November 2022

Happy Fall yarn sale

  • 20% off yarn orders placed online, with gratitude for your business and friendship
  • Sale begins on Monday, November 21st at 12:01am (just after midnight on Sunday) and ends on Sunday, November 27th at 11:59pm
  • (Sale includes in-stock yarns ordered online only)

A note about remaining Borgs stock:
Tonya has been eliminating colors from our web store as we sell the last skeins. She will try to keep up during the sale as well, but keep in mind that we are human, and will not be able to keep these updates up after working hours or while we are closed for Thanksgiving break. We still have quite a bit of Mattgarn and Åsborya, so this would be a good time to stock up on those yarns if you like to use them.

yarn store
Vävstuga yarn store

Holiday closures

November: We will close for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 24th at 3pm, and will remain closed on Thurs-Fri the 25th-26th.

December: We will be closed for inventory and the holidays from Wednesday, December 14th through Monday, January 2nd. Phone hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd at 9am.

Vävstuga bench basket, new version

Our well-loved Vävstuga bench basket has reinvented itself a little bit. It is just a tad smaller, and its leather handle is more supple, so it fits on the Glimåkra bench when in its highest position. This great tool holds plenty of shuttles and other tools. It is wonderful to have close at hand while you are working.

Vävstuga bench basket, new version
Vävstuga bench basket, new version

Vävstuga gift certificates

A gift certificate to Vävstuga can be used toward an inspiring class, gorgeous yarns, wonderful tools, or even a loom.
Note that we do take a holiday break in December, so order your gift certificates by Tuesday, December 13th by calling the office at (413) 625-8241.

sample gift certificate
sample gift certificate

Clarification on yarns

Borgs:
We will continue to sell the Borgs yarns we have in stock. Tonya has been eliminating colors from our web store as we sell the last skeins, so you can easily see what remains.

Here is the specific status of the following Borgs yarns:

  • Tuna – Will be replaced by Plädgarn in 150+ colors, currently on their way to us
  • Mora – Some stock remaining; will be replaced by Redgarn in 42 colors
  • Fårö – Some stock remaining; will be replaced by Upholsterygarn in 35+ colors
  • Mattgarn – Some stock remaining; will be replaced by Mattullgarn in 97 colors
  • Åsborya – We still have a lot of this in stock
  • String yarn – Some stock remaining; this will now be available to us in nearly 50 colors
  • 30/2 cotton – Will be discontinued when the remaining stock is sold, but we hope to bring this back in new colors
  • Brage – Discontinued

Bockens and Yarn-in-a-Jars:
All Bockens yarns and Yarn-in-a-Jars will remain the same and are currently in stock:

  • 8/2 cotton
  • 16/2 cotton (this jar will now include bleached and unbleached 20/2, 24/2, 30/2)
  • 22/2 cottolin
  • 16/2 linen
  • 16/1 linen
  • Möbelåtta wool
  • cotton rug warp
  • linen rug warp
  • 8 tow linen
  • 6 tow linen
  • all other linen yarns

What about Borgs Yarn-in-a-Jars?

We appreciate that many of you have invested in our Yarn-in-a-Jars. Both our customers and Vävstuga are feeling the pain of losing the use of some of these jars. These jars are expensive for us to create, as well as for you to purchase. To aid with the transition, we are formulating a plan for jar replacement, so stay tuned to our newsletters; we appreciate your patience.

Looking ahead to 2023

We know that many of you are eager to see our 2023 class schedule so that you can plan your weaving year and register for classes. Our full 2023 class schedule will be announced in our January 2023 newsletter. Please be patient. We look forward to welcoming many of you for another exciting year of weaving and camaraderie.

Recent classes

Anna Östlund’s Plentiful Rosepath Pillows class was a grand success, as were our October Basics classes and Drawloom ABC.

Veronica's rosepath
Veronica’s rosepath
Suze's rosepath
Suze’s rosepath
Sara's rosepath
Sara’s rosepath
Rosepath with Anna Östlund
Rosepath with Anna Östlund

Gyorgyi's rosepath
Gyorgyi’s rosepath
Eli's opphämta
Eli’s opphämta
Audrey's Jämtlandsdräll
Audrey’s Jämtlandsdräll

October 2022

New books

We’ve added two gems from our recent trip to Sweden. These two beautiful new books from Estonia were presented to us at the Vävmässan last month, and their authors were such delightful people! I’m sure you will enjoy their books as much as we enjoyed meeting them. We’ve also added a booklet of weaving inspirations from Bockens yarns. Click through for book-preview videos of all three titles.

Class openings

We have a few slots open for the following classes:

  • Oct 31 – Nov 4, Mönster Parti — one spot left
    Come and demystify the profile draft and profile tie-up while weaving these beautiful and diverse structures.
  • Nov 7–14 and Nov 14–18, Drawloom Treasures — several openings
    We have 4 drawlooms set up and ready to weave amazing holiday gifts for yourself or for others. (Prerequisite: Drawloom ABC or Drawloom Basics.)

Wool news: an ending and a new beginning

The rumors are true: Borgs Weaving yarns has closed after having supplied the world with beautiful Swedish wools and other yarns since the 1700s, a tragedy indeed. The good news is that we will soon be offering a new line of wools from Garnhuset, starting with a 6/2 blanket wool similar to the “Tuna” wool that we have offered in the past. The first boxes of blanket yarn are on their way; we hope to have the colors up in December, fingers crossed.

Sweden trip

Becky, Tonya, and Eva have recently returned from two amazing weeks in Sweden, successfully completing a whirlwind tour visiting many of our suppliers: the Glimåkra loom and reed factory, AK Snickeri who make our Lilla looms, Holma Helsinglands who produce our fine Bockens yarns, our new wool yarn supplier Garnhuset, and Karin Myrehed who makes our beautiful drawloom attachments.

Our first night we stayed with Gunvor Johansson, whose book Heirlooms of Skåne has enchanted many of you, and is probably yet to be discovered by many more of you. She gave us an amazing tour of her woven textiles at the Cathedral in Lund, as well as the local handcrafts store. We also met the authors of many other books we sell. The whole trip was inspiring and invigorating.

We’ve posted a photo and video album of some of our trip highlights. Here are a few teasers:

Vävstuga's booth ready for business at Vävmässan
Vävstuga’s booth ready for business
A busy day at our Vävmässan booth
A busy day at our Vävmässan booth
Karin Myrehed with an astounding damask creation
Karin Myrehed with an astounding damask creation
Margareta tells us about their production process at Holma
Margareta tells us about their production process at Holma
Tonya finds our Bockens order ready to be shipped
Tonya finds our Bockens order ready to be shipped

Just for fun

Our trip to Sweden

Becky, Tonya, and Eva have recently returned from two amazing weeks in Sweden, successfully completing a whirlwind tour visiting many of our suppliers: the Glimåkra loom and reed factory, AK Snickeri who make our Lilla looms, Holma Helsinglands who produce our fine Bockens yarns, our new wool yarn supplier Garnhuset, and Karin Myrehed who makes our beautiful drawloom attachments. We also met the authors of many other books we sell. The whole trip was inspiring and invigorating.

Gunvor's current project  in Rölakan
Gunvor's current project in Rölakan
Antique Rölakan at Skåne's Hemslöjd archive
Antique Rölakan at Skåne's Hemslöjd archive
Skåne's Hemslöjd store, Eva is checking out the merchandise
Skåne's Hemslöjd store, Eva is checking out the merchandise
Claes, our new wool supplier at his dye house
Claes, our new wool supplier at his dye house
AK:s Snickeri - where Öxabäck looms are made
AK:s Snickeri - where Öxabäck looms are made
AK:s Snickeri - warehouse
AK:s Snickeri - warehouse
Wednesday night after setting up our booth for Vävmässan, ready to open Thursday morning
Wednesday night after setting up our booth for Vävmässan, ready to open Thursday morning
Garnhuset's booth at Vävmassan
Garnhuset's booth at Vävmassan
AK:s Snickeri booth at Vävmässan with the makers of the Lilla loom, Thomas and PerOlov
AK:s Snickeri booth at Vävmässan with the makers of the Lilla loom, Thomas and PerOlov
Our new Estonian friends: a weaving teacher and the authors of our new Estonian books
Our new Estonian friends: a weaving teacher and the authors of our new Estonian books
A busy day in the booth
A busy day in the booth
Becky's Swedish "Mama," Birgitta, who first took Becky to Sätergläntan in 1980. Together they're displaying Birgitta's piece of monksbelt that inspired Becky's whole new life at the age of 21!
Becky's Swedish "Mama," Birgitta, who first took Becky to Sätergläntan in 1980. Together they're displaying Birgitta's piece of monksbelt that inspired Becky's whole new life at the age of 21!
(video) Becky's other Swedish "family" from 1980, Peter and Maud, who inspired Becky to take up the fiddle and play Swedish music at that time.
(video) Becky's other Swedish "family" from 1980, Peter and Maud, who inspired Becky to take up the fiddle and play Swedish music at that time.
Becky's whole "Swedish family" from 1980. (Eva is here too, but she took the picture)
Becky's whole "Swedish family" from 1980. (Eva is here too, but she took the picture)
Karin Myrehed in her warehouse of drawloom parts
Karin Myrehed in her warehouse of drawloom parts
Karin Myrehed showing one of her many astounding damask creations on the drawloom
Karin Myrehed showing one of her many astounding damask creations on the drawloom
Becky and Tonya approaching Sätergläntan at the top of the hill
Becky and Tonya approaching Sätergläntan at the top of the hill
Weaving room at Sätergläntan where Becky learned to weave in 1981. Then there were two identical rooms that had looms enough for all 26 students.
Weaving room at Sätergläntan where Becky learned to weave in 1981. Then there were two identical rooms that had looms enough for all 26 students.
The flax house at Sätergläntan, with this year's crop drying on a rack
The flax house at Sätergläntan, with this year's crop drying on a rack
(video) Reed maker Pablo, at the Glimåkra factory in Oxberg
(video) Reed maker Pablo, at the Glimåkra factory in Oxberg
Pablo at the Glimåkra factory taping a new reed
Pablo at the Glimåkra factory taping a new reed
Pablo at the Glimåkra factory and his new fans!
Pablo at the Glimåkra factory and his new fans!
Warping mills in progress at the Glimåkra Factory
Warping mills in progress at the Glimåkra Factory
Visit to Holma Helsinglands, makers of Bockens yarns
Visit to Holma Helsinglands, makers of Bockens yarns
Margareta tells us about their production process at Holma
Margareta tells us about their production process at Holma
Plying room at Holma, where Bockens yarns are being made
Plying room at Holma, where Bockens yarns are being made
Tonya finds our order in the hall ready to be shipped. Maybe you will purchase something from one of these boxes!
Tonya finds our order in the hall ready to be shipped. Maybe you will purchase something from one of these boxes!
(video) Tonya gets a taste of packing and shipping at Holma. Coming to our own small shelves after this will be a bit of a letdown!
(video) Tonya gets a taste of packing and shipping at Holma. Coming to our own small shelves after this will be a bit of a letdown!
Becky with Anna Thomisson, the author of _Daldräll_ which is coming soon in English
Becky with Anna Thomisson, the author of _Daldräll_ which is coming soon in English
Anna Thomisson served as a beautiful teatime "Fika" on a brand-new never used before handwoven daldräll tablecloth, which she finished weaving two years ago. We had to be careful not to spill anything!
Anna Thomisson served as a beautiful teatime "Fika" on a brand-new never used before handwoven daldräll tablecloth, which she finished weaving two years ago. We had to be careful not to spill anything!

September 2022

Upcoming store vacation

The Vävstuga webstore will be closed from September 16 until October 1. Our dedicated staff will be going to Sweden for two weeks to participate in a Weaving Fair (Vävmässan), as well as visiting our friends and vendors. We are all quite excited about this adventure and we will share some pictures when we get back.

New product: Explorer frame loom

Melvenea Hodges, who joined us for our eight-week Väv Immersion class in 2021, has developed a wonderful and affordable frame loom through collaboration with Becky and Fabric of Life. Vävstuga is now offering this loom kit for sale, along with an enticing selection of 7 additional color packs. The Explorer loom is a fantastic way to inspire new weavers of all ages.

New product: Travel bag for Vävstuga band loom

Pack up your Vävstuga band loom in this new travel bag and take it along with you on trips, to a friend’s house, or to gatherings. This turns your band loom into a compact and protected unit, complete with a little yellow zipper bag to hold all the small pieces together in one place. There is an 18-inch pocket on the outside of the bag to hold your patterns, or whatever else you want.

Our demo video of this bag in action gives you a sneak peek of our forthcoming Band Loom Video Class, slated to be published by late 2022 or early 2023. Just look at all the fun doodads that can fit in this handy travel bag!

New book (sort of): Plain Weave

We are pleased that this valuable Swedish book has recently been republished in English. In Plain Weave: 60 Patterns for Mastering the Basic Technique, Tina Ignell brings us an exhaustive and beautiful study of plain weave in seemingly endless variations requiring just 2 shafts (often threaded on 4 to give the threads more room), using a wide variety of materials and techniques.

Recent classes

Our two Rag Rugs classes with Monica Hallén were a grand success! Monica was with us from Sweden for two weeks, and her marvelous teaching delighted 12 students each week. Fabulous rag rugs have been woven. Be sure to watch our newsletters for her return in 2023.

inlay in herring salad technique
inlay in “herring salad” technique
meet and separate technique
“meet and separate” technique

rosepath and flowers
rosepath and flowers

16/2 cotton, 4 blocks on 4 shafts
16/2 cotton, 4 blocks on 4 shafts

8/2 cotton, 4 blocks on 8 shafts
8/2 cotton, 4 blocks on 8 shafts

Open Rep class
Open Rep class

meet and separate in process
“meet and separate” in process

more inlay techniques
more inlay techniques

4 examples from Rag Rug Techniques
4 examples from Rag Rug Techniques

Rag Rug Techniques class
Rag Rug Techniques class

Just for fun

  • Prehistoric nettle nextiles — Recent research demonstrates that many Neolithic and Early Bronze Age textiles used spliced, rather than spun, fibres
  • Book with functional loom — An elaborately designed book on weaving opens to reveal a fully functional loom
  • Quilled masterpiece — Six years in the making, the elaborate ‘Grand Jardin’ by Lisa Nilsson pushes the boundaries of paper

Do you have a new address?

Have you updated your email or snailmail address in the past few months? We’ve had a technical glitch and we may not be up to date. Please remind us of any new information.

July 2022

Class openings

We’ve got a very small handful of slots open for this fall:

First come, first served; contact us.

Wedding tablecloths

A family wedding at the Farmhouse and Barn provided an opportunity to use so many tablecloths. We give you a small peek here. Some of you may recognize these? Consider coming to weave a tablecloth of your own in Vävstuga Projects! In Projects sessions we offer a tempting array of plain weave tablecloths, along with an assortment of large tablecloths and fancy tablecloths for those of you who enjoy more challenge, and of course a vast range of other project offerings as well.

sample table setting for Saturday
sample table setting for Saturday
upstairs view of Friday's tablecloths
upstairs view of Friday’s tablecloths
bridal couple in decorated Barn empty of looms
bridal couple in decorated Barn empty of looms
a different scene in our backyard
a different scene in our backyard

Recent class activity

Our recent Sagas & Fluff class produced some beautiful designs.

Amy's bound rosepath
Amy’s bound rosepath
Bette's rya coverlet
Bette’s rya coverlet
Nancy's rya, flossa, and bound rosepath
Nancy’s rya, flossa, and bound rosepath
Sagas & Fluff class, June 2022
Sagas & Fluff class
Jennifer's rya and flossa
Jennifer’s rya and flossa
Toni's rya, flossa, and bound rosepath
Toni’s rya, flossa, and bound rosepath

Surprise chicks

A few short weeks ago, one of our hens appeared in the yard with four freshly hatched baby chicks! No rooster in sight, at least for a couple of months. They have been a sheer delight for all who come here.

our chicken family
our chicken family
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