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  • December 2014

    Vävstuga has been bustling this month with our usual flurry of projects, including the setup of a warp-weighted loom gifted to us during December Vävstuga Treasures. We offer you 3 new book reviews on YouTube, flax for spinning, and several other exciting new products in our web store. Happy browsing…

    New in our webstore

    • Flax & spinning equipment:
      We now have flax stricks back in stock, for spinning your own beautiful linen yarns. We are excited to announce also an entire new Spinning Equipment section of our store, featuring a selection of quality spinning wheels and accessories made by Ashford Handicrafts in New Zealand. Our popular Linens class offers a great opportunity to come spin and weave with fellow enthusiasts.
    • Öxabäck warping mills and tube stand:
      We now carry Öxabäck warping mills in two sizes, and a beautiful new Öxabäck tube stand that holds 13 tubes, along with our range of other warping equipment. In our product demo video, Becky shows off the perfect proportioning and admirable stability of the tabletop warping mill.
    • Glimåkra reeds:
      We now have Glimåkra reeds back in stock in a wide variety of sizes. These are an economical choice and are lightweight, made in the traditional way with cord wrappings on a wooden spine. The flexible dents are made with thinner steel than the American reeds, which can be an advantage in sleying the reed (especially fine reeds).
    our new Spinning Equipment department

    our new Spinning Equipment department

    New books & book previews

    This month’s additions are especially centered around the theme of flax and linen, in celebration of our newly added spinning equipment. Check out our signature preview videos that Becky has created, where you can watch her leaf through the book and describe its charms.

    Warp-weighted loom

    We have an intriguing new toy in our studio: Deb Holcomb was kind enough to gift to Vävstuga a beautiful replica of a warp-weighted loom that her husband built.

    The warp-weighted loom is an ancient and simple loom which may have first been used during the Neolithic period in central Europe (around 7,000 BC). The loom has two vertical upright poles that lean against a wall, with the warp yarns hanging freely from a horizontal warp beam at the top. Bundles of warp threads are tied to hanging loom weights, which keep the threads taut while two horizontal rods are moved to create the shed. This type of loom was common throughout Europe and Asia and has remained in use in Scandinavia into modern times.

    warp-weighted loom

    L: Deb Holcomb at the warp-weighted loom; R: Becky channeling her inner Viking while weaving

    Treasures class photos

    Our last two Treasures classes of 2014 were filled with gorgeous projects woven by wonderful weaving friends. Here are just a few of them — by Lisa, Laurie, Mary, Barbara M., Francine, and Barbara H. — for your admiration and inspiration. See these and lots more cameos of student work on our FaceBook page.

    Treasures projects Nov-Dec 2014

    Highlights from Treasures Classes Nov-Dec 2014

    Ravelry & social media

    Calling all Vävstuga alumni who have been requesting a place to stay in touch and share all your beautiful projects with your classmates! We now have a brand new Vävstuga Ravelry group, open to all interested fiber artists (it’s free and easy to create an account on Ravelry). You can post photos, participate in discussions, and draw inspiration from friends old and new. We also have an active FaceBook presence, and you can subscribe to our increasingly active YouTube channel if you’d like to know when we’ve posted new book previews or product how-tos.

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    Vävstuga group on Ravelry

    Vävstuga group on Ravelry

    November 2014

    Brand new loom: The Öxabäck Lilla

    We are excited to be offering the Öxabäck Lilla loom — it’s a dream come true! This high-quality loom is beautiful, sturdy, compact, and it’s even collapsible to save space in your studio. Best of all, the pricing is surprisingly affordable. It’s available in weaving widths of 60 cm (24″), 80 cm (31″), or 100 cm (39″). Place your order now for February delivery.

    The Öxabäck Lilla loom: beautiful, sturdy, compact, and affordable

    The Öxabäck Lilla loom: beautiful, sturdy, compact, and affordable

    New book: Estonian Bands

    Check out our unbelievably gorgeous new band weaving book, Eesti Kirivööd (Estonian Bands). The pictures and printing are of extremely high quality; each of the over 200 intricately patterned antique bands is accompanied by a clear multicolored draft. This is truly a miraculous treasure chest of material that would otherwise only be available if you travel to Estonia and do extensive museum research. Please pass this information to all of your band weaving friends: we never know how long a foreign book will be available, so it is good to take advantage of this opportunity now.

    Welcome to our apprentice Melissa

    We welcomed Melissa Rudder to the Vävstuga family last July as a part-time apprentice for this late summer/fall season. She is weaving beautiful things, as well as doing invaluable work for us here at the school.

    Vävstuga apprentice Melissa Rudder

    Vävstuga apprentice Melissa Rudder

    Good news for iPad users

    We are pleased to report that our amazing Yarn Playground shopping tool is now accessible on your iPad or other tablet.

    playground-mora-600

    Class photos

    We’ve just had three wonderful back-to-back classes full of enthusiastic Basics students. For more photos of happy students and their proud accomplishments, visit us on Facebook.

    students from one of our recent Basics classes show off their fine handiwork

    students from one of our recent Basics classes show off their fine handiwork

    October 2014

    ENROLL NOW!

    There’s still plenty of space available in our 2015 Classes.

    Some of our new offerings:

    • Linens: Seed to Cloth

      Experience the entire invigorating process of growing flax, turning it into various types of linen yarn, both tow and line, and then weaving it into cloth.

    • Linens class

      Linens class

    • The Swedish Kitchen

      Weave tablecloths, aprons, towels, and napkins of exquisite and complementary design.

    • Nordic Deflection

      Explore multi-shaft structures that perform amazing grid-defying feats, using loom-controlled structures with interlacements that allow for movement, texture and curving lines.

    • Deflection class

      Deflection class

    • Flamboyant Blankets

      A special weft-faced technique produces a thick and luxurious blanket, with front and back sides showing two different colors and patterns.

    • Garn to Garment

      Weave exquisite yardages in a variety of our beautiful yarns and sew something to wear.

    Band weaving opportunities:

    • More Swedish Classics

      A rare opportunity to delve into a whole smörgåsbord of projects including rep weave, bands, smålandsväv, lace, jämtlandsdräll, and ticking.

    • More Swedish Classics class

      More Swedish Classics class

    • Vävstuga Treasures

      An opportunity to receive individual coaching and create beautiful handwoven items that you might not tackle at home.

    • Backstrap Weaving with Laverne

      Scandinavia meets the Andes: compare their different traditions of pickup band weaving. Becky is looking forward to taking this class herself; come join in the fun.

    The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that a couple of our newest classes now have slightly different titles. We are so excited about some of our new offerings that as the ideas develop and improve, so do their names.

    New in our webstore

    Interview with Becky

    Karen gives us a followup interview with Becky, part 1 and part 2.

    Karen's interview includes some charming photos

    Karen’s interview includes some charming photos

    New webstore for Vävstuga

    At last, we invite you to come shop at our beautiful new webstore!

    We’ve been hard at work creating our webstore for you for the past several months, so we are terribly excited to announce it is finally here, and confident you will be thrilled with how much easier and more fun the Vävstuga shopping experience has now become.

    You’ll have an easy time finding all of our yarns, looms and equipment, books, and videos. We’ve also added thousands of beautiful photos (including carefully produced shots of our 130+ types of yarn and their 1000+ color variants!) and squirreled away lots of educational tidbits to help with your selections — things like our handy guide for how to choose a shuttle, book preview videos for some of our book titles, instructional mini-movies for how to use a specific product (like our ever-popular bobbin-winder), and more.

    The very most exciting new feature is our phenomenal “Yarn Playground”

    The Yarn Playground is Becky’s own invention that allows you to shop for our yarns as if you were at our store in person, pulling yarns off the shelf and playing with them on the counter. Our Playground allows you to gather your possible choices together and “play” with them until you get the combination of colors that is perfect for your project. You can get there from any yarn page. Simply drag your favorite yarn color swatches into the Mini-Playground on the left side of each yarn page, and switch to the full-page Playground when you need more room to play.

    JUMP IN AND EXPLORE!

    Yarn Playground

    2015 Class Schedule

    Vävstuga is ecstatic to bring you a bigger variety of classes than ever before in 2015.

    You will find Becky’s ever-popular five-day classes, with the addition of a fantastic new class, Linens: Seed to Cloth. Also Lisa Hill is expanding her offerings with us to bring you new opportunities, including many three-day classes on weekends. These shorter sessions will help if you find it challenging to clear a larger block on your calendar, so you too can experience the fulfillment of coming to weave with us.

    Bettie Zakon-Anderson

    Bettie Zakon-Anderson

    Earlybird registration – until August 15th

    Our Earlybird registration option saves you a little bit of money, and it helps us make room for all of you in the schedule. Act soon, before the August 15th deadline!

    New to Vävstuga?

    Our three-day classes do not require any prerequisite, and there are always opportunities for newcomers to Vävstuga during Vävstuga Treasures.

    Welcome to Bettie

    We are delighted to introduce Bettie Zakon-Anderson as our new office manager. If you call in to register for a class, you will likely have the opportunity to meet her over the phone.

    We look forward to having you and your friends join us for one of these wonderful classes next year.

    June 2014

    Summer Treasures

    Treat yourself to a day or more at Vävstuga Treasures in July. Our summer Treasures session has something for everyone, and there are still a very few openings for you to come and weave stunningly beautiful things in our comfortable air-conditioned studio. Many projects are already spoken for, so contact us right away.

    • Come for one day — or the whole week.
    • Never woven before? — we have something for you.
    • Vävstuga Basics alumni? — beautiful projects at a variety of levels.
    Treasures project: Lisa's red sheepie!

    Treasures project: Lisa's red sheepie!

    Treasures project: Bev and Gus show off their Barbro's dalldräll

    Treasures project: Bev and Gus show off their Barbro's dalldräll

    Convergence

    Come see us in the vendor hall at the Convergence conference. This year it’ll be in Providence RI. If you’ve not been before, this event promises “the ultimate international fiber art experience.” Our booth hours are:

    Wednesday, July 16, 12:00–5:00p
    Thursday, July 17, 10:00a–5:00p, 7:00–10:30p
    Friday, July 18, 10:00a–5:00p
    Saturday, July 19, 10:00a–4:00p

    Scholarship news

    We are currently accepting Scholarship applications for the Fall classes of 2014.

    Drawlooms in May

    May brought many wonderful weavers to the Drawloom studio.

    Drawloom runners

    Drawloom runners

    Lisa's drawloom bees

    Lisa's drawloom bees

    Mary at the drawloom

    Mary at the drawloom

    matching red and blue drawloom squares

    matching red and blue drawloom squares

    May 2014

    Lisa Hill

    special guest teacher Lisa Hill

    We are excited to announce a new class at Vävstuga this September:

    Shifting Threads
    with Lisa Hill, special guest teacher

    In September 2014 we welcome Lisa Hill as a guest instructor. Those who have not had the opportunity to work with Lisa are in for a real treat. Her cheerful and exuberant manner along with her extraordinary expertise with color, design, and complicated weave structures expand the opportunities at Vävstuga for students to acquire knowledge and experience in a joyful environment.

    Shifting Threads is a new class at Vävstuga that will offer students a unique opportunity to explore shifting thread structures in depth. Participants will study and weave structures that perform amazing grid-defying feats. There are endless wonderful weave structures that accept the limitations of the vertical (warp) and horizontal (weft) grid, but in this class, using our beautiful Swedish linen, cottolin, cotton, and wool, we will defy that grid using loom controlled structures with interlacements that allow for movement, texture and curving lines.

    See the Shifting Threads class description for more details.

    There has been a lot of interest in this class, so contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.

    Here are some project pictures to whet your appetite:

    bolster cover

    bolster cover

    napkins

    napkins

    towels

    towels

    yardage

    yardage

    March 2014

    It’s spring — and it’s time for Drawloom weaving!

    We still have openings in Drawloom Basics (open now to anyone with ample weaving experience) and Drawloom Treasures (open now to ALL our Vävstuga Basics alumni). Weaving on a drawloom is a blast, and not that difficult since we have the looms all set up for you in a beautiful location.

    Drawloom Treasures

    projects from Drawloom Treasures

    After several years of enjoying her wonderful culinary delights during classes we welcome Kim Sebrey into our office now as well. She will not only be doing your cooking and cleaning, but answering your phone calls and packing your orders too.

    Kim Sebrey

    Kim Sebrey, "Jill of all trades"

    Our recent 3 weeks of Vävstuga Treasures have been truly amazing. Stop by our Facebook page to view some of the many beautiful projects that have come into existence this past month.

    It’s not too soon to take a look at summer Vävstuga Treasures sessions. There is something wonderful for everyone. If you don’t know what to choose, Becky will help you pick your project/s, whether you have ever woven or not.

    Skillbragd coverlet

    3 Skillbragd coverlets from Vävstuga Treasures woven by Mary Beebe, Bettes Silver Schack and Becky Ashenden - don't you want to come make one too?

    Karen Eisenhower has put up a blog post on dressing a loom with “Flippy”.

    February 2014

    Phone hours & social media

    February brings a change in our phone hours:

    Wed & Friday 1-5 PM
    Thursday 1-8 PM

    We are replacing our Saturday phone hours with Thursday evenings for the convenience of those who work full time or live on the west coast. You can always reach us by e-mail any time of day or night.

    We are now on Facebook and Twitter, thank you Celeste! Join us and stay tuned!

    like us on facebook follow us on twitter

    Yarn sample books

    We have Yarn Sample books! Our January trip to Sweden rewarded us with real sample cards for many of the Bockens yarns. Our binders includes real samples for Line linens, 8 tow linen, cottolin, 8/2 cotton and 16/2 cotton. Our other yarns are represented by one natural sample of each accompanied by a printed color chart.

    Vavstuga yarn sample book: $32.00

    Rep rug project in Treasures

    rep rug project

    special rep rug project in Treasures

    This beautiful newly set up Rep Rug is a very special offering in our March Vävstuga Treasures class. With only 2 treadles, this warp is available to anyone (although some weaving experience is recommended). The warp is 1 meter wide in cottolin.

    3-day sessions available: $300 for 2 meter rug (plus materials)
    Mar 10–12, Mar 17–19

    2-day sessions available: $225 for 2 meter rug (plus materials)
    Mar 6-7, Mar 13–14, Mar 20–21

    If you are interested, please contact us us right away!

    Report from Sweden

    Becky weaving bands with Barbro Wallin in Mora Sweden

    Becky weaving bands with Barbro Wallin in Mora Sweden


    Becky spent a January day weaving Mora bands with Barbro Wallin in Mora, Sweden. Come to Treasures and learn how to weave these gorgeous bands with Becky.

    Becky with Monica Hallen

    Becky with Monica Hallen at Sätergläntan, Insjön, Sweden (Monica was Celeste's weaving teacher)

    Linda and Margareta

    Linda and Margareta in the winding room at Holma Helsinglands, Forsa, Sweden, home of Bockens yarns

    November 2013

    New classes

    Our Fall Class schedule is here! Don’t miss out on our Early Bird registration for this next round of classes.

    • New class More Swedish Classics!
      Introducing an opportunity to try out even more classic weave structures. This class features rep, bands, smålandsväv, jämtlandsdräll, ticking, and lace.

    • Expanded Vävstuga Treasures!
      Come weave a rag rug, whether or not you have woven with us before. Bring a friend for a day to try out a simple project. A stylish Vävstuga tea-time will enhance our Wednesday afternoons.

    Staff changes: Farewell to Susan Conover, Welcome to Linda Nilsson

    It’s hard to believe that Susan Conover’s 5 promised years of unwavering dedication to Vävstuga have come to a close. The amount of time and thought and hard work she has put into making Vävstuga tick like a Swiss watch are truly incredible and we thank her for that! We are looking forward to building on this sturdy foundation with our expanded class offerings in 2014.

    After 5 years away from her home in Ohio, Susan is returning to spend more time with family and friends in the beautiful Conover Homestead that she and Ernie have spent so many industrious years creating together. We welcome Susan’s frequent return to the excitement of Vävstuga as one of our treasured weaving comrades.

    We welcome Linda Nilsson as a new staff member to Vävstuga. She will be answering your e-mails and your phone calls.

    Vävstuga around the web

    Here are some fun links to take a look at:

    Karen Isenhower’s blog — an interview with Becky, part 1 and part 2

    Laverne Waddington’s blog — this backstrap weaving expert describes a visit to Vävstuga during her recent trip to the US (we’re about midway down the long page)

    A Pinterest board — photos of beautiful things that have recently been made at Vävstuga

    Projects from last week's Vävstuga Treasures class

    Projects from last week's Vävstuga Treasures class