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  • April 2021

    Hello weaving friends,

    Can you believe it is April already?! The daffodils are coming up and we will be assembling our 20’x30′ classroom tent soon.  We are using this time to continue some needed renovations at our Farmhouse facility, as we still wait for our final licensing in order to let you all know when we can open our doors. One thing we do know is that each day is bringing us closer to that eagerly anticipated moment of welcoming our students to classes.

    Meanwhile, check out our exciting offerings for this month.

    New Rep Warps to Go

    Our new rep rugs, place mats and runners are “Out of this World“!  See the 15 beautiful colorways Becky has created for our Rep planets warps to go.

    Becky adapted this classic design for a rep class many years ago and has woven it in several colors and sizes over the years. Now you too can enjoy the satisfaction of making these stunning rugs, runners and place mats. No need to worry about the math, simply choose a colorway and let us do the rest. Of course, if you’d like to customize these colors a little bit, please request our PDF to make the process easy for both of us.

    Here are 5 of the 15 Rep planet colorways that you will find among our ever-growing Warps to Go options.

    24/2 Dyed Cotton limited supply discount

    The dyed Borgs 24/2 cotton yarn has currently gone out of production and we are happy to offer our remaining stock at a 25% discount while it lasts – first-come first-served. These are the 8 colors we have remaining with from 3 – to – 10 tubes of each available at press time. Please order online so discount gets automatically applied.

    Weaving Tips Video

    Our beautiful Table Sets Warps to Go are available in 15 colorways or you may choose your own colors to complement your home decor or a special set of plates.

    Weaving plaids takes a bit of know how to get them square  and involves a number of color changes. Becky has added a short video at the bottom of the page for each of the Table sets colorways so you can see how she measures for square and also a simple splice for all those color changes. We hope this inspires you to weave a colorful Table Set of your own.

     

    Annual Spring Online Yarn Sale

    with gratitude for your business and friendship!

    It’s time to plan your Spring and Summer weaving at our May Day online sale! 

    This year our spring yarn sale will begin on May Day, Saturday, May 1st and will be extended to 8 days.

    We still recommend you shop early as it is first-come first-served on our beautiful yarns. (As always, our 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

    Sale begins on Saturday, May 1st at 12:01am and ends on Sunday, May 8th at 11:59pm.

    Sale is on in-stock yarns only and orders will be processed in the order in which they are received.

     

    Salmon Falls Showroom – Nordic Journey – 3 more weeks

    The Vävstuga band loom has now been added to this display in case you are local and curious. Becky and her husband Leni still have their joint show up at Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom in Shelburne Falls for the first 3 weeks of April. There is plenty of weaving on display, as well as seven of Leni’s amazing photographs from their adventure to the Faroe Islands two years ago. We encourage any of you who are local enough to come and check it out to certainly do so.

    For your watching pleasure

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/03/11/magazine/quilters-are-weaving-personal-histories-black-experience-were-people-with-lot-stories-tell/

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-one-physicist-unraveling-mathematics-knitting

     

    March 2021

    Hello Weaving Friends,

    Spring is just around the corner! As we watch the snow melting outside our windows we are imagining filling our studios with students once again. For now, we are looking forward to a gradual return to normalcy. As some events for 2021 continue to be cancelled, this may actually open up some weeks for us to welcome students here. We are still working on our schedule, as it needs to remain tentative, but we have a few programs to share with you here.

    3-week Mini Immersion Program

    Fingers crossed, we will hold our 3-week Mini Immersion this May 17-June 4. To enable good air flow and social distancing, the program will take place in our Barn Studio with its large barn doors open and, occasionally, in an outdoor event tent. Becky was able to offer several classes in these spaces last summer and early fall with great success.

    We have openings available in this program. Let us know if you have an interest in attending and we will keep in touch with everyone as our Governor’s travel restrictions evolve over the next few months.

     

    Väv Immersion 2021 – seeking applications

    We are eager to let you know that we will be offering an 8-week version of our Väv Immersion residential intensive weaving program from July 12-September 3 co-sponsored by Fabric of Life.

    The application is available on the Fabric of Life website. There are various scholarships available this time around, so feel free to spread the word to anyone who might be interested in this kind of program.

     

    New Warps-to-Go

    Deflected Double Weave Towels by Lisa Hill

    We are honored to collaborate with Lisa Hill to offer these stunning towels in an intriguing 8 shaft weave structure. Lisa has done American weavers a great service in popularizing and fine-tuning this lovely structure. The magic happens in the washing, when the straight lines become those beautiful curves.

     

    Coverlet Bands – more colorways

    Who says you need to design the coverlet first? Choose one of our 17 lovely band colorways, or choose your own colors based on Becky’s Stjerne coverlet band design, then plan the colors for your coverlet to go with it! Purchase the band warp all ready to beam onto your floor loom at home. Here are just a few of the colorways to tempt you:

    Curtains in Mygtjäll

    Becky first wove these Mygtjäll curtains as an extra project towards the end of her five month weaving class in Sweden in 1981. With its lacy structure and uneven denting, the pleasing look of this lightweight, somewhat transparent curtain makes it one of our most popular in the studio windows.

    With a somewhat loose warp tension, putting your foot up from the treadle as you swing the beater forward, and leaving plenty of slack thread from the shuttle, you may not need to use a temple to achieve beautiful selvedges.

     

    Salmon Falls Showroom – Nordic Journey

    Becky and her husband Leni are excited to let you know that they have a joint show entitled “Nordic Journey” at Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom in Shelburne Falls during the months of March and April. There is plenty of weaving on display, as well as seven of Leni’s amazing photographs from their adventure to the Faroe Islands two years ago. We encourage any of you who are local enough to come and check it out to certainly do so.

    Becky’s Band Weaving Ski Retreat

    Speaking of Becky and Leni, they had a wonderful break from work cross-country skiing. Becky also spent time experimenting with the Vävstuga Band Loom and found great satisfaction in weaving a band out of the Leksandsband 1 book using our recently developed pattern spreader. We expect this attachment to be available in our store by the month of April, after we finish our current production run.

    Online “Vävstuga Textiles – A Nordic Journey” March 18

    Join Becky on Thursday, March 18 from 7-8:30 pm EST as she shares her “Nordic Journey” presentation to benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England. A link to join the zoom meeting will be published on their website before her workshop.

    Becky’s expertise in the rich and varied textile traditions of Sweden and beyond is well known. The online workshop will present a multitude of these structures and provide a look inside of the Vävstuga studios. Becky is also well known as a musician in a variety of folk music traditions from Swedish to Balkan to Cape Breton and through this online workshop she hopes to support the Folk Arts Center of New England during this time of social distancing and cancelled events.

    For your watching pleasure

    Art of Serpanka weaving – A wonderful Ukrainian flax and linen weaving video

    The Ju/’hoansi San women – A tree without roots will not have life

    We FELT like sharing these lovelies with you by Ukraine-based designer Hanna Dovhan

    January/February 2021 News

    Happy New Year!

    January found us nicely settling in to our Bassett Road location. There has been a lot of cleaning and organizing and finding new homes for lots of things.

    In a blink it is suddenly February, so this will be a combined newsletter including new books, videos, and web store pages.

     

    From the spacious Barn Studio in the warmer months,

    to new classroom spaces in the Farm House,

    we are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to share this special place with students as soon as it is safe to do so.

    The store at the Farm House is also open for online orders and visits by appointment.

     

    2021 Classes

    We are very close to confirming a class schedule for 2021. Becky has been reaching out to students who had rolled their deposits forward from 2020’s cancelled classes. Once they have chosen their preferred class times, we will let you know what is available for new class enrollments. We hope to be able to do that soon.

    Book Back in Stock

    We are delighted to announce that a revised edition of Kati Reeder Meek’s book, Warp with a Trapeze & Dance With Your Loom, is now in print and available through Vävstuga.

    Kati’s in-depth presentation of the warping trapeze and its many variations will meticulously guide every loom owner to success. These techniques can be applied to any loom.

    Kati has added a new chapter to this newly released edition entitled “A Revolution in Lacing-on”.

    Vävstuga’s own Trapeze Uprights, Cross Bars, and Trapping set will provide you with the tools you need to beam on your warp with even tension all by yourself.

    Weaving Damask Book

    Anne E. Nygård‘s beautiful book, Damaskvev has been translated into English and we are pleased to have Weaving Damask on our store shelves for you now.

    This is a textbook on the setting up and weaving of damask with a drawloom, and is the first Norwegian textbook published on this topic since 1849.

    All steps in the process of set-up are explained in words and pictures: beaming, threading, sleying, tying up the pattern shafts, and how to weave. The book also shows the setting up of single unit and how it can be used in combination with the shaft draw system. This encyclopedia of inspiration includes an introduction to drawing your own patterns, plus many patterns ready to go using 10–75 shafts.

     

     

    DVDs and Live Stream Videos

    We have some very exciting news to share!

    Becky has completed the production of two live stream videos for her DVDs Dress Your Loom the Swedish Way and Dress Your Swedish Drawloom.

    The content can still be purchased in the DVD format, for those that prefer it that way.

    You may also purchase the live stream version on our web store or directly on Vimeo.

     

     

    New Web Store Page

    Our web store has a fun new page for all the Notions that we stock. Having the right quality tools for the job at hand can make all the difference. Check out our carefully chosen collection, including the favorites below, as well as flower head pins, folding magnifiers, and more.

    Plattväv Coverlet – 2 panel

    Want to weave a coverlet on a smaller loom? We now have our tantalizing Plattväv coverlet – 2 panel available as a Warp-to-Go.

    Seeking Warps-to-Go photos

    Any of you who have woven our various Warps-to-Go, and have pictures you would like to share with us, we would love to see them. Many of these projects have only been viewed in two-dimensional form on the website. Seeing three-dimensional pieces of these designs would be inspirational to us, as well as to others. You can send your photos to the office email and let us know if we can share them on FaceBook, too.

    For your Winter enjoyment

    We have a few projects still in the works right now that we hope to share with you soon. Until then, we have a larger than usual list of fun links for you to explore, including a 10-year-old YouTube video that Becky just rediscovered of a concert she was part of in southern Vermont (non-weaving related but just for fun).

    Lily Hope Tlingit weaver

    Lotus silk weaving

    Fiber Instruction in the 1930s

    Norwegian bandweaving 1939

    Becky on Santouri

     

    December News

    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

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    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.