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    We have two new wonderful books for your summer reading list! Simple Weaves, by Birgitta Bengtsson Björk and Tina Ignell, and The Weaver’s Inkle Pattern Directory, by Anne Dixon. You can find them both in our Bookstore. Here are some video previews to whet your appetite.

    The bench baskets that so many of you covet are now available in our store. These baskets are made of ash right here in the USA.

    Vavstuga bench basket

    Vavstuga bench basket

    There are still a few tubes of the Borgs beautiful 3/1 cotton boucle yarn that was put on sale last month ($9.50 retail/$7 new sale price). The following color numbers remain in stock: 299, 321, 338, 245, 442, 417, 370, 365, 367, 343, 361, 353, 351, 238, 233, 438, 359 and 333.

    July’s statistics for warps wound: 85,944 meters of warp wound in 8/2 and 16/2 cottons, 22/2 cottolin and Tuna wool. That equates to 93,989 yards or 53 miles.

    Mark your calendars … our 2013 Class Schedule will be up on our website on Wednesday, September 19th!

    Take a look at these smiling faces and beautiful piles of weaving produced by our two Basics classes in July.

    Vavstuga Basics July 16-20, 2012

    Vavstuga Basics July 16-20, 2012

    Vavstuga Basics July 30-August 3, 2012

    Vavstuga Basics July 30-August 3, 2012

    The weather in New England has finally given us some relief with cool evenings and days filled with blue skies and lovely breezes.  What more could we ask for?

    July 2012

    It is with heavy hearts that we bid adieu to our current apprentice, Mary Beebee. Mary has worked tirelessly to make Vävstuga’s classes run smoothly and has kept everything in its place. She has accomplished much during her apprenticeship. Her presence will be missed, but like spring following winter our new apprentice Terry Slagel arrived on Tuesday morning, July 9th. Mary is briefing Terry on all things “apprentice” throughout the studio, store and dormitory area this week.

    Borgs has announced that they will no longer be supplying the beautiful 3/1 cotton boucle yarn that so many of you love. While inventory lasts we will discount the yarn 15% ($9.50 retail/$8 sale price).

    cotton boucle yarn on sale -- going, going, gone

    cotton boucle yarn on sale -- going, going, gone

    We’ve been tracking the number of warps we wind on a monthly basis and the statistics for June 2012 are as follows: 63,018 meters of warp wound in 8/2 and 16/2 cottons, 22/2 cottolin and Tuna wool. That equates to 68,192 yards or 39 miles.

    Here are some photos from our June classes.

    2012 Bands Plain & Fancy

    2012 Bands Plain & Fancy

    2012 June 18 Basics Collage

    2012 June 18 Basics Collage

    June 2012

    Our first Drawloom Basics class inaugurated the new off-site studio during the week of May 21-25th. The weavers produced copious quantities of beautifully executed handwovens.

    Drawloom class, May 2012

    Drawloom class, May 2012

    For those of you who are looking for a basic weaving book geared toward children we have Börja Väv! (Begin to Weave!). This precious book, which includes an English supplement, will allow you to share your passion of weaving with a young child this summer.

    The warp mills have slowed down a bit for April and May. We wound a mere 62 miles of warp, consisting of 8/2 and 16/2 cotton as well as cottolin.

    We’ve been crunching numbers so that ordering yarns from us in the future won’t be so daunting. We’ve been preparing handy reference lists for meters/kilo as well as yards/pound for most of our Borgs and Bockens yarns. Those will be appearing on our website soon. Whew, that was a great deal of work.

    A local cable station spent some time with us during Alumni week in May. We’ll let you know where to view the segment online, as soon as we get the link.

    Remember: our annual summer holiday will be June 24th through July 10th. We will not be answering the telephones or emails.

    May 2012

    Vävstuga Days (April 17-21st) was bustling and we enjoyed great folks attending, including two youngsters. The excitement of these two contemporaries stepping into the fold was such a pleasure to witness.

    2012 Vävstuga Days

    2012 Vävstuga Days

    Many people have asked us about Alumni Week and what it entails. The week of May 1-5 we hosted such a gathering. Alumni of Vävstuga Basics are invited to spend one day and up to five in the studio. Attendees may wind warps, use the mangle, explore the library and of course weave beautiful warps already on the looms (without a length limit). There is the option to stay in the dorm as well. The November 27-December 1st Alumni Week is now 65% full. We are planning some beautiful warps including some gorgeous yardage.

    2012 May Alumni Week

    2012 May Alumni Week

    Our 2013 schedule is currently in the works and will be published mid-September. We are constantly torn with the fact that there aren’t more than 24 hours in a day. Drats!

    April 2012

    The months of February and March, and the first week of April, have been filled with a multitude of wonderful classes and participants!

    Basics class, February 13-17

    Basics class, February 13-17

    Basics class, February 27 - March 2

    Basics class, February 27 - March 2

    Classics class, March 12-16

    Classics class, March 12-16

    Treasures class, March 19-23

    Treasures class, March 19-23

    Basics class, April 2-6

    Basics class, April 2-6

    As you can see, we’ve been busy. We couldn’t have been able to accomplish all that we do without the addition of our current apprentice, Mary Beebee, and our new employee Kim Sebrey. Kim joined the Vävstuga team in January as chief cook and gardener.

    Kim Sebrey, Vävstuga's new chief cook and gardener

    Kim Sebrey, Vävstuga's new chief cook and gardener

    We’ve been tracking the number of warps we wind on a monthly basis and thought you’d like to know our statistics for February and March 2012. There were 236,808 meters of warp wound in 8/2 and 16/2 cottons, 16/2 and 20/2 line linens, 22/2 cottolin and Tuna wool. That equates to 258,976 yards or 147 miles. Any day now our warping mills will be reaching warp speed!

    The adjustable and padded weaving benches that are so coveted in our studio are back in stock.

    We’ve had two authors donate their books to benefit the Vävstuga Scholarship Fund: Kati Reeder Meek, who wrote Reflections of a Flaxen Past, and Barbara Michelson, who authored Leave Nothing on the Back Burner. You can find both titles in the new Scholarship Fund Benefit section of our Bookstore.

    The response to Vävstuga Days has been overwhelming. There are just a few slots left on Friday, April 20th.

    February 2012

    If one of your goals for the New Year is to attend Vävstuga Basics, we only have the following spaces remaining for the calendar year:

    • February 13-17th, 1 spot with Room & Board available
    • February 27-March 2nd, 2 spots with Room & Board, 2 spots without Room & Board
    • April 2-6th, 2 spots with Room & Board
    • June 18-22nd, 1 spot without Room & Board
    • Jul 30-Aug 3rd, 3 spots with Room & Board

    Our newly revised Swedish Classics in January was a grand success! Check out the beautiful work from last week’s students. Peacham (a stuffed frog) from the Peacham, VT library system visited us for the class — see his photo essay about his adventures.

    Swedish Classics projects, January 2012

    Swedish Classics projects, January 2012

    Vävstuga Treasures participants are at work this week doing equally amazing things!

    This week's Treasures class

    This week's Treasures class

    The Vävstuga apprentice program is picking up steam. Sarah Easton finished her six-month stint on January 13th. She spent two weeks training incoming apprentice, Mary Beebee. Mary has been initiated into the Vävstuga family, and is working/playing hard and has already done lots of weaving. Our next opening for this incredible opportunity will be mid-January 2013.

    The latest Borgs order just arrived and is unpacked and on the shelves. Now is a good time to order Borgs wool yarns and string yarn, as most of our colors are currently in stock.

    Book preview of the month: Väv Som Vi! (Weave Like Us!), by Mariana Eriksson & Kerstin Lovallius (available in our Store).

    Mini movie of the month: Making choke ties

    October 2011

    As of October 1st we will be ceasing our regularly scheduled retail store hours and dedicating more of our precious time to our mail order business. This equates to more quality time available to spend with you, both in person and on the phone. You are always welcome to visit our store, but please call first to make an appointment. Our telephone hours will remain the same, Wednesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Due to a multitude of cancellations we have two spots available in Vävstuga Basics November 7-11, 2011. There is one bed available in our dorm for this particular week. If you’re interested, please contact us immediately. As always, a $200 deposit is required to secure a spot.

    If you’d like to apply for a scholarship to one of our Basics classes offered in 2012, send in your scholarship application soon.

    Becky has returned once more from a rich and fulfilling two-week trip to Sweden including the big national weaving conference “Väv” that happens every three years. She visited many of our suppliers.

    Östgötadräll

    Author Ann-Sofie Svansbo displaying Östgötadräll in her booth at Väv

    After the conference Becky spent an inspirational week under the expert instruction of Gunvor Johansson to further her knowledge of the art weaving techniques of southern Sweden. Gunvor is a professional weaver as well as renowned teacher. She specializes in drawlooms, and in the techniques of krabbasnar, halvkrabba, dukagang, trensaflossa and rolakan.

    Becky with Gunvor Johansson

    Becky with Gunvor Johansson

    New/returned to our bookstore:

    Book preview of the month: Ann-Sofie Svansbo’s Östgötadräll (Woven coverlets from Östergötland)

    Tropical Storm Irene was an unwelcome visitor on August 28, 2011. Our building did not suffer any damage but the retaining wall between our building and the Deerfield River was damaged considerably. We lost nearly 25′ of our 30′ backyard. Becky and her husband John lend scale to the size of the destruction.

    the retaining wall behind our building

    What's left of the retaining wall behind our building after Tropical Storm Irene

    Let’s hope that Autumn brings us all plenty of inspirational colors!

    Becky and Susan

    2012 Class Schedule

    Our 2012 class schedule is now available!

    The following classes do not require any previous weaving experience:

    We are also pleased to announce our newly configured Drawloom Basics class, a rare opportunity to explore the mystique of the drawloom. Our new drawloom studio is located at Becky’s childhood home, four miles out of town in a rural 1850s farmhouse surrounded by open land and tranquility. Weaving on a drawloom is not complicated and can open up an exhilarating world of patterning possibilities.

    The Vävstuga Scholarship Committee will be awarding scholarships for the Vävstuga Basics classes in the first half of 2012. Get your application in by the end of November.

    For those of you who are alumni of Vävstuga Basics, we offer Alumni Week, Swedish Classics and Vävstuga Treasures sessions.

    We are now taking enrollments for 2012. Our store/telephone hours are Wed–Sat from 1-5 p.m. Eastern Time. We accept MasterCard or VISA as telephone payment. Enrollment in a class is made at the time we receive your $200 deposit.

    August 2011

    They say summer is a time for reading, and we have three new titles to tantalize you. Most excitingly, Becky’s newest translation project is finished! Becky has been working for over three years on the English translation of Doris Wiklund’s book Old Swedish Weavings from North to South, and the book is now available to our customers. We know many of you have been waiting patiently for this fantastic collection of 144 beautifully photographed weavings, all analyzed and drafted out ready for any weaver to use. The numerous stories about the various pieces of weaving give a great insight into the culture and times, making this book enjoyable to just sit down and read. While you’re picking up your copy of Old Swedish Weavings, check out these other two related titles in our Store: Warp & Weft and The Big Book of Flax.

    Book preview of the month: Doris Wiklund’s Old Swedish Weavings from North to South

    Mini movie of the month: “Making a sturdy selvedge with string yarn”

    Our first week-long class in rep weave was an inspirational success. You can see in the photograph what our students were able to accomplish in just one week of immersion into this vivid design- and color-inspired technique.

    Rep class

    Our first week-long immersion class in rep weave: an inspirational success

    Our retail store is currently more beautifully stocked than ever with our high quality yarns in the infamous Swedish color palettes.

    yarn collage

    Our beautiful stock of high quality Swedish yarns

    We have a new apprentice, Sarah Easton from Putney, VT.

    Last but certainly not least, an absolutely beautiful event took place on Saturday, June 25, 2011. John Marcy and Becky Ashenden were married at Becky’s family home in Shelburne Center, MA. The celebrants included folks from as far away as Sweden. It was a joyful occasion for all. And yes, John wove his shirt material and Becky wove her dress.

    Becky & John's wedding

    Becky & John's wedding, 6/25/11

    Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    June 2011

    May was an exhilarating month with ten fully warped looms for two weeks straight — Vävstuga Days and Alumni Week. It was a blast to see so many you walking out of the building after a day of weaving with a bundle of freshly woven “goods” tucked under your arms.

    Spring Vävstuga Days was a smashing time

    Spring Vävstuga Days was a smashing time

    Book Preview of the Month: Doris Wiklund’s Det Gamla Linneskåpet (available in our Store)

    This month’s addition to our instructional mini movie series: “Bobbin winder maintenance”

    The Rep Variations class July 18th-22nd will have a spectacular array of warps and is a one-time opportunity to delve into this wonderful weave structure. Vävstuga Basics is not a prerequisite for this particular class, so do take advantage of this. We have two slots available and one dorm room remaining.

    The 2012 schedule will be published the last week of September. We will begin to take enrollment at that time.

    Enjoy your summer!