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  • October 2008

    Our Drawloom class next month still has some openings. This is the last time this class will be offered, so we encourage anyone who has been interested in it to attend this November 3-7.

    We will be assembling an order from Borgs in early November, so if any of you want to put in a special order please get the information to us this month.

    The Fiber Twist is happening this year on October 25. Come and visit us!

    We now have the 2009 Vävkalender in stock. We acquired several other new books while we were in Sweden, too; they will be appearing in the bookstore soon.

    September 2008

    Have a look at our new class list and calendar for 2009! We have many new offerings this year, including several 2-day classes.

    We are currently in the process of working with someone who could manufacture hackles for flax. It is possible we will need to receive orders from people ahead in order to have these hard-to-find high quality tools manufactured. Please contact us if you have any interest in this or know someone who does.

    A Julia loom is available for anyone who wants to use it for a weaving demonstration as part of a school program or other fiber event. Please contact us if you are interested.

    We will be attending the weaving conference in Sweden this month. Becky will be demonstrating her countermarch tie-up system at the Glimåkra booth. Hopefully we will have some pictures and new books to share with you when we come back.

    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.