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  • 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.


    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!

    May 2011

    Happy spring! Our spring Vävstuga Days is coming up next week (May 10-14, Tuesday-Saturday). This is your one and only opportunity this year to experience this delightful open weaving event. This includes our infamous and lovely afternoon teatime. We have some slots remaining. If you are familiar with our studio, please bring a friend. You can see by our beautiful projects that the Vävstuga elves have out done themselves for your weaving pleasure. No experience is necessary!

    Projects for spring Vavstuga Days

    Projects for spring Vavstuga Days

    Vävstuga Basics has topped the charts once again … there is one spot remaining for this year for this comprehensive class the week of November 7-11.

    The latest offering in our series of instructional mini movies, “Measuring the Width of Your Loom”, explains how to determine your loom width. Believe it or not, it is not that simple a task.

    Check out our May “Book Preview of the Month” on film, showcasing the beautiful book Rep Weaves, which is recently back in print (available in our Store).

    April 2011

    We have been having an inspiring Spring season here at Vävstuga, as can see from these pictures of our last three sessions: Treasures, Bands, and Rag Rugs.

    March 2011 Treasures class

    March 2011 Treasures class

    April 2011 Bands class

    April 2011 Bands class

    April 2011 Rag Rugs class

    April 2011 Rag Rugs class

    Mini movies are back! The latest offering in our series of instructional mini movies, “Vävstuga treadling techniques”, explains how to find the next treadle on a floor loom without looking at your feet.

    We are also proud to introduce our “Book Preview of the Month” on film, showcasing the beautiful book Varp och Inslag (available in our Store).

    March 2011

    Due to ever increasing demand, we have added a Vävstuga Basics class to our schedule on September 5-9, 2011. Yes, this is Labor Day week but perhaps someone wants to “work” in a beautiful weaving studio during this holiday. The class is filling quickly, so let us know if you are interested.

    Snow angel gracing Vävstuga's entrance, made by Ruth and Yohannah from our February Basics class

    Snow angel gracing Vävstuga's entrance, made by Ruth and Yohannah from our February Basics class

    Becky and John recently came back from a two-week trip to Sweden including a wonderful visit with Doris and Jean Wiklund way up north in Kiruna. Check out the beautiful reindeer we came across while out skiing in the way below 0° weather! The trip also included a superb visit to Holma Hälsinglands, where Margareta gave us a grand tour of where our high quality weaving yarns are produced, as well as side trips to the Dala Horse factory and Insjönsväveri. Come see the goodies we have in our store as a result!

    Reindeer near the ski trail in Kiruna

    Reindeer near the ski trail in Kiruna

    Becky touring the Holma Hälsinglands factory

    Becky touring the Holma Hälsinglands factory

    Doris’s book, En Annan Bild av Lappland, is now back in our bookstore (hand carried from Sweden). Becky has now completed the translation of Doris’s second book, Old Swedish Weavings from North to South: A Collection of Everyday Swedish Weavings from 1850 to 1950, which is currently in the process of being printed! We will let you know as soon as this wonderful book becomes available.

    February 2011

    Joanne Hall will join us from Montana for the week of April 18–22nd to teach our tapestry and inlay class, Tapestry on 4 Shafts. This course does not require any prerequisites and offers a great deal of information for all levels of weavers. Participants will enjoy a color theory session as well as hands-on use of many of our materials. Check out the updated class description.

    The soonest openings for our Vävstuga Basics classes are for the week of November 7–11th.

    We have four new Treasures projects being offered in March. Check out our updated Vävstuga Treasures page and its newly reformatted Treasures calendar.

    Here is a picture that we snapped last week after our last wintry blast. We are staying warm and hope you are too!

    Vävstuga in winter

    Vävstuga in winter

    January 2011

    We have 4 wonderful additions to our bookstore for you to check out:

    Four new books in our  bookstore

    Four new books in our bookstore

    The economically priced carbon reeds that we have provided for our customers for many years are unfortunately no longer available to us. In the future we will be stocking stainless steel reeds. Our final stock of carbon steel reeds is as follows. First come, first served!

    • 70 cm long: 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 70, 80,110
    • 100 cm long: 20, 30
    • 120 cm long: 20, 25, 40, 50, 60, 70,120

    For those of you who have taken our prerequisite Vävstuga Basics class, check out our Swedish Classics and Vävstuga Treasures updates. All upcoming projects now have pictures!

    Have a great winter and stay warm,
    Becky and Susan

    December 2010

    The Vävstuga elves have been busy fattening our beams for Vävstuga Days and Alumni Week. Check out these beautiful sample warps.

    Four warps for Vävstuga Days and Alumni Week

    Four warps for Vävstuga Days and Alumni Week

    We still have some openings for Vävstuga Days earlier in the week (of 12/5-9). Please call us to see what is available. The Alumni Week (12/13-17) has a few openings as well, and a great line-up of afternoon events.

    A very special concert will be offered Friday 12/7, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, during Alumni Week. Come listen to Trei Arcuşi (Becky, Miamon and Chuck) play traditional music from Scandinavia and Transylvania! If you are not an alum of Vävstuga and would like to attend the concert, we welcome you to do so. Please call or email to let us know that you are coming.

    trei arcusi (miamon, becky, and chuck)

    Trei Arcusi (Miamon, Becky, and Chuck)