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    We have been enjoying a beautiful and busy Fall at Vävstuga! Our freshly restocked yarn shelves are overflowing with colors, so this is a great time to put in your order for your fall/winter weaving projects. Be sure to check out our yarn playground on each individual yarn page to make your color selection more fun!

    We have two new books in our bookstore

    Amandas Mönster – nya vävar (Amanda’s patterns – new weaves), by Elsy Bråtsjö Nilsson et al.

    book-nilsamandaA companion book, or sequel, to Räknade Trådar (which is also back in stock), this title comes from the same group of nine dedicated people who started working together in 2000 to analyze and meticulously document older Dalsland weavings from the 1700s to 1940s.

     

     

     

    Bärbart (Wearable), by Mariana Eriksson & Kerstin Lovallius

    book-erikbarbarThis little book presents a wide array of small weaving projects that can be worn. The creative examples include armbands, necklaces, bracelets, rings, innovative little bags, mittens, slippers, and belts, as well as jacket and dress fabric.

     

     

     

     

    Fun Times in Fall Classes

    Our Swedish Classics classes produced some breathtaking rosepath and monks belt patterns in addition to twills, satin and linens.
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    Guest teachers at Vävstuga

    Vävstuga has also been basking in delight with three guest teachers this fall.

    Take a look at some of the beautiful projects Lisa Hill’s Nordic Deflection class accomplished! This class will return to our schedule in 2017.

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    Latvian Mitts in progress using Tuna wool

    Latvian Mitts in progress using Tuna wool

     

    Beth Brown-Reinsel’s Swedish & Latvian Knitting class was well attended and very much enjoyed. The students asked us to bring her back to Vävstuga, which we certainly hope to do, so stay tuned!

     

     

     

     

     

    Laverne Waddington’s Backstrap Weaving class focused on Andean pebble weave. The rewards of these magical structures loomed large for our participants. Becky even got to participate!

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    Still to Come this Fall

    Garn to Garments (November 16-20) By popular demand, this class will give you the chance to work with both Becky and Lisa Hill. An opportunity to play with colors, patterns, and structures and to create clothing and/or other projects. There are some incredibly beautiful warps being made ready for you!

    Vävstuga Treasures (November 30-December 4 and December 7-11) A wonderful way to end the year! Come weave a holiday gift for yourself or another. Call us to see which projects are still available!

    2016 Class Schedule

    Accepting enrollments now for 2016 classes!

    5-day sessions

    Here are some pictures of new classes offered in 2016!  Rep Variations, Sagas & Fluff, Summer Weaving Week for Ages 10-Adult and Nordic Classics:

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    4-day sessions

    3-day sessions

    16-week session

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    Big fun was had in our Drawloom & Linen Treasures class:

    Beautiful items were woven at our Drawloom Studio! Here are Cindy’s Double Woven Pinetree coverlet & Deb’s Opphämta and Smålandsväv projects!

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    and our Linen:Seed to Cloth class:

    The Farm Studio Barn was the perfect place for the Linens class! Maggie wove oodles of yardage and Nancy created a gorgeous tablecloth!

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    Back in stock soon!

    The beautiful book Östgötadräll – Woven quilts from Östergötland

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    August 2015

    Deflected Double Weave at Vävstuga!

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    Come and learn Deflected Double Weave in our Nordic Deflections class September 21-25, 2015.  

     Lisa Hill will unveil the secrets of these beautiful and exotic weave structures. You will walk away from this class with the inspiration and  ability to create your own unique designs with interesting curves and textures.

     
     
     
     

    Knitting at Vävstuga!

    knitting-twined Latvian Mitts1000  Swedish & Latvian Knitting Weekend October 10-11, 2015

    Vävstuga is excited to offer a weekend knitting workshop with Beth Brown-Reinsel, Scandinavian knitting instructor extraordinaire. You’ll learn the techniques for two projects — traditional Swedish twined mittens and Latvian fingerless mitts — both using our beautiful Swedish yarns.
     
     
     

    2016 Classes!

    Look for our 2016 class schedule to be posted on our website by September 15th and be ready to pounce. Our 2016 Basics classes are already on our website. We have several new classes to offer, as well as old friends, at our Water Street Studio and our Farm Studio 4 miles away. We will send another reminder in our September newsletter.

    We welcome our new apprentice

    Devorah S. Hamsa    (8/2015 – ) Seattle, WAappr-devorah  Devorah says, “I struggled to teach myself how to weave, but Becky’s Vävstuga Basics class taught me more than all three years of my weaving experience combined. I am eager for the technique and skill that my apprenticeship will instill. I count myself fortunate to be able to follow the footsteps of the many talented apprentices who have gone before.

     

    July 2015

    Our fundraiser Barn Event on June 20 was beautiful, and it got our new non-profit folk school nearly halfway to our goal! A HUGE thank you to all of you who have participated so far. See our beautiful video of Donka’s spinning workshop in the afternoon. If you would like to donate to Fabric of Life non-profit, please click here.

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    We are planning a work weekend October 17-18.
    If you would be interested in joining us for gardening, painting, cleaning, and/or have other various skills in property maintenance and want to donate your time to our wonderful folk school, please reply and let me know! We will have a fun time!

     

     

     

    Our 16 Week Weaving Class  – Väv Immersion has been attracting a lot of interest! Anyone who would like more information on this in-depth weaving program, please contact us. Applications are due by September 1, 2015. We expect to have some scholarship money available for young adults.

    We still have just a few spaces in some of our upcoming classes – check your calendars and join us if you can!

    Vävstuga Basics August 24-28th – recently added and last one scheduled for 2015
    See below for Vävstuga Basics dates in 2016!

     Linens – Seed to Cloth August 31-Sept 4 – held at the beautiful Flax Studio

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    Nordic Deflection Sept 21-25 – with Lisa Hill

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    Swedish and Latvian Knitting Weekend October 10-11 – with Beth Brown-Reinsel

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    Swedish Classics Oct 12-16 – just one space left for our Basics Alumni!

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    Backstrap Weaving – Three day Andean Pebble Weave Workshop October 23-25 – with Laverne Waddington

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    Flamboyant Blankets October 26-28 and October 30-November 1 – with Lisa Hill

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    ANNOUNCING! Vävstuga Basics dates in 2016 – Early Bird Special – call to register by September 15th, 2015 – SAVE $30
    Feb 15-19, Feb 29-Mar 4, Mar 21-25, April 4-8, April 18-22, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, Oct 24-28, Oct 31-Nov 4, Nov 7-11

    June 2015

    Special Lilla Loom Sale for the New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS)

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    Öxabäck Lilla loom

    Visit us at our Vendor Booth at NEWS July 9-12th

    Try out our Lilla loom and get a $100 discount if you buy it at NEWS and take it with you. You’ll save on shipping, too.

    Space-saving, affordable, and beautiful, the Lilla loom is an 8-shaft countermarch available in sizes: 60cm, 80cm, and 100cm. See our video of the loom in action.

    Can’t make it to NEWS? Call to order a Lilla loom between now and NEWS (Friday 7/10) and receive the same $100 discount!

    Our store hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9am-3pm (413) 625-8241.

     

    July 13-17 – NEW TREASURES!

    Choose your project and your price range!  Treasures projects are now priced by meter woven, so you can plan how much you want to spend as you weave these gorgeous projects!

    Check out our new Vävstuga Treasures page to see projects for our Vävstuga Basics alumni such as these beauties and more!

    Treasures Mora Shawl   halvkrabba-runner  cindys-stjerne

     For our Alumni and weavers new to Vävstuga we also offer our One-Day Wonders!

    One Day Wonders Block Damask tablecloth This 8-shaft Block Damask Tablecoth is a delight to weave. We have just a few of these left, and it is a perfect one day project for our Vävstuga Basics alumni. It is exactly the same weave  structure as the block weave you wove in class, just bigger and on a beautiful cottolin warp.

     

    For weavers new to Vävstuga you should see our feast of towels:Towels 1
    Towels 3No experience is needed. These cottolin warps  have endless possibilities of weft striping for your weaving pleasure.

     

     

    bands-rigidpatternslots2Beguiling Bands (independent study) New weavers will love our “one-room schoolhouse” setting, which puts new weavers together in an inspirational environment with experienced weavers.classblock-ragrug

    Swedish Rag Rugs Becky will coach new weavers with your own design using our broad array of rug samples and rag rug books for ideas. A warp of your color choice will be wound and beamed for you ahead of time. You will do your own threading and we will help you tie up the loom for weaving.

     

     Announcing Väv Immersion!

       A very special new 16-week class February 1 -June 3, 2016

    immersion-bassett-514Imagine being immersed in a beautiful rural environment, weaving by day and delving into other textile wonders at night, for an extended period of time.

    Inspired by the weaving class Becky took in Sweden in 1981, and her 35 years of weaving and teaching experience since then, Becky is excited to offer this extensive Väv Immersion program to pass on her legacy and expertise in the Scandinavian weaving tradition. Joining her will be a staff of professionals who will augment her program with additional technical and design offerings. See more details on the class page.

    Vav Immersion pic This comprehensive course includes challenging projects, extensive theory classes, and design inspiration resulting in an experience to be remembered for a lifetime. Acquire a deep foundational knowledge of, and capability with, this age-old craft.

    Space is limited to 4 students with lodging at our beautiful farm studios. Please contact us if you are interested.

     

     

    Fun at Vävstuga Classes!

    Our recent Drawloom and Swedish Kitchen classes were an absolute blast with beautiful results!

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    See our website to plan your summer and fall weaving education. A few spaces still available.

    Barn Benefit Festival – Saturday June 20th – Noon to the wee hours!

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    Suggested Donation $35-$50 – or more if you can.

    DONATE NOW – through PAY-PAL

    See detailed flier to print: Barn Benefit Festival spin in 2015

    Balkan Brass Band Our Entertainment !!

    Members of Zlatne Uste – Balkan Brass extraordinaire
    Donka & Nikolay – Bulgaria’s Treasures
    Harris Br. Balkan Band – Party energizers
    Xopo Quintet – Our dedicated hosting band
    Balkan Mind Meld – Gawain-Lysander-Zoe
    Whirlwind Trio – “next generation of contra legends”
    (Aidan Murphy-Marta Bartholemew-Sam Zakon-Anderson)
    Steve-Zakon Anderson – caller

    SCHEDULE
    12-5 pm  A BEAUTIFUL AFTERNOON

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    Spin with Donka
    Woods walk
    Balkan music

    5pm  POTLUCK SUPPER           Bring a  –  main dish  –  side dish  –  salad  –  dessert
    We provide  —  BEER ON TAP & SNACKS

    6 pm  CONCERT
    Enjoy the exotic tones of a rich variety of music by our incredibly talented musicians

     

    7 pm PARTY & KAFANA

    PARTY(downstairs)
    Contras-Whirlwind
    Zlatne Uste
    Donka & Nikolay
    HBBB
    Balkan Mind Meld
    Xopo

    KAFANA (upstairs)
    Food
    Games
    Tables
    Puzzles
    Fun

     

    Suggested Donation $35-$50 – or more if you can.
    DONATE NOW – through PAY-PAL

    Even if you regrettably cannot attend this event, we welcome you to donate to our cause. You will be doing your part to ensure that our youngsters continue to have the opportunity to learn what makes up the “Fabric of our Lives”.

    For more info contact: office@vavstuga.com

    Future Folk School at 80 Bassett Road

    Future Folk School at 80 Bassett Road

    We expect this to be the first of an ongoing series of fundraising events, the goal being to keep and maintain our property on Bassett road, for the purpose of educating the young, and the young at heart in Folk Crafts, Folk Music, Folk Dance, and in traditional agriculture and forestry as well. Our Folk School is already well on its way in the weaving Department. Those of you who have been to our Barn parties throughout the years know what a wonderful a location we have, and how important it is to continue to maintain and use the property. This barn party will be an opportunity to let people know of the new mission and to raise funds – both for operating expenses and for improvements. Of course, it would be a sample of things to come, too.

    Fabric of Life is an educational organization dedicated to the preservation and passing on of knowledge and skills that enrich our daily lives. We strive to see traditional skills flourish in our modern world and make these educational opportunities available to future generations. Working together creating practical things of beauty not only improves quality of life, but also strengthens communities.
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    Vävstuga Weaving School will be collaborating with Fabric of Life on a new 16 week course of study at its Bassett Road Farm Studio.
    Explore our other weaving classes as well.

    May 2015

    Shopping for a new loom?Lilla loom

    Our Lilla loom from Öxabäck is space-saving, affordable and beautiful

    100 cm, 80 cm or 60 cm – 8 shaft countermarch

    • sturdy
    • high-quality craftsmanship
    • agreeable price

    Take advantage of the arrival of our new shipment from overseas. These little looms have been extremely popular. Contact us to reserve one while our current supply lasts.

    New shipment of yarns and equipment just in

    We are well stocked in linens, cottons, cottolin, and wools.
    Visit our beautiful new webstore and yarn playground (now available on iPad) for a really fun shopping experience.

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    Upcoming classes — a few spaces left

    June 1– -3, June 5-–7 
    Weave for the Swedish Kitchen class still has some openings, and we welcome you to choose your favorite colorway, so that you can have a matching set of placemats, napkins, towel, apron and more.

    Colorways #1-4 are on 4 shafts and colorways #5-8 are on 8 shafts.

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    July 20-24
    Due to popular demand, we have added a new Vävstuga Basics class which is nearly full. Let us know right away if you would like to join this class.

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    June 30 -– July 1, July 2-–3
    Come find out why Nordic & Baltic Bands are enjoying such immense popularity now in the US. In 2 days (or stay for all 4) you will learn enough band weaving skills to entertain you at home for a very long time.

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    July 13-17
    Vävstuga Treasures is only a month away. Take a look at our new page with more pictures than ever before to help you pick a beautiful project. Becky will be happy to coach you with your decision.

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    Just let us know when you want to come and join in the fun.

    March 2015

    Summer weaving week for the young & young at heart

    We are excited to announce a Summer weaving week for ages 10 and up at our Farm Studio in the Barn. We have been asked for years to offer something for a younger group and here it is. We are going to have an absolute blast, so register yourself or your child early (or your neighbor’s or friend’s child).

    Vävstuga Treasures

    We have a Treasures session in full swing right now. We still have a few openings Mar 23–27, if you haven’t gotten around to joining us yet. Call us now! 413-625-8241, or e-mail for scheduling.

    ONE-DAY SPECIAL

    Special opportunity for our Basics alumni: come to our March Vävstuga Treasures session for just one day and weave this beautiful blue and white damask tablecloth. Special one-day price: $99 (plus materials).

    Blue and white damask tablecloth - $99 for one day (plus materials)

    Blue and white damask tablecloth – $99 for one day (plus materials)

    New to Vävstuga?

    Come weave a Rag Rug, Bands, Towel or a Runner this month. Come for a day or a week!

    April 13-17 Basics Class

    We have a few spaces in our April 13-17 Vävstuga Basics class, due to cancellations — join us now.

    Social Media

    We have added Pinterest and Instagram to our site. Join in the fun and check these out. You’ll find all our social media links at the top right of each page of our main site and blog.
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    In the news

    You will enjoy Devorah’s blog posts about her experience at a recent Vävstuga Basics class. In this series of posts, she offers wonderfully detailed descriptions and commentary, together with lots and lots of photos.

    Experience a Vävstuga Basics class through the eyes of a recent student

    Experience a Vävstuga Basics class through the eyes of a recent student

    February 2015

    Nordic & Baltic Bands

    Come and explore many styles of band weaving found in Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Lithuania, and beyond — such as Mora bands, Sami bands, Leksands bands, Estonian bands, and Norwegian bands.

    Nordic & Baltic Bands class

    Nordic & Baltic Bands class

    Weave for the Swedish Kitchen

    One warp, infinite possibilities! In this class you spend all of your time playing with colors while learning a variety of new techniques. Take home an impressive pile of beautiful things for your kitchen such as aprons, towels, tablecloths, runners, potholders, napkins and placemats.

    Weave for the Swedish Kitchen class

    Weave for the Swedish Kitchen class

    Two Linens classes

    Linen is an extraordinarily beautiful fiber to work with. Both classes will process flax, spin, & weave.

    Both classes will take place at our Farm Studio, using the quaint and cozy flax house in our spacious backyard, as well as the weaving studio in our lovely 1850s farmhouse. Depending on weather, we can move spinning wheels and band looms out into the garden to take in a breath of country air.

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    Linens: Seed to Cloth (Spinning Focus)

    No Prerequisite! — Everybody is welcome to join this class. We will spend more than half of the time processing flax and spinning, leaving the rest of the time for weaving with beautiful handspun and commercial yarns.

    Linens: Seed to Cloth (Spinning Focus)

    Linens: Seed to Cloth (Spinning Focus)

    Linens: Seed to Cloth (Weaving Focus)

    This class will focus on valuable techniques for weaving with linen, and will also include ample time for spinning and processing flax.

    Linens: Seed to Cloth (Weaving Focus)

    Linens: Seed to Cloth (Weaving Focus)

    Lapilised Vööd (Lapilised Belts)

    An absolutely beautiful band weaving book from Estonia, produced by the same group as the popular Eesti Kirivööd and with the same attention to detail. In Estonian. See our book preview video.

    Lapilised Vööd (Lapilised Belts) book

    Lapilised Vööd (Lapilised Belts) book, with preview video

    Norwegian Pickup Bandweaving

    A beautiful new band book English about Norwegian pick-up band weaving, from its fascinating history to beautiful bands you can make yourself, including more than 100 pattern charts from bands in museum collections. See our book preview video.

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    Norwegian Pickup Bandweaving book, with preview video

    Överhogdal Tapestries

    The enigmatic Överhogdal tapestries are one of Europe’s great textile treasures. In Swedish and English.

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    Överhogdal Tapestries book

    New product: warping trapeze

    Purchase our handmade trapeze uprights, crossbars, and trapeze trappings, sold separately, to warp by yourself with ease the Vävstuga way. See also our video about Using a warping trapeze.

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    Vävstuga warping trapeze

    Welcome to Emily, our new apprentice!

    We are pleased to welcome Emily Walsh as our new apprentice.

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    In the news

    Blog and newsletter articles featuring stories and photos about Vävstuga:

    New class offering: Sagas, Stripes & Fluff with Weft

    February 2–6, 2015

    We offer a special opportunity during the first week of February.

    This class has no prerequisite, though some weaving experience is recommended.

    If you’re intrigued by our new class but are not available at such short notice, please do let us know of your interest. That will help us plan our scheduling in the future.

    Amazing variety of textiles

    Learn new techniques with Becky in this special new class and discover the multitude of weaves that focus on weft. Experience first-hand the amazing variety of textiles — fluffy or flat, drapey or dense — that can sometimes even be woven on the same warp. Come away with beautiful new weavings destined for rugs, bags, hangings, yardage, upholstery, or your other favorite project.

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    Gubbatäcke

    Master the mystery behind the famous Swedish Gubbatäcke. This six shaft weave will keep you endlessly entertained as you create your own “saga” behind the motifs.

    Corduroy

    Weave your own pelt coverlet backing in Corduroy. Not all of us can afford those sheepskins, so here is your chance to learn how to weave your own fluffy backing.

    Rosepath

    Rosepath, Bound Rosepath, Krokbragd and Dubbel krokbragd can amazingly be done all on the same warp with the same threading. Combining all
    four of these techniques in one piece will mystify your weaving comrades.

    Weft-faced Ticking

    Weft-faced Ticking in linen or wool makes an elegant and durable upholstery fabric. Becky learned this weaving technique in her initial class in Sweden in 1981, but this is the first time she has presented it to one of her own classes at Vävstuga.

    Dubbelbindning with rag weft

    Dubbelbindning with rag weft. Dubbelbindning is a double-faced block weave that can make some of the most beautiful rugs, whether the weft is rags or wool.

    Plain weave

    Plain weave can create lovely drapey fabric for clothing when the right sett is used. What a joy to weave, being so simple, yet visually complex.

    Dubbelbindning with wool weft.

    Dubbelbindning with wool weft. Dubbelbindning is a double-faced block weave that can make some of the most beautiful rugs, whether the weft is rags or wool.

    Flossa and Rya

    Seeing the color deepen as you cut the pile of your first Flossa and Rya knots is magic. Tying these knots on the warp quickly becomes addictive once your hands try it out.

    Details

    Instructor: Becky Ashenden
    Max enrollment: 8
    Course fee: $850 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch Mon–Fri)
    Materials fee: $95
    Room & board: $450 (includes lodging Sun–Thurs evenings, breakfast Mon–Fri, dinner Mon–Thurs)
    Schedule: Studio open 8am–7pm, instruction time 9am–7pm (studio closes at 5pm on Friday)
    Dates offered: February 2–6, 2015

    Special discount

    Vävstuga Basics class is not a prerequisite for this course, so we are pleased to welcome all weavers. If you are one of our alumni, invite a friend new to Vävstuga to join you, and each of you will get 10% off the course fee.