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    HOLIDAY HOURS

    We will be closed for two weeks this December in order to complete our end-of-year physical inventory and to enjoy the holidays with our families. We thank you for your business in 2016 and wish you a wonderful time with family and friends, as well!

    Closing Friday, December 16th at 3pm

    Order Processing will resume on Monday, January 2, 2017

    Store/phone hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017


    New Rag Rug Book now in stock!

    Kankaankutojan Mattokirja is a beautiful new rag rug book from Finland! Filled with 128 pages of 4, 6, and 8 shaft projects designed with fresh and contemporary colors and a wide array of structures to inspire your rag rug weaving. The drafts are easy to follow and the pictures are lovely. We found Google Translate very helpful in being able to read the text.

    2017 Class Openings for Basics Alumni

    We have a few spaces available in our More Swedish Classics class, February 27-March 3, 2017.

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    Our Swedish Classics class, April 10-14 is full but, if there is enough interest, we might add a second week April 17-21.

    2017 Scholarships Available for Väv Immersion Program – September 5 – December 17

    Early Application Deadline: March 1st 2017 (acceptance decisions made by April 1st)
    Regular Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017 (acceptance decisions made on a rolling basis as space is available). Application forms are available on our website.
    SCHOLARSHIPS:

    We are excited to announce that we have once again received a generous grant from the Ddora Foundation for Väv Immersion participants ages 18-35, expanding the scholarship fund for this intensive 15-week program! The Ddora Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to benefit endeavors in the fine and applied arts, cultural preservation, and education. We are grateful for their ongoing support of this exciting program!

    Happy Holidays!

    We hope to see you in the new year!

    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 2016

    thanksgiving borderThanksgiving Sale!

    20% off yarn orders placed online

    with gratitude for your business and friendship!

    Sale begins at midnight, November 23rd and ends at midnight November 30th

    (in stock yarns only)

    Place your orders at store.vavstuga.com
    Please note – We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday, November 23rd – Sunday, November 27th

    Order processing will resume on Monday, November 28th and sales will be processed in the order in which they were received.

    Regular phone hours, Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm, will resume Tuesday, November 29th.

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


    Fine Reeds

    We are also offering a special discount on the following fine dent Glimakra SS reeds:

    75/10, 85/10, and 95/10 (approximate dpi = 18.75, 21.25, and 23.75)

    PRICES per REED LENGTH (plus shipping):

    70cm = $55.00, 100cm = $80.00, 120cm = $90.00, 150cm = $100.00

    Only one or two of each size is available, so don’t hesitate or they’ll be gone! Discount lasts until all are sold. To order these special reeds please call the office at 413-625-8241 during our regular store hours, Tuesday-Friday, 9am-3pm. Thank you!

    2017 Väv Immersion Program

    Applications are now online!

    We have been receiving considerable interest in our 15-week Väv Immersion Program which starts September 2017. Don’t miss the opportunity to be included in our first round of acceptances! Submit your online application form.

    Early Application Deadline: March 1, 2017 (acceptance decisions made by April 1st)

    Regular Application Deadline: May 15, 2017 (acceptance decisions made on a rolling basis as space is available)

    Students between the ages of 18–35 are welcome to apply for scholarship and work exchange opportunities.

    Winter Holiday Hours

    So that you can plan ahead, we want to let you know about our upcoming end-of-year break for inventory and to celebrate the winter holidays.

    We will be closed from 3pm on Friday, December 16th until our regular office hours resume at 9am on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

    We look forward to your visits

    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.

    October News

    Tonya Jones

    From apprentice adventures to Vävstuga staff member

    FullSizeRender-002We celebrated our most recent apprentice, Tonya Jones, with a belated, but delectable, gathering featuring a display of her prolific weaving over the prior 6 months. Now that she is on staff, managing our shipping and helping in the studio, we will all be able to enjoy her future weaving pursuits and great customer service.

     

    You may have seen pictures of Tonya’s work on our Facebook page.  You can also follow Tonya on her Facebook page, Tonya’s Wovens!

     

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    Be sure to click on this last photo to see the many projects Tonya enjoyed weaving and learning the Vävstuga way!

     

     

     

    Vävstuga Community Creativity

     Kerry’s blog post

    We had the pleasure of Kerry’s, and her husband Don’s, presence at a recent Nordic Classics class. Please take a moment to read Kerry’s beautifully written blog post about her experience at Vävstuga and her encouragement to all of us to follow our passions!

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     Gus’s Rep weave stairway runner!

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    The rep weave runner Gus made last year was finally installed in his home! According to Gus, the carpet guy was impressed as it was his first time installing a handwoven carpet! He did a great job. With thick felt underlayment Gus says it’s wonderful to walk on. No more shoes on the stairs!

     

     

     

    Festival of Fabrics November 28-December 2

    There are still a few spaces left in this exciting class for our Basics Alumni! Come and weave an assortment of wonderful structures including: 10-shaft twill, 8-shaft plaited twill, 4-shaft huck and shadow weave combined, plain weave with warp faced banded sections, honeycomb, and plain weave stripes.

    Becky also will offer ideas and examples of ways to use your fabrics as bags, clothing, aprons, and more. You can see last year’s projects on the class web page on our website, but Becky is currently creating  new projects and colorways. Come and be delightfully surprised!

    New Treasures Project available this December!

    Roy Orr’s Smålandsväv

    In May of 2015 an incredible jacquard weaver named Roy Orr came to the Vävstuga Drawloom Basics class. He brought a beautiful example of Smålandsväv with him, which he had obtained in Sweden while stationed there. With Becky’s help, Roy analyzed the fabric and created a project draft so that he could weave it himself. Thanks to Roy, this exquisite project is now available to Basics alumni as a new Treasures project.  Tonya wove one as her final apprentice project and backed it with a sheepskin – shown here with Tom Hayward of Leprechaun Sheepskin!  You can do the same!

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    We look forward to your visits

    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.

    September News

    New books available now

    We offer you two more wonderful books on Rosepath by Anna Östlund. We presented her delightful 3rd book, Från Januariblues till Decemberröd (From January Blues to December Reds) in our June News, so some of you may already know how wonderful her work is. We are pleased to offer her first and second books which are now in stock on our shelves: Rosengång Berättelser Historik Vävar (Rosepath – Stories, History, Weavings) and Rosengång I Varmvalsverket (Rosepath in a Hot Strip Mill).  

    We are also happy to announce that Praktisk Vävbok is back in print and back in stock on our shelves! This reprint of a Swedish book of drafts from the late 1800s is a real treat. It has 50 pages of drafts, including several 6-shaft weaves and over 150 8-shaft twill variations.

    August Classes

    img_9671-001img_9787-001img_9672-002Our recent Swedish Classics classes had a great time weaving rosepath, among other beautiful structures as shown.

    While our 2017 Swedish Classics class is fully enrolled, we encourage our Basics Alumni to consider the 2017 More Swedish Classics class for some equally lovely projects.

     

    Participants in our Linens: Seed to Cloth class experienced the process of preparing flax from ground retting, to spinning, to weaving with linen at our bucolic Farm Studio and Flax House. Join us in August, 2017 for this wonderful class.

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    Fall 2016 Classes for our Basics Alumni

    For those of you who can be spontaneous, we have a bit of space in our Nordic Classics class next week (Sept 26-30)! The projects are interesting, challenging, and beautiful! Pictured here are Finnish Opphämta, Enkel Skillbragd from Norway, Treadled Leno from Sweden, and Gagnefdrus – a Swedish honeycomb. There is also a 12-shaft figured fabric from Denmark and the 4-shaft Swedish Halvdräll with its interesting block threading.

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    There is also room in our October 17-20th Flamboyant Blankets class. This is an opportunity to weave a luxurious weft-faced, 8-shaft blanket of your own design.

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    NEW “Fillable” Class Registration Form

    We are happy to let you know that our class registration forms are now fillable online! Go to our How to Register page and scroll down to find the 2016 and 2017 Registration forms. Click on the appropriate year for your class and it will take you to a pdf of the form. After filling it out (completely please), just click on the envelope at the top and email it as an attachment to office@vavstuga.com. We think this will make registering for classes more efficient for us all!  Please note, if you have trouble filling out the form using your browser, there is an “Open With Different Viewer” button at the top right of the form page which will allow you to access the form through Adobe or another program. We look forward to receiving your class registrations forms!

    Väv Immersion Program 2017

    This amazing 15-week intensive weaving class offers challenging projects, extensive theory classes, and a broad variety of topics of interest to weaving students. All this in an idylic rural farm house setting with delicious home-cooked meals. The program begins on Tuesday, September 5th, right after Labor Day weekend 2017, and runs through December 15th.

    Vävstuga is partnering with Fabric of Life 501(c)3 to fulfill our mission of offering the Väv Immersion program. You can see pictures and read more about the program at both of the above links. Last year Fabric of Life was honored to receive grant funding from the Ddora Foundation which enabled need-based scholarship assistance to applicants ages 18-35. We hope to be able to do so again for the 2017 program and will let you know when we have more information later this fall. There will also be some work-study options available. We are currently finalizing some of the application details for the program, but if you have any questions, please contact us.

    We look forward to your visits

    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.

    2017 Class Schedule

    Brand new offering: Vävstuga Favorites

    We are very excited to offer a brand new class entitled Vävstuga Favorites. Choose from our gallery of beautiful projects! Select the colors as woven in the examples, or choose your own colors. We’ll wind the warp for you and you will receive a complete review of pre-sleying, beaming and tying up the Vävstuga way at the beginning of the week. Then settle in for a week of weaving at your own pace, creating something you’ve always admired from our famous hand towels with hang tags, to satin damask or rep runners, to an elegant damask tablecloth.

    Vävstuga Favorites

    our newest class: Vävstuga Favorites

    Accepting enrollments now for all 2017 classes

    5-day sessions

     4-day session

    3-day sessions

    Flexible sessions

    15-week session

    Väv Immersion

    Väv Immersion: Acquire a deep foundational knowledge in this 15-week weaving course

    There’s still time to join us in 2016

    There is still room in our Flamboyant Blankets class, Oct 17–20, 2016.

    For our Basics Alumni we also have room in the Festival of Fabrics class, Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2016.

    The last Vävstuga Treasures sessions of 2016 will be the weeks of Dec 6–9 and Dec 13–16. Call to inquire about project availability.

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    Flamboyant Blankets class
    Oct 17–20, 2016

    Festival of Fabrics

    Festival of Fabrics class
    Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2016

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Welcoming Tonya Jones to the Vävstuga Staff

    As many of you know, Tonya has been our apprentice these last 6 months and we celebrate her achievements in that role. Tonya’s personality, work ethic, and customer service talents made her a joy to have in the studio so we invited her to join our staff this month. You can read her bio on our About page. Here is a glimpse of just a few of her apprentice projects:

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    Yarn-in-a-Jar

    Many of you have expressed appreciation for our great Yarn-In-A-Jar design tool for our wool yarns.

    We’re happy to announce that the 8/2 Cotton and the 22/2 Cottolin Yarn-in-a-Jars are now ready to aid in your design creativity.

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    Cottolin Yarn-in-a-Jar


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We look forward to your visits

    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 2016

    Hello friends of Vävstuga and welcome to our new Newsletter subscribers!

    We have two lovely and inspiring books to offer you this month! Band weavers take note!

    Applesies and Fox Noses: Finnish Tabletwoven Bands

    book-kariapples_215x300  This is one of the most instructive manuals we have seen for table woven bands. It includes clear pattern diagrams, instructions,   and beautiful photographs for 30 different bands.

     

     

     

     

    Traditional Finnish Decorative Bands

    th-book-schvtradit  First published in 1903, this book is the most comprehensive publication on tablet weaving of its time. 159 band designs are reproduced in color and techniques that vary from braided bands to tablet-woven bands and pick-up patterned bands using various kinds of rigid heddles. A nice bit of history of the tools used to make this wide selection of bands used in 19th century Finland makes this a very interesting and inspiring book!

     

     

     

    June and July were very fun and busy class months here at Vävstuga!

    Sagas and Fluff, Swedish Rag Rugs, Bands in the Barn, Treasures, and 3 Basics classes in June.

    Sagas and Fluff was a wonderful week of weaving weft-faced wonders! Our week combining Swedish Rag Rugs, Bands in the Barn and even some Treasures projects was a great success out at the Farm Studio. Watch for this to be repeated in June of 2017!

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    The Summer Weaving Workshop, One-Day-Wonders and The Swedish Kitchen classes in July.

    We had a wonderful week weaving with teens during The Summer Weaving Workshop! Join us next year for an all-ages week of weaving, including on the drawloom, plus natural dyes, spinning, and even some maypole dancing, picnics, and fun games on the side. Some adult students joined in that week to weave some One-Day-Wonder towels and runners. It was great having everyone out at the Barn Studio! Weaving for the Swedish Kitchen was also a hoot with rep woven placemats, towels and table squares, and Lisa Hill’s amazing creativity in designing fun and practical pocketed aprons! See Tonya’s below.

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    There’s still room in classes for some summer and fall 2016 weaving fun!

    For our Basics Alumni there are a few spaces left in Swedish Classics, August 15-19 and August 29-September 2 and Nordic Classics, September 26-30

    When planning your fall weaving adventures, consider Flamboyant Blankets coming up October 17-20 and Festival of Fabrics, November 28-December 2 and, of course, Treasures December 6-9 and 13-16 – contact us for project availability.

     Stay Tuned for 2017!

    Our 2017 Class Schedule is so close to being ready to make public but, needing a few tweaks, we must wait to announce it in the August Newsletter.

    Here’s a few hints: you can count on some Basics Classes in January, June/July, and likely December. The 2017 Väv Immersion Program dates will be from the late summer into fall. And we have a NEW CLASS which will feature Vävstuga favorites – and there are so many to choose from! Registration will open after the schedule is posted.

     

    Until then, have a wonderful summer and happy weaving!

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues-Fri 9-3) or our web store any time, come to Library Hours on the first Friday of each month 2-5pm (next is August 5th), and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group!
     

     

    June 2016

    New Rosengång (Rosepath) Book!

    book-ostljanuar_298x300 Från Januariblues till Decemberröd – 18 Kuddar i Rosengång by Anna Östlund

    A wonderful book with 18 stunning pillows in a rainbow of colors and patterns that match the months of the year. The inspirational rosepath designs woven on opposites are delightful with detailed instructions, beautiful pictures, and a small amount of text in Swedish.

     

     

    Summer Weaving Workshop – July 11-15th

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    There is still room in our Summer Weaving Workshop that will take place in our Barn Studio. This would be a great opportunity to weave with a pre-teen or teenage relative or friend, as well as a chance for folks on our Basics waiting lists to get a taste of Vävstuga. You’ll weave on a floor loom, a band loom, and even a replica of a Viking loom. Make a rag rug, a towel or napkin, experience draw loom weaving, natural dying, and spinning. This will be a great week and we hope you’ll join us!

     

     

    Swedish Classics – August 15-19 and August 29-September 2

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    It’s not often that we have space available in a Swedish Classics class! The natural follow-up class to  Vävstuga Basics, you’ll weave monksbelt and rosepath in wool and linen, twill cotton yardage on 8 shafts, a single-ply linen tablecloth, and satin damask in cotton and linen. Call to take one of the few spaces available!

     

     

     

    Weave for the Swedish Kitchen – July 19-22

    There is only one space left in the wonderful Kitchens class and we wanted to share the color choices for the projects to tempt you. You choose your color, we’ll wind and beam the warp for you. Projects include towels, runners, aprons, pot holders, placemats and/or napkins, in a variety of structures and yarns.

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    Väv Immersion Memories

    The first Väv Immersion class was such a great experience and we miss our six participants so much! Here they are with all their weaving projects displayed! We will announce the dates and details for Väv Immersion 2017 soon!

     

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    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues-Fri 9-3) or our web store any time, come to Library Hours on the first Friday of each month  2-5pm (next is July 1st), and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group!

    Happy Summer Weaving!

     

    May 2016

    Väv Immersion Exhibition & Barn Benefit Festival – June 4, 2016

    You are invited! Noon until the wee hours! 80 Bassett Road, Shelburne Falls, MA

    becky-john-wedding_333-m As Väv Immersion 2016 draws to a close, our final celebration will be our annual Barn Benefit Festival. Come enjoy an afternoon and evening packed with joyful experiences.
    – See what our Väv Immersion students have accomplished
    – Spin with Donka as she learned from her Bulgarian grandmother
    – potluck supper
    – sing along
    – mini-concert of music from the Balkans
    – live music and dancing and snacks into the night
    – camp-out and join us for breakfast on Sunday

    The Barn Benefit is sponsored by Fabric of Life non-profit. Your donations are gratefully accepted and much appreciated!

    Spend quality time with family members at our Summer Weaving Workshop – July 11-15th

    A wonderful multi-generational weaving week, with natural dyeing & drawloom weaving! An opportunity for a parent/grandparent & child to enjoy/learn weaving at the Farm House Studio.

    Our week of weaving in the barn is an unprecedented opportunity for youngsters, teens & adults alike. In this mixed age group setting, we will dress a loom together, and weave on a variety of beautiful & colorful warps including a draw loom or two and a reproduction Viking era loom! Julie Parsons will join us this year with the added enjoyment of using natural dyes fresh from our garden, Emily Gwynn will teach spinning on drop spindle, and Lisa Hill will bring her sewing machines and coach our participants in making little bags and other items out of their very own handwoven fabrics.

    June 14-17 Farm House Treasures Projects still available

    Shawl in Monksbelt in warp & weft

    Shawl in Monksbelt in warp & weft

    Double Krokbragd rug

    Double Krokbragd rug

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A few spaces are left in Swedish Classics and Nordic Classics!

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    Join us for these late summer/early fall classes!

    Swedish Classics 8/15-8/19 and 8/29-9/2

    Nordic Classics 9/26-9/30 and 10/3-10/7

     

     

     

     

     

    Rep Variations Class

    This has been a great week for students exploring the many variations of Rep weaving!

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    Drawloom Basics and Drawloom & Linen Treasures

    Such beautiful wovens were created during these recent Drawloom classes!

    Lisa's Pie Crust tablecloth

    Lisa’s Pie Crust tablecloth

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    Mary Alice’s Cup

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    Julie’s Rooster

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    Shaft Draw Projects!

     

     

     

    We are delighted to share what others have posted about recent Vävstuga activities! Check out these blogs for more photos and enjoyment!

    Becky’s presentation to the New York Guild of Handweavers in New York City was posted on their website and in this blog.

    A recent Basics student wrote this wonderful blog post about her experience at Vävstuga. Thanks Kerry!

    And, of course, Tammy’s ongoing blog presenting the Väv Immersion experience in beautiful detail!

    Happy reading! Happy weaving!

    We look forward to seeing you at a class, during library hours (1st Friday of each month 2-5pm – next one is June 3rd), or during a store visit (Tues-Fri 9am-3pm). Find us on our Facebook page and Ravelry group!

     

    April 2016

    Exciting new products to announce! Väv Immersion celebration! Upcoming classes for all!

    Heirlooms of Skåne

    heirlooms of skane book We are overjoyed to offer you Heirlooms of Skåne, the most comprehensive instructional book available today about these intricate and beautiful weave structures from southern Sweden.Take a look at this brand new book through our mini-movie preview on our web store.

    Yarn-In-A-Jar

    A beautiful new design tool is now available for our wool yarns

    yarn-jar-woo-faro_300x300This invaluable new design tool gives you the opportunity to arrange the colors of our yarns in endless combinations.  These precious nuggets of color can be stored safely in your beautifully labeled jar(s), and dumped into a basket or on a table to mix and match at your leisure. Sure to help your creativity and project planning!

    Traditional sample cards, with miniscule samples firmly attached in place are increasingly difficult to come by and computer screens vary in how accurately yarn colors are displayed. Our Yarn-In-A-Jar is an excellent solution for your design needs. All seven of our beautiful Swedish wool yarns are now available in their own jars. Our other yarns will become available in this format as well!

    Tuna Sock Kit is now online

    Our weaving yarns also make great knitting yarns!

    Moosey and Socks Our new Sock Kit is now available online and includes one skein each of two colors of our beautiful Tuna wool plus a sock knitting pattern customized for us by Scandinavian knitting expert Beth Brown-Reinsel.

    We’re offering four colorway options that we (and our model Moosey) love. You can also choose your own two colors of Tuna, if you prefer.

     

     

     Väv Immersion 2017

    Applications are now being accepted for our 2017 Väv Immersion Program

    We have begun our planning for our 2nd annual Väv Immersion Program. To apply for 2017, send a detailed description of your weaving experience and interests to the office. More details will be available when we announce our 2017 class schedule.

    Our amazing and delightful 2016 students have been absorbing more knowledge and skills than seems possible in such a short amount of time and they have been such a pleasure to have in the program! Tammy’s blog continues to provide a detailed account of their experiences.

    Väv Immersion Exhibition & Barn Benefit Festival – June 4, 2016

    You are invited! Noon until the wee hours! 80 Bassett Road, Shelburne Falls, MA

    becky-john-wedding_333-m As Väv Immersion 2016 draws to a close, our final celebration will be our annual Barn Benefit Festival. Come enjoy an afternoon and evening packed with joyful experiences.
    – See what our Väv Immersion students have accomplished
    – Spin with Donka as she learned from her Bulgarian grandmother
    – potluck supper
    – sing along
    – mini-concert of music from the Balkans
    – live music and dancing and snacks into the night
    – camp-out and join us for breakfast on Sunday

    The Barn Benefit is sponsored by Fabric of Life non-profit. We are participating in Valley Gives between now and next Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Your donations are gratefully accepted and much appreciated!

     

    Upcoming classes for all

    classblock-ragrugSwedish Rag Rugs – June 13-15

     

     Bands in the Barn – June 15-17bands-rigidpatternslots2

     

     

    summer-aerialSummer Weaving Workshop for Ages 10 to Adult – July 11-15

     

     IMG_6067The Swedish Kitchen (one space left) – July 19-22

     

     

     

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues-Fri 9-3) or our web store any time, come to Library Hours on the first Friday of each month  2-5pm (next is May 6th), and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group!

    March 2016

    NEW PRODUCTS TO INTRODUCE!

    Tuna Sock Kit

    Our weaving yarns make great KNITTING YARNS!

    Moosey and Socks

    Becky’s friend “Moosey” is hard at work knitting up some beautiful socks using our Tuna Wool Sock Kit which includes a great knitting pattern customized for us by Beth Brown-Reinsel of Knitting Traditions in Vermont. We also suggest you try our Åsborya yarn for some great twined mittens.

    Yarns designed for weaving tend to have a tighter twist, making them ideal for sturdy and long-lasting knitted goods in traditional styles. Modern knitting yarns tend to be on the softer side, not always best for longevity. If you put in all that work, why not make a product that will last?  Try out our yarns for knitting and let us know what you think!

    Our Tuna Sock Kit is available by calling the office at 413-625-8241. It will soon be on our web store as well.

    The kit includes the pattern for the socks shown here and 2 skeins of contrasting colors of Tuna yarn. You can see the beautiful colors on our web store, then call to order.

     

    Strong Hand-Tooled Beads & New Counterbalance Tie-Up Conversion Kit!

    The Vävstuga Tie-Up System has just gotten even better!

    We are proud to announce the arrival of our new Vävstuga beads for our famous tie-up system! Our own strong, hand-tooled beads are now available for both the Countermarch and new Counterbalance conversion kits. Bead packs alone are more economical than texsolv pegs and you can order these items on our web store:

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    Vävstuga Loom Bumpers

    Loom Bumber

    Our Vävstuga tools department has fashioned yet another item for your weaving convenience.

    Our “Loom Bumpers” keep your loom from traveling across the room as you weave.  Those of you who have enjoyed weaving in our studio have already seen how useful these Loom Bumpers are when your loom is located near a wall.

     

     

    CLASSES

    Classes have been rolling along this season, keeping us busy with three Vävstuga Basics classes so far, along with our Väv Immersion program. All of these have been providing wonderful experiences for us, as well as for the students!

    Coming up in April: We still have a couple of spots in our Saturday, April 9th Wool Combing Workshop with Gina Gerhard. Call the office to enroll.

    In May our focus turns to Drawloom weaving and there are still a few Drawloom & Linen Treasures projects available to our Alumni.

    Looking ahead to June: We have space in our Rag Rugs class, June 13-15 and our Bands in the Barn class, June 15-17. Enroll in both and stay for the week!  We’re also offering a Summer Weaving Workshop for ages 10-Adult, July 11-15. Do you know a pre-teen or teen with whom you’d like to share a wonderful week of weaving?!

    Our delightful apprentice, Tonya, has also been weaving up a storm! In March she completed several fabulous double weave blankets, a fine cotton “tulip” fabric for an Easter skirt, and a gorgeous Opphämta runner!

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    IMG_8020    Tonya opphamta

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues-Fri 9-3) or our web store, come to Library Hours on the first Friday of each month (2-5pm), and check out our Facebook page!

    Happy Spring!