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    Happy December and Happy Holidays to all!

    We hope that all of our wishes for a healthy and happy New Year come true!

    We will be closing for the year on Wednesday, December 16th and reopening on Monday, January 4, 2021.

    Our Store has Moved!

    Our big news this month is that our inventory has now moved into our new store (what was once the Flax House for those of you who have visited us here).

    Becky made multiple trips with her van this week and Tonya was busy putting the yarns and books on shelves, in addition to filling orders as usual.

    There is more work to do, but it’s looking and feeling pretty cozy and busy. We look forward to having many of you here in person as soon as the time is right.

    As a matter of interest, this little building that has been our Flax House in recent years was also Becky’s place of residence in her 20s.

    Located just behind her parents’ farmhouse and heated by an old wood stove, Becky began her illustrious career in this cozy space.

    This photograph of her weaving on her loom in this building was taken in the early 80s.

    Future attractions:

    Online Instruction

    Becky has been making progress on her Basics class video. Most of the footage is done, as well as much of the first round of editing. There are bound to be several more rounds (as anyone who has gone through this process knows). This will be valuable to any new weavers, but also of interest to those who have already taken our Basics class in the past as it will provide a wonderful review. We are hoping to have some of our initial content available on the web store by January.

    Other online videos will include Becky’s older videos “Dressing Your Loom the Swedish Way” and “Dressing Your Swedish Drawloom”. It feels good to finally be making progress on this front, as we know many of you do not have DVD players anymore. Becky remembers in her early 30s how exciting it was to have these videos available on VHS.

    Weaving Retreats

    We had hoped to offer some Winter and Spring Weaving Retreats here at the Farmhouse, but we really need to see how everything is proceeding in the upcoming months. If you would be interested in this opportunity, feel free to write to us so we can reach out to you when we know more. We will only make this opportunity available if we can guarantee safety for everybody.

    Staff News

    As the pandemic has carried on longer than any of us had hoped or expected, some of our staff have needed to take on new pursuits.

    Tonya continues to be your main point of contact at the store and via email and phone. You can reach her more directly by using the orders@vavstuga.com email, although she will be checking the office email, as well.

    Tonya writes: “Praying this letter finds you well and that you are enjoying your weaving endeavors. The past few months I have been helping Becky pack up and move the store to the farm location. I am now settling into Vävstuga’s new store here on the farm property (old flax house) and cannot wait to have store visitors! Merry Christmas!”

    Bettie writes: “With reduced hours due to the pandemic, I have taken a new position as a Contact Tracer with the MA Community Tracing Collaborative led by Partners in Health. I bring my professional background in public health research to this work and I hope to make a contribution to slowing the spread of Covid-19 in the state. I will continue to work a few hours each week managing the financial side of Vävstuga for the time being, as well as continuing to work as a Technical Editor for Handwoven magazine and WEBS. Suddenly, it will be a very busy time after a rather quiet fall! I have so missed seeing and talking/emailing with all of you in our weaving community and look forward to reconnecting in the new year as the pandemic gets under control. I hope all of you and your loved ones stay safe and well and have a carefully wonderful holiday season!”

    Kim writes: “Since this pandemic started.. its been a bit crazy.. all the ups and downs and all arounds. I have been biding my time waiting to get back to cooking at Vävstuga. I have missed my work family and look forward to seeing everyone soon. I hope by springtime things will have calmed down and we all can get back to some sense of normal. During this time so many of us are reflecting on what’s truly important. Making changes to our lives to keep afloat.. etc. even I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone a bit. My silver lining is that I have been painting more frequently and even hope to sell on a regular basis out of my studio. Time will tell if I can pull it off, and I am grateful for that time and am trying to make the best use of it. I hope everyone has found a silver lining in all of this craziness and I wish you all a happy holiday season! Warmly, Kim”

    Katie writes: “I am thankful to be able to continue my Free Ramblin’ Kids work in a great studio I started renting at the beginning of the year. Although my typical craft fair season was all but cancelled, a handful of small makers markets and local shops have offered some much appreciated normalcy. Also, after many years of dreaming and scheming, I am excited to be taking steps to build a tiny house on wheels in Summer 2021, with the help of Yestermorrow Design/Build School.”

     

    November News

    Upcoming transitions

    November is finding us as busy as bees preparing our new space and processing final store orders before moving our inventory to its new location at the farm house after the Thanksgiving holiday.

    We will be closing at 3pm on Wednesday, November 25th for the holiday weekend and will remain closed for several days during the first week of December to do our annual physical inventory and move.

    We will do our best to accept last minute orders in early December, but encourage you to shop before then, if possible. More information will be in our December Newsletter.

    We hope you are as excited about some of our new offerings this month as we are.

    Vävstuga Warping Mill

    The best choice for small studios and good ergonomics.


    Our stylish and sturdy Vävstuga 2m Warp Mill is 73″ tall x 28″ wide, easily allowing you to wind warps up to 12 meters long or even 20 meters if your yarn is fine and your warp narrow.

    Also available for purchase is an Extra Lease Bar for those wishing to wind a warp with two crosses.

    The heavy base is equipped with rubber feet which grip and protect your floor. We have chosen to use hard yellow pine grown in the southeastern United States for its beauty and durability.

     

    Two New Warps-to-Go

    Rep Placemats & Runners

    Vintage design from Becky’s production past

    These are placemats from the ’80s and ’90s that Becky sold during her production years. These warps were always 30 m long which produced a short runner, medium runner, and long runner, as well as around 30 placemats. Some of these colorways were produced several times, especially the one in naturals which she remembers being quite popular with customers.

    This was the jumping off point for the design we are debuting this month. It is now our pleasure to bring this design back into circulation as our new Rep Placemats & Runner Warp-to-Go for you to weave at home. Check out all the color choices available or choose your own. These will make wonderful holiday gifts!

    Plattväv Coverlet

    An impressive yet accessible project with just 4 shafts & 4 treadles

    This Plattväv Coverlet (a monksbelt variation) has been a favorite in our classes. We have adapted it from a traditional bed curtain woven it Ytterboda, in Dalarna Sweden.

    Kringbyggd gård i den norra delen av Överboda. Byggnadsbeståndet är fortfarande välbevarat med en framträdande parstuga i två våningar som manbyggnad.

    A farm in Ytterboda och Överboda, Sweden

    Tonya wove one for a customer in their color choices and they added a sheepskin backing from Leprechaun Sheepskin Company.  Bettie wove two to hang as doorway curtains between her studio and office and her son’s bedroom. He chose the light grey colorway. It is great fun to play with pattern and color in this structure.


    Now you can order the new Plattväv Coverlet Warp-to-Go and weave a cozy addition for your home or as a beautiful gift to a lucky recipient.

    Choose your own colors and a warp length of 3m, 6m, or 9m.

    See directions on each of the warp-to-go pages on our web store for how to choose your own colors and let us know by email at orders@vavstuga.com when you place your order.

     

     

    Books back in stock

    Weaver’s Inkle Pattern Directory: 400 Warp-Faced Weaves by Anne Dixon

    While the book has been available, we’ve been out of stock. We are happy to have this back on our shelves if you’ve been thinking about it.

     

    Drawloom Weaving by Joanne Hall

    This book has recently been updated with 16 new pages.

     

     

    Another gem from the internet

    Unbelievable Russian velvet

    The challenges of the Kremlin velvet

    October 2020

    Happy Fall Banner With Autumn Leaf Border Royalty Free Cliparts, Vectors, And Stock Illustration. Image 83719799.

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    Happy Fall Yarn Sale!

    We have moved our annual Thanksgiving Yarn Sale earlier to prepare for consolidating our studios at the Farm House before the snow flies.

    20% off yarn orders placed online with gratitude for your business and friendship!

    Sale begins on Monday, October 12th at 12:01am (just after midnight on Sunday) and ends on Sunday, October 18th at 11:59pm.

    (sale includes in-stock yarns ordered online only)

    Place your orders at https://store.vavstuga.com/

    Please note – We will be closed for the Monday, October 12th holiday. Order processing will begin on Tuesday, October 13th with orders placed on Monday and will continue in the order they are received throughout the week.

    Thank you for your patience as orders will be processed with reduced staffing due to Covid precautions.

    For your future planning, the store will remain open at Water Street until Thanksgiving 2020 and will re-open at the Farmhouse in 2021.

     

    Vävstuga Tote Bag

    Our Vävstuga Tote Bag, is now available on our web store. Woven of jute, it is large and stands on its own.

    A handy and eco-friendly bag to use for running errands, it will also let others know about your weaving passion and your fondness for Vävstuga.

    The bag is 16″ wide x 13.5″ tall. It opens to about 8″ deep, with a 6.5″ high handle.

     

    Linen Weavers

    We had several ambitious linen weavers join us in September and we share with you some of their beautiful projects along with our grand display of Becky’s handwoven linens.

    2021 Class Schedule

    Having had our final class for 2020 two weeks ago, we have been busy continuing our move out of the Water Street studio and into the Farmhouse on Bassett Road.

    We usually publish our annual class schedule with our October Newsletter. However, times are just too uncertain right now to issue any promises about what next year can look like, especially with class dates.

    We are working on a tentative schedule, including additional ventilated classroom space for the warmer months. We just need to wait until the time comes closer to see what Massachusetts and other states will allow. We remain hopeful as we prioritize the safety of all our students and staff.

    We will let you know when the 2021 class schedule is ready with this monthly Newsletter.

    Interesting videos for your viewing pleasure

    If you are unable to open them from the links below, please copy and paste the url into your browser.

    An amazing Hungarian lace maker

    https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/10/mixed-media-lace-agnes-herczeg/?mc_cid=4cc4c309a5&mc_eid=2eea7f5219

    Mural lace in France

    https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/09/nespoon-lace-mural-calais/?mc_cid=c704a03146&mc_eid=2eea7f5219

    Wabanaki art of basket making

    https://www.themainemag.com/features/weaving-stories/#close

     

     

    September News

    September finds us still busy as bees with our last classes of the year while the weather is still welcoming in our spacious and open Barn studio. Look for news in October concerning exciting developments for classes starting Spring 2021.

    Until then we will be moving, reconfiguring, and still letting you know of new products every month along with details of our progress in our Bassett Homestead location.

    Swedish Classics September 14-18

    We have one spot available in our Swedish Classics class next week.  If you are from MA or a “safe” state allowed to travel into MA, let us know if you’re interested by emailing office@vavstuga.com. The projects are gorgeous and quintessentially Swedish.

    NEW Bath set Warps to Go! – 12 pieces

    Our stylish Bath set Warps to Go includes 4 Bath towels, 4 Hand towels, and 4 Washcloths.

    There are 15 colorways to choose from, or substitute your own choice of colors to complement your decor. They will give you and your house guests a pleasant and unusual bathing experience. Woven with a doubled 6/1 tow linen weft, these thick towels and wash cloths made with over 75% linen will magically absorb more moisture than you might expect.

    Just 4 of the 15 possible colorways!

    Vävstuga Favorites

    Three great weaving friends joined us last week for some independent Vävstuga Favorites projects.  Some gorgeous linen runners, a beautiful set of napkins, and yards of rep placemats and runners were produced over 4 days by this fun and talented group.

    Introducing – Eva the Loom Fairy!

    Former Väv Immersion student Eva Gaultney has taken on a new role as our traveling Loom Fairy and will cheerfully assist you at your home giving you fresh confidence to pursue fruitful and creative weaving experiences in your near future.

    Do you want some personal hand-holding while:

    • Setting up you loom?
    • Beaming your warp?
    • Tying up the treadles?
    • Tips on maintaining a good shed?
    • Getting started in general?
    • Finding various solutions to weaving and loom issues?

    Her specialty is working with Glimåkra looms, but she has experience with many other kinds of looms as well. Feel free to send a photograph of your loom to Eva to ask if she can assist you.

    Details for Eva:

    I can travel a 2 hour driving radius from Shelburne, MA 01370.

    I will arrive with a mask on and if there are any other accommodations you need from me, please let me know.

    RATE:

    • Initial Hour: $35
    • Subsequent hours: $25/hour
    • Travel: Federal mileage rate per round trip (currently $0.575/mile)

    Send your email inquires to: loomfairy.eva@gmail.com

    Tonya’s Weavings

    We have finally included Tonya’s page on our website – long overdue. Take a look at her weaving journey since her arrival in 2016 at httsp://www.facebook.com/TonyasWovens/

    Two of Tonya’s amazing draw loom projects:

    Special tidbits

    The Invention of Trousers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P17siWwzibs

    A Rug gone Wild

    A Staggering Sculptural Rug by artist Faig Ahmed Pours into an Amorphous Puddle

     

    August 2020

    Two wonderful books are back in print

    Warp and Weft

    This concise, but encyclopedic, collection of weave structures is a must for everybody’s weaving library. This long-awaited reprint has been meeting boundless enthusiasm already.

    The extensive collection of projects includes full draw downs and profile drafts. A close-up photograph of the woven fabric is shown adjacent to each draw down, and the text goes into detail about each structure in a straightforward, understandable manner.

    The honeycomb curtains that hang in our Water Street studio are just one of the exciting structures in this book.

    These curtains are also available in the Farmhouse Projects class.

     

     

     


    Favourite Rag Rugs: 45 Inspiring Weave Designs

    We are delighted that Tina Ignell’s superb rag rug book is back in print.

    It is beautifully illustrated, with nearly 200 examples, including variations on plain weaves, twills, satins, block weaves, color effects, double weaves and lampas, as well as a variety of more unusual structures.

    Also included is a bonus of 5 rugs woven on the same warp.

    The color photos are clear and close-up and accompanied by complete draw-downs and profile drafts.

    There is plenty of new inspiration to be gleaned from this beautiful book.

     

     

     

     

    Table Sets to Go


    We are offering you a new Warp-to-Go with our Tablecloth and Napkin sets.

    There is nothing like the joy of a brand new, cheerful table covering along with napkins to match.

    In times of being cloistered at home, it’s surprising what a difference these small aesthetic touches can make in your day.

    The “Small Tablecloth” can be woven in two slightly different sizes, depending on what reed you choose, expanding this option for people with limited loom size.

    The “Large Tablecloth” can also be woven in two different reeds, giving you a total of four sizes to choose from for this project. See all our Warps to Go.

     

     

     

    Phone hours are back

    We are now opening up our phone hours on a limited basis and would love to hear from you on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-2pm.

     

    Store visits by appointment

    For those of you who are local shoppers, we now welcome you to make an appointment to come browse the store in person. Shopping groups are limited to 2 people who plan to shop together. Masks are required.

     

    Update on classes

    We have held successful class weeks in the Barn studio in July and we are currently enjoying a small group of students in our Vävstuga Bandloom class. We hope to hold more classes in the coming weeks, but as the United States continues to reel with virus outbreaks, we do not rest assured that classes will continue into the fall. We are contemplating other options for folks to spend time safely in our studio and library and we continue our work towards creating content online. Our newsletter will keep you informed as our plans for the near future develop. Thank you for subscribing and for your support!

    July News

    Hello dear and valued Vävstuga friends,

    Book Sale on Vävstuga Press Titles

    As a celebration of offering Vävstuga weaving classes for 30 years, we have dedicated our entire month of July to an unprecedented Vävstuga Press book sale. These books sit at the heart of our mission to provide quality weaving education in the Swedish tradition in the English language.

    The 20% off sale runs until July 31st at midnight.  Please place your orders on our web store. The discount will appear in your shopping basket. We appreciate your business very much!

    Transitions at Vävstuga

    This challenging time has been described by many as offering an opportunity to rethink and envision a “new normal”. We have been focusing on how to shift our attention during these last few months to ensure that Vävstuga will continue to thrive and provide quality education for generations to come.

    We ask for, and appreciate, your ongoing support with what that will look like for Vävstuga.

    Moving to Bassett Road, Shelburne

    The beautiful Shelburne Falls weaving studio, which many of you have grown to love, has become too large a financial burden for Vävstuga to sustain with the uncertainty of when full-size classes can resume in a small space. We are in the process of locating the entire business to the Farmhouse and Barn Studios on Basset Road in Shelburne, MA. We anticipate the development of the Bassett Road property into a glorious, comfortable, and peaceful weaving retreat which will be a continuing work in progress.

    Virtual Learning

    This necessary shift comes with other changes. In order to make our weaving classes available to a wider audience at a time when fewer students can come to us, Becky will commence putting all of her class materials on video to be available by subscription. This will be a large undertaking as we review the last 30 years of a substantial amount of class material and we are committed to taking the time to do it well. If all goes as planned, a starter package will be available later this year.

    Survey

    In order to learn more about everyone’s needs and desires, we have put together a survey which should not take long to complete. The answers you share will be invaluable to us and we thank you in advance for your time and input. Click here for a link to the Vävstuga Transition Survey.

    Our sister organization, Fabric of Life 501c3, is also going through a time of transition and has created a survey of their own. Over the next several months they will be reevaluating how to steer their focus to suit our inevitable “new normal”. Your input will be invaluable to their decision-making during this process. Becky appreciates your time in completing this survey, as well. Click here for a link to the Fabric of Life 501c3 Transition Survey.

    Thank you for your time!

    Weaving Exhibition in two parts

    Along with news of transition, we bring you an opportunity to see new projects that Becky has been working on. These two videos ended up on the long side, so set yourself up with a cup of tea and sit back! If you think you hear some rain and thunder, you are correct! Not our intention, but that’s how it turned out. Those of you in dry places might enjoy that part.

    Part 1: Recent Woven Projects Becky has been busy weaving new projects she has developed over the last year, along with emptying warp beams that have been waiting for her attention. Please enjoy the beautiful results!

    Part 2: Sigrid Palmgren’s Väv Bok project focuses on an exciting book project that we have been engaged in, and will continue to work on, which included weaving new examples for the reprint of a wonderful book. The video features work done in the last year (except for one set of towels from 13 years ago). All this weaving work is made possible by our wonderful staff at Vävstuga and our team of enthusiastic weavers who have joined this project.

    Virtual Classroom

     

     

    We have added two video lessons this month to our Virtual Classroom to enable you to weave a blanket double the width of your loom.

    Our Blanket Warps to Go are now a possibility for weavers with narrower looms.

    Here are the links to:

    Pre-sleying a double-width blanket warp

    and

    Double-width tie-up construction

     

    MA Phased Reopening

    As the Northeast gradually and tentatively opens up, we welcome our first students next week since last March. Our Governor is only allowing travelers to enter MA from the 6 other Northeastern States.


    We will have a small group taking our Vävstuga Basics class in our barn studio, which has plenty of ventilation and good separation between looms and tables.

    Each student will have their own basket of supplies and we will be eating our mid-day meal in the fresh air.

    We are taking all the precautions we can to keep everybody safe, and we are eager to bring our classes back to life as long as the Northeast continues on its good path. We encourage everyone to do their part to contain the virus by wearing masks, keeping socially distant, washing hands, and following the guidance of our health experts. Be well!

    Two more fun links

    The following videos were sent to us by two of our students. If you cannot open the links directly, you can copy and paste the URLs into your browser.

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=229728951445053

    https://www.selvedge.org/blogs/selvedge/soundweaving

     

     

    June News

    We hope you continue to be well and safe as Covid-19 continues to disrupt our lives and as different parts of our country attempt to find a ‘new normal’ in varying ways.

    Here at Vävstuga we continue to follow the directives of our Governor as we move through a phased re-opening in Massachusetts and we are encouraged that the rates continue to decline. We are still maintaining a reduced onsite staff, with safety precautions in place to fill your orders and answer your emails, but no phone hours for the time being.

    When do we reopen?

    As of now we are still not holding classes. Phase 3 re-opening in Massachusetts is slated to start on June 29, and would allow us to hold classes, however there is no guarantee that this date is firm, and we have more research to do concerning travel restrictions which are not yet published. We will be in touch with all of our registered students as soon as we know more. We feel it is imperative to make a responsible decision that does not put others at risk.

    Week-long Break starting June 22

    After many months of tireless service during these stressful and challenging times, the Vävstuga staff deserves a week-long break. We will continue to keep up with minimal shipping next week and will be back full steam ahead to serve you the week of June 29. Thank you for your patience.

    Two New Books

    Rya Rugs: Design and Make Your Own

    We are excited to offer this new and beautiful book, Rya Rugs: Design and Make Your Own by author and teacher Melinda Purcell Byrd. As the granddaughter of Bill and Angie Lundgren of Lundgren Rya in Northboro, Massachusetts, she grew up around ryas and rya designers. Their rya business provided all the supplies needed from Sweden for the rya rug making process. In their later years, her grandparents counted on Melinda to act as primary designer, teacher, and business manager. You can enjoy Melinda’s blog at her website where she generously shares her love and knowledge of rya rugs and more.

    This colorful book rich with photos includes history, personal stories by experienced rya rug makers from across the USA and the Nordic countries, but most of all, it shares all the tips and tricks of how to make a rya rug step-by-step, as well as how to design your own. It will be appreciated by both novice and advanced rya rug makers alike.

     

     

    Bound Plattväv Coverlets: And Kubbe’s Weaver Brothers

    We are delighted to announce the completion and availability of Becky’s translation of Åsa Viksten Strömbom‘s book Bottentäcken, now offered by Vävstuga Press as Bound Plattväv Coverlets: And Kubbe’s Weaver Brothers.

    The book features an unusual weave structure for coverlets, as well as relating the lives of the two brothers responsible for this innovative technique. While the technique uses traditional designs, there are no large floats on the front side of the fabric, making it ideal for coverlets, pillows, and upholstery.

     

    See Vävstuga Press book sale below.

     

     

     

     

    Looking ahead to July: Book Sale

    We are planning a Book Sale on all of our Vävstuga Press titles for your shopping pleasure during the entire month of July. We’ve never had a book sale before but we felt like offering something new and different during these challenging times when so many of us are spending more time at home. Doesn’t a new pile of weaving books sound like a very good way to spend some of that “home” time?

    Statement from Fabric of Life Newsletter

    June has been a month of national unrest, both sad and humbling. Our sister organization Fabric of life has posted a letter sharing our sentiment concerning recent events, which you may have already seen, but we include it here in case you have not read it and are interested.

    May News

    We hope you are well and safe as Covid-19 continues to disrupt our lives. Our Vävstuga staff is working from home as much as possible. We are still maintaining a reduced onsite staff, with safety precautions in place to fill your orders and answer your emails, but no phone hours for the time being.

    We really appreciate your support through your online orders and we look forward to being in touch and hearing about your current weaving projects.

    Annual Spring Online Yarn Sale

    It’s time to plan your Spring and Summer weaving! 

    In order to give you a bit more time to shop during our May sale this year we are extending it to 7 days. We still recommend you shop early as it is first come first serve on our beautiful yarns. It may take a tad longer than normal to get your yarns to you with our reduced staff, but we assure you we will send things out as fast as we safely can.  (Sorry, sale does not include our Yarn-in-a-jar or Warp-to-go products).

    20% off in-stock yarn orders placed online at store.vavstuga.com with gratitude for your business and friendship!

    Sale begins on Monday, May 25th at 12:01am (just after midnight on Sunday) and ends on Sunday, May 31st at 11:59pm.

    Sale is on in-stock yarns only. Online orders will be processed beginning on Tuesday, May 26th in the order in which they are received.

    New Warps to Go

    Coverlet Band Warp to Go

    Perhaps you have woven, or may plan to weave, one of our beautiful coverlets and you would like to surround it with a matching band.

    Perhaps you would simply like to experience weaving a gorgeous band on a floor loom.

    Becky has created this new Warp to Go for our much requested Coverlet band.

    See below for links to our Virtual Classroom for more on designing and weaving such a band.

     

     

    Enkel Skillbragd Coverlet Warp to Go

    This satisfying Norwegian coverlet is fairly quick and easy to weave, as far as sheepskin-backed coverlets go.

    Purchase this warp all ready to beam onto your loom at home. No need to worry about the math, simply email your color choices when you order to orders@vavstuga.com and let us do the rest.

    Details for choosing colors are on each of the Warps to Go web pages.

     

     

    Towel Warps to Go and New Color Changing Tool

    We have added multiple new colorways for our Towel Warps to Go for your shopping ease and pleasure. You might be inspired to create your own colorways and we look forward to seeing them.

    New Color Changing Tool

    We are very excited to introduce a fun and useful color changing tool available for many of our Towel Warps to Go. Designed for us by the talented Rebecca Green, this tool allows you to play with colors in your towel stripes and get a sense of how the towels will look.

    Check out the Design Tool for the Towel Warp to Go #2 shown in this picture.

    Of course, to avoid disappointment, we recommend you use our Yarn-in-a-Jar design tool to know what colors you are choosing, as screen colors can be misleading.

    Tablecloths too! These towels have a generous width even in twill. The plain weave sett can be used to weave darling 21″ square tablecloths.

     

    Yarn Play Ground

    After a momentary web store glitch, our Yarn Play Ground is back up and running in our yarn store.  Just go to any of our dyed yarn pages, click and drag the yarn swatches into the Yarn Mini-Playground to the left and move them around as you might play with yarns if you were in our store. Cottolin for example:

    Virtual Classroom

    Do you want to start from scratch and design your own Coverlet Band to weave on a floor loom? Learn how in our Virtual Classroom on video lessons #5 for designing and #6 for weaving.

    You will find other video lessons on the Virtual Classroom, as well as our Project Sheets, Sett Chart, and Metric Reed Conversion Table.

    Since we can’t let you into our beautiful studio at this time, Becky is offering these free lessons and tools for your learning and weaving pleasure.

    Call for Swedish Style Textiles

    The American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia is asking our Vävstuga weavers for suggestions on how to acquire modern textiles inspired by 18th and 19th century Swedish handcraft. This is an opportunity to sell or donate a wall hanging, runner, carriage cushion, etc

    Trevor is eager to hear of any such options that could be out there to acquire textiles for his new exhibit. One of their more dramatic historic interiors represents a colonial revival interpretation of a 19th century stuga interior.  As part of their plans for a large exhibition they are hosting between September and March, Trevor will be de-installing the existing textile gallery and re-interpreting the stuga interior as a primarily textile-focused interior space.

    This is a wonderful museum that hosted a Vävstuga textile presentation last year. It is worth joining in order to receive their lovely newsletter, even if you can’t go in person.

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class or visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) once we are able to gather together again. 
    For now visit our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group

     

    April 2020

    These unusual times have changed all of our lives. As our Vävstuga staff is mostly home-bound, we have taken the time to provide some useful and inspirational goodies to encourage you to take a break from other worries, if only momentarily.

    Our office/phone hours are still closed until further notice, but web store orders are welcome and appreciated, although packages may take a little longer to leave our doorstep. Bettie will be checking the office@vavstuga.com email from home if you need to reach us. We wish you all wellness and safety.

    Virtual Classroom

    Since we cannot let you into our beautiful studio right now, we bring Becky’s home studio directly to you with a Virtual Classroom. Watch our first group of instructional videos on proportioning stripes and calculating yarn quantity using your own color wrappings. We also have other useful project planning tools here.

    Vävstuga projects to make at home

    Towels & blankets
    Becky has dug out a basket full of Cottolin color windings made over many years of teaching. Most were made as a way to demonstrate color wrapping techniques for designing stripes. We have done the math for you and will wind you warps for towels or blankets and send them along with project sheets giving you a few options. Check out our designs on our new Warps to Go page. We will keep adding things here, so stay tuned. (FYI – First come first served on Tuna – we are awaiting a shipment but unsure of timing.)
    Stjerne coverlet
    We offer another special project for you to weave at home. “Stjerne” is one our favorite coverlets, as adapted by us from Åklær Å kle ei seng, a book that is sadly out of print. The original used 24/2 cotton, but our adaptation uses 16/2 cotton to make it a little easier. Let us know if you want to add a sheepskin backing after weaving your own beautiful coverlet!

    Damask napkin video by Becky

    Becky demonstrates weaving a 10 shaft satin napkin on a 70cm Ideal Glimåkra loom, which wasn’t supposed to be possible on a loom designed for only 8 shafts and treadles. Extra treadles are added on a longer rod, and she makes do with holes on the lamms by doubling up some of the cords in the lamm holes. Bumpers help keep the shafts even with the damask pulleys in use. A special tip about keeping linen under control on the shuttle is shown as well as using a pin to keep your place.

    Can we weave something for you?

    If you see a woven piece on our website that you would like to commission us to weave, that is currently a possibility. Just tell us what picture you are looking at, and request a quote and timeline. We will get back to you.

    Korean paper basket video

    We thought you might enjoy this short video on Korean paper weaving of baskets.

    COVID-19 update (3/24/20)

    Dear Weaving Friends,

    Due to MA Governor Baker’s decision to close non-essential businesses until April 7th, we at Vävstuga will be complying with this advisory in order to ensure the safety of our staff and to do our part in the slowing of this virus.

    At this time, our phone hours are closed. Bettie will be checking emails from home, so office@vavstuga.com is the best way to reach us if you need to.

    We will continue to process and ship online orders. However, we are limiting staff to one person in the building, and to limited hours during the next few weeks. This may cause a longer than usual processing time. We appreciate your business and your patience!

    We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health experts in the coming weeks.

    Stay home, enjoy weaving and other creative pursuits, and be well.

    Best regards,
    Becky