock. Also on the shelf are a brand new version of Stora Vävboken and a very playful book, Väv Som Aldrig Förr, using very unusual and innovative materials.

    I am working with the Glimakra manufacturers on a slightly modified warping trapeze design that I hope to have in stock this spring.

    I have also custom ordered some 10 shaft Ideal looms. If you are interested in reserving one of these, let me know. It will also be possible to convert an existing 6 or 8 shaft Ideal up to a 10 shaft loom.

    The busy 2005 class season has ended, and classes will not resume untill March so I’ll have lots of time to play and experiment at the loom in preparation for even more exciting classes in the future. I have lots of ideas already but would also be interested in hearing your input about what you would like to see on future class schedules.

    No new mini movie this month. Check back in January.

    November 2005

    The class schedule for next year is finally up. My classes have been filling quickly so register as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

    The mini movie for this month is Unweaving, method 1.

    I anticipate having several new books in stock this month in addition to the eight new ones that appeared in the bookstore last month. One of these is called Royal Silks and is in English. One of the authors of this book is Ulla Cyrus-Zetterström who is helping me bring these books in.

    I am busy weaving off the leftover warps from a very special group of talented weavers who were here last month for a class. The projects we set up include a fine linen warp on a drawloom with forty pattern shafts, double weave on a drawloom with twenty pattern shafts, double weave on two treadled sets of shafts using twelve shafts for four blocks, turned overshot on a double warp beam combined with regular overshot, smålandsväv with eight pattern shafts, single unit draw and finally jämtlandsdräll (crackle) in a traditional pattern with fine threads. A very inspirational week for all of us!

    October 2005

    I had a rewarding trip to Sweden in September; I met wonderful people and made some valuable new contacts at the weaving conference (Väv 2005). It was a pleasure to share Säterglänten, my Swedish weaving school, with the 22 Americans who were part of the tour arranged by Alecia of Loominesce. We enjoyed a rep weave class there from Ylva Kongback and a patterned band weaving class from Ralf Maag. A wealth of old weaving books found in secondhand bookstores (antikvariat) in Stockholm have been added to my library.

    Several new weaving books hot off the press were on display at the conference, including one in English. Check the bookstore for these new titles later this month.

    I have met with the holder of the copyright to Weave Structures the Swedish Way and have made progress toward being able to publish my translated edition. I have also met with Natur och Kultur, the publisher of The Swedish Weaving Book, my other translation project. Someone there will help me assimilate the text with the illustrations. These projects are moving along slowly but surely.

    Mini movies should now load much faster in your browser as their file sizes are much reduced. The mini movie for this month is Winding a bobbin using a pirn. A properly wound pirn can have everything to do with beautiful selvedges.

    [update 10/14/05]
    Eight new books have been added to the Store — take a look!

    September 2005

    The monthly newsletter is back on track again barring any further technical difficulties. [Apologies from the webmaster!]

    A weft loop disappears is the new mini movie offering for this month.

    I will be away the entire month of September. Chuck may be able to process straightforward orders for me during the last half of September if the items are in stock.

    I will be starting to put my 2006 class schedule together after I get back. Feel free to request certain classes for certain times and I’ll see how it all adds up.

    July/August 2005

    Cold mangle in use and adjusting a temple are the two mini movie offerings for these two months. We are working on getting these movies to download a little faster so keep checking in.

    The first several yarn color cards are online now at the Store. The accuracy of the colors may vary depending on your computer monitor. Buying the sample book is still the most accurate way to view color detail.

    My flax crop was good. I picked it while it still had a fair amount of green in it. The bundles I’ve retted so far have a bit of a greenish cast to them.

    I will be away the last half of August and all of September. Any orders made after mid-August may have to wait until October.

    June 2005

    There is a new rag rug book in the Store this month; it’s back in print due to popular demand.

    I am working on adding color cards to the yarns section of the Store to make ordering easier for you. I have a good supply of cottolin in stock at a very low price, and have been enjoying weaving plainweave with it. The reed I use is 80 dents per inch, 1 end per dent. (The equivalent is 20 dents per inch.) There is no risk of reed marks with the fine reed.

    I have secured the use of a nearby facility for storing my stock of looms and equipment. This will allow me to keep more in stock in the future.

    Check out the warping trapeze on my new “mini movies” page. I am pleased to be offering 30-second long silent film clips to demonstrate equipment and techniques. Each one will be accompanied by a short bit of explanatory text. Please send me your suggestions for movie topics. I plan to add one movie a month–in fact, the next several months’ worth are even all ready to go–so although the page is small now it will grow large in time.

    May 2005

    An Intro class has been added to my fall schedule. The dates are October 29 – November 4. This class starts on a Saturday evening and ends Friday at noon, which is offset one day from my usual format. It is filling quickly so anyone interested in this class should check in with me soon.

    I have been working with a local woodworker on designing a thin and flexible reed hook with a comfortable wooden handle. I hope to be offering these exciting new tools for sale in the future. I will be posting their progress here.

    I just spent three full days helping a student of mine set up an Öxabäck loom with a triple drawloom combination system. Lots of single unit draw cords go over the top of the loom and down near the beater as well as 50 pattern shafts at the back of the loom. It all went quite smoothly. Doing the tasks in the correct order is physically comfortable and leaves little need for adjustments.

    My flax is up and about one inch high. It’s a small patch again this year, a circle about 5 feet across. It’s enjoying the rain.

    April 2005

    I have added an Intro class to the June schedule due to demand. It will be held June 19-25 and there are still a few openings left, although it seems to be filling fast.

    I’ve been continuing my new wardrobe project by weaving a small bolt of twill fabric in 24/2 cotton in 10 colors. I warped it with 30 ends at once without using a paddle. Lots of yellow, orange, gold, reddish orange, etc., good for spring. I hope to be wearing it on the trip to Sweden this fall that I mentioned in last month’s news. I hope some of you will be able to join us.

    It’s time to prepare the garden for my modest flax crop.

    March 2005

    The exciting announcement this month is that Alecia Elvstad of Loominesce is putting together a weaving trip to Sweden this September 12-26. She has consulted with me in the planning stages and I will be going. The trip starts with a day or two in Stockholm followed by a week long stay at Sätergläntan, the weaving school I attended in 1981. The time there will be divided up into small excursions and a weekend class in rep weave and band weaving. Then the group will be off to Karlstad to a weaving conference which includes short classes, lectures and a bus tour. She is working out some details so that English speakers will not be left behind. This will be a wonderful trip. Watch for the advertisement in the current Handwoven magazine or call Alecia directly at Loominesce, 886-412-8136.

    My February class went well and the month of March will provide plenty of weaving time for me as well as cleaning, organizing and hopefully progressing on my book projects.

    February 2005

    Due to demand for another Intro class, I am now offering both April dates as Intro classes and will reschedule the Swedish Heirlooms class to a future date as yet undetermined. Please let me know if you are interested in this class.

    There is currently a fairly good supply of cottolin in stock on my shelves. This is a good time to stock up as the rising exchange rate will be reflcted in a new pricelist in the near future.

    One of my winter weaving projects has been a tablecloth in 8 shaft satin on the drawloom with 9 pattern shafts, 16/1 linen warp and weft, using mallions to thread the warp. I’ve also been adding some dresses to my very old and tired handwoven wardrobe.

    January 2005

    Flossa bars are now in stock! They have two narrow flat pieces of metal held together on one end by a wooden handle. They are used for weaving pile rugs in the flossa technique which entails wrapping the weft yarn around the two metal bars between tying rya knots. After a row of knots is completed and three plain weave wefts are woven, the loops can be sliced with a knife inserted between the metal bars. The flossa bars come in two widths, 10mm and 15mm. They also come with a protective wooden sheath.
    The price for flossa bars 70 cm and 100 cm long is $52.00
    The price for flossa bars 120 cm and 160 cm long is $60.00

    I’m mostly finished with my first January vacation project of a 60″ square tablecloth in #8 tow linen warp and weft with 10 napkins to match on a separate warp. I’ve got 5 napkins left to weave, then it’s hemming and cold mangling. It’s a project that was designed during my Swedish schooling back in 1981. Some of these things that one plans to get around to some day actually come to be!