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  • 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

    June 2022

    Barnfest bargain boutique

    Special sale at our Barnfest this Saturday, June 11, from 12:30-4:00. Goodies for weavers include 2.5 meter warping mills, Glimåkra band looms, and books galore — see the flyer for more info.

    Barnfest boutique

    Barnfest boutique flyer

    New class sessions

    We’ve added two class sessions to our schedule:

    First come, first served; contact us. Note that in Swedish Classics we now offer an introduction to the drawloom, offering the same warp that Tonya wove her infamous alphabet on.

    Tonya's drawloom alphabet

    Tonya’s infamous drawloom alphabet

    Barnfest

    Join us this Saturday, June 11, from 1pm until the wee hours.

    After two years of cancellation, we are once again inviting folks to our beautiful Farmhouse property for this festival, which is meant to be our annual fundraising event for our sister nonprofit Fabric of Life. In addition to our Bargain Boutique mentioned above, there will be a welcoming Spinning Circle Extravaganza, so bring your wheel! Among other offerings, there will be an opportunity for folks to weave on floor looms, pet baby ducklings, watch glassblowing, and engage in a variety of enticing mini workshops.

    See Fabric of Life’s Barnfest page to learn more, and to sign up for mini workshops.

    Barnfest

    Barnfest flyer

    Barnfest spinning circle

    Spinning Circle flyer

    Väv Immersion celebration

    We are so proud that our fifth cohort has just finished this year’s 8-week immersive residential weaving class. Our fabulous and diverse group of four students worked incredibly hard and learned a tremendous amount. Last week we hosted a Grand Exhibition for the public to meet our students, celebrate their accomplishments, and share yummy snacks.

    Väv Immersion: proud 2022 cohort

    Väv Immersion: proud 2022 cohort

    Väv Immersion: Angela's weavings

    Väv Immersion: Angela’s weavings

    Recent classes

    We also had two Vävstuga Basics classes in May. Check out their beautiful color combos.

    Basics group, May 2022

    celebratory Basics group, May 2022

    Basics pink gradient warp

    Basics, pink gradient warp

    Basics, greens and blues

    Basics, greens and blues

    Basics, red to green

    Basics, red to green

    May 2022

    Spring yarn sale online, June 6–12

    It’s time to plan your summer weaving! Our annual spring sale offers 20% off in-stock yarn orders placed in our online store, with gratitude for your business and friendship. The sale begins on Monday, June 6th at 12:01am and ends on Sunday, June 12th at 11:59pm. In-stock yarns only. Orders will be processed beginning on Tuesday, June 7th in the order in which they were received.

    spring yarn sale online, June 6–12

    spring yarn sale online, June 6–12

    VÄV Magasinet back issues

    We’ve obtained a limited supply of back issues for this timeless magazine, and we’re selling them in sets by year from 1982–2003, as long as they last. If you have been searching for these, or are ready for some new inspiration, now is the time to purchase. $39 for a set of four, or $32 for a set of three. In Swedish.

    Lillemor Johansson, the creator and editor of Väv Magasinet for 20 years starting in 1982, is well known in Sweden and beyond for her enormous contribution to Scandinavian weaving. She has also published several outstanding weaving books of many coveted weaving books, two of which can be found in our store.

    Vävstuga Video Basics support: yarn kits, supply list, Forums

    Now available: materials in our store to make it easier for you to jump right in. Each contains all the yarns you’ll need for one project. Becky has designed some starter colorways to whet your appetite (the blankets are particularly luscious), or you can use our nifty Väv Design tool to invent your own new color combinations.

    We’ve also posted a supply list, a handy table showing what tools and yarns you’ll need for each project in Vävstuga Video Basics.

    The Forums on Vimeo are the place to post your questions about Vävstuga Video Basics as you proceed. Apologies to anyone whose question went unanswered for a while: we have only just discovered that Becky was not getting notified properly of all new posts, and we think that is now resolved.

    Take a look at our inspiring colorway suggestions for each project.

    Snips and measuring ribbon

    These two favorite tools are finally up on our notions page. Maybe there are some other goodies here that you are in need of as well?

    Class openings

    We have a few slots open for the following classes:

    Maker’s Menagerie

    Our sister organization, Fabric of Life, is partnering with Build Repair Grow to offer a magical new program this summer. Maker’s Menagerie is designed for young people and their young-at-heart grown-ups to explore a variety of skills and crafts, including fiber skills, while building a strong and vibrant community. June 20–24. Come for 1 day, 3 days, or all 5 days.

    Barnfest 2022

    Join us for this year’s Barnfest on June 11. Our biggest fundraising and community event of the year, Barnfest is a full day event that includes local crafters and artisans, kids’ activities, music, dancing, food, and the weaving together of an amazingly vibrant community. We welcome all to join us beginning at 1pm for a variety of mini-workshops, raffles, a buffet dinner, and after-dinner musical entertainment into the wee hours of the morning. Pre-registration for mini-workshops will open soon.

    Special this year: up for silent auction will be an Ulla Cyrus Öxabäck Loom — 150cm, 10 shafts and 10 treadles.

    More details on the Barnfest page.

    If you are available before, during, or after Barnfest, we would be ever so grateful for your willingness to volunteer a bit of time to make this event run smoothly.

    Recent class activity

    Some inspiring postcards from our April classes, Väv Immersion and Drawloom ABC.

    Angelica pondering Smålandsväv

    Angelica pondering Smålandsväv

    Becky's Opphämta

    Becky’s Opphämta

    Ann weaving yardage

    Ann weaving yardage

    Eli tying up his blanket treadles

    Eli tying up his blanket treadles

    Angelica's yardage

    Angelica’s yardage

    backyard daffodils

    backyard daffodils

    Virginia's shaft draw

    Virginia’s shaft draw

    Pat's single unit

    Pat’s single unit

    For your watching pleasure

    April 2022

    New Basics class in May – 2 slots open

    We have recently added a new Vävstuga Basics class to the schedule for May 23–27, and have two slots left. Contact us right away if you want to jump in.

    New in our store: 2 books, 2 Vävstuga-designed tools

    Moekad Muhu Siilikud (Fashionable Muhu Skirts)

    This luscious book in full-color (and fully in the Estonian language) is truly candy for the eyes. There are several detailed patterns and photographed close-ups of beautiful wool skirts made in the folk tradition. Muhu is an island off the west coast of Estonia, and has extremely distinctive folk costumes, arguably some of the very most beautiful in the country.

    In our store: Moekad Muhu Siilikud (Fashionable Muhu Skirts), by Veinika Västrik and Margot Marks »

    Estonian Knitting: Traditions and Techniques

    This is an incredibly large and thorough collection of traditional knitting techniques from Estonia, and it’s in the English language.

    In our store: Estonian Knitting: Traditions and Techniques, by Anu Pink, Siiri Reimann, and Kristi Jõeste »

    Vävstuga treadle lock

    This is a very important tool for anyone who needs to hold a plain weave shed open for a long time to do various pick-up techniques, such as described in detail in Heirlooms of Skåne: Weaving Techniques, or in the rag rugs pictured here. We offer Rag rug Warps to Go for your convenience and savings: you get 3 colors in a rug warp without buying all 3 tubes of yarn.

    In our store: Vävstuga treadle lock »

    Vävstuga treadle lock, in our store

    Rag rug Warps to Go

    Rag rug Warps to Go, in our store

    Vävstuga magic mill cutter

    This is a real time-saver! Many of you who are taking Becky’s Vävstuga Basics Video Class have asked about this tool, which Becky uses while winding a warp on the Vävstuga warping mill to cut the threads at a color change.

    In our store: Vävstuga magic mill cutter »

    Weavers’ fellowship and skill-share

    Through the support of Fabric of Life, we were able to bring four weavers together for a weekend of camaraderie, classroom activities, and weaving experience. This was followed by a skill-share week, which welcomed Melvenea Hodges, from last year’s Väv Immersion class, to work with Becky’s mentorship on a project inspired to encourage new weavers of any age, geared especially towards teens. In that one week, participants designed a loom and made instructional video footage. Stay tuned to learn more about this wonderfully simple and affordable loom that will take you through many weaving traditions around the world.

    weavers' fellowship weekend

    weavers’ fellowship weekend

    skill-share week with Melvenea

    skill-share week with Melvenea

    The wonderful story of Becky’s fly shuttle loom

    Watch Becky weaving on her 220 cm fly shuttle loom for 4 minutes.

    Becky says: This loom was originally owned by Swedish Countess Ebba Von Eckermann, prominent fashion designer and handweaver of the mid-1900s. I am fortunate to have acquired this loom through a friend, Kin Cullen. Kin and her daughter Louise knew Ebba in the 1980s, and stored this loom in their barn nearby in case Ebba needed a loom here in the US. Kin and Louise went to the same weaving school in Sweden that I went to, and in fact Kin encouraged me to go there, and we all owe her a lot of gratitude for the existence of Vävstuga. I am hopeful to reconnect with Ebba and her grandson to show her this video.

    Links for fun

    March 2022

    Video exhibit – Becky’s recent weavings

    I am about 9 months behind on presenting my “annual” video exhibit of weavings done within the last year. This means it’s closer to 18 months or more of my weaving that I have managed to squeeze into corners of time here and there while keeping everything else going. There are some fun things in this go-around, so I hope you enjoy the show.

    Rag rug Warps-to-Go

    Would you like the convenience of purchasing a warp for rag rugs made from our stellar quality 12/6 Swedish cotton rug warp? When woven under tight tension and with a hard beat, your rug will not buckle or ripple, but always lie flat and firm on the floor. Go for a simple natural warp, choose from our equestrian line (these samples and more), or invent your own colorway. So much opportunity for design, and making good use of cast-off clothing and other textile goods.

    Väv Immersion final application deadline

    Final applications for our 8-week intensive Väv Immersion 2022 are due March 14. This in-depth program reinforces the historic lineage of Scandinavian hand weaving through a range of educational opportunities including: personalized instruction with master weavers, hands-on production of numerous textile projects, attendance at intimately-sized classes that focus on an extensive array of skills, and connection to Immersion alumni from past years to build out your network and for learning how to move into this field as a professional.

    Melvenea in Väv Immersion 2021

    Melvenea in Väv Immersion 2021

    Väv Immersion 2022 - details and application

    Väv Immersion 2022 – details and application

    Cute new cabin

    We are eager to share with you photos of our newest member of our village, “The Bear Den,” which has just arrived recently. The delivery guy was pleased to be rewarded with cookies after his adventure on the roof to install the cupola.

    If any of you still need to figure out lodging (or want to switch) and think this adorable little abode looks appealing, please contact us to reserve your space. (It’s still so new that it’s not listed in our lodging options document yet — it will be getting a new floor next week!) It will be double-occupancy.

    cabin unloading

    the new cabin arrives

    installing the weathervane

    installing the weathervane

    sunny location

    sunny location


    friendly neighborhood

    friendly neighborhood

    In the mood to travel?

    A relative of ours highly recommends this Oaxaca Textile Adventure Tour.

    February 2022

    It has been a busy month of emptying looms from the 2021 season, as well as working on a book translation. We’re also polishing up our next video class, Vävstuga Bandloom, to be published this spring.

    Lithuanian linen book is back

    We’re pleased to have the popular book A Flaxen Past back in stock. This beautiful book covers an unusually broad scope of topics relative to the intensely rich heritage of Lithuanian weaving. Meet numerous Lithuanian individuals who have carried on the weaving tradition from centuries past, and examine extensive details of the textiles they create for their pattern-rich national costumes. Delve into a treasure trove of rescued old photographs from the early 1900s showing all processes of turning flax into fabric. The back section of the book includes charted weaving designs, as well as detailed instructions for growing, processing, and weaving with your own flax.

    Reflections from a Flaxen Past

    Reflections from a Flaxen Past

    A few of the beautiful opphämta patterns in this book

    A few of the beautiful opphämta patterns in this book

    February book sale, 20% off Vävstuga Press titles

    For the remainder of the month of February (from Feb 4–28), all our Vävstuga Press books are 20% off. Becky founded the Vävstuga Press as a way to provide access to rare and out-of-print Swedish weaving books, and to create English translations of books currently only available in Swedish.

    Vävstuga Press titles

    Vävstuga Press titles

    Väv Immersion early-application deadline

    Early applications for our 8-week intensive Väv Immersion 2022 are due February 14. This in-depth program reinforces the historic lineage of Scandinavian hand weaving through a range of educational opportunities including: personalized instruction with master weavers, hands-on production of numerous textile projects, attendance at intimately-sized classes that focus on an extensive array of skills, and connection to Immersion alumni from past years to build out your network and for learning how to move into this field as a professional.

    blog about Väv Immersion 2021 (pic by Melvenea Hodges)

    Melvenea’s blog about Väv Immersion 2021

    Väv Immersion 2022 - details and application

    Väv Immersion 2022 – details and application

    Basics Video Class glowing reviews

    We’ve received some heartwarming testimonials about our new Vävstuga Basics class video series. Here are a few tiny snippets:

    • “When I left your in-person class earlier this fall, I told you that there was no way the video could be as good as an in-person class. Well, I was wrong! …”
    • “…Even though I was trained on jack looms, and continue to work on them, learning from Becky exponentially deepened my understanding of all weaving …”
    • “…As a real beginner, I’ve found the additional reinforcement crucial to keeping me weaving when I’m not sure what to do. Becky is an amazing teacher, and her language and style are consistent between in-person and virtual classrooms, which I find incredibly helpful. …”
    • Read more testimonials »

    We appreciate your business

    As we are still a little short-staffed and our supply chain affected due to Covid-19, it may take a bit longer than our promised 2–3 days to get your orders out. We ask for your patience and are grateful for your loyalty. Thank you all!

    Postcards

    We’ve been enjoying some lovely winter weather around the Farmhouse.

    January 2022

    Despite the challenges in the world right now, we feel optimistic about gathering people together again this summer for classes in the Farmhouse & Barn studios.

    remember gathering? and summer?

    remember gathering? and summer?

    It is with this optimism that we offer you our 2022 class schedule.

    Class schedule for 2022

    Since we still continue to fill many slots with students who have been waiting one or two years, our openings are little bit limited. We encourage you to contact us right away if you want to secure a spot at our weaving oasis this year. Check out our 2022 class lineup!


    Yes, Video Basics counts

    You can satisfy the Basics prerequisite, for any of our classes that require it, by completing Basics in our Vävstuga Video Classes.

    Vävstuga Vävsters

    We’re excited to announce this new program for our dedicated alumni in 2022.

    Have you been to Vävstuga many times and are wondering “What’s next for me?” During the last several years Becky has been developing the Vävstuga Vävsters program to encourage and challenge talented and motivated Vävstuga weavers to strive for the Vävster Award. The program advocates experiencing a broad range of materials and techniques.

    We invite all eligible Vävsters to apply for our inaugural event, a Winter Retreat in Feb–Mar 2022. Come enjoy the camaraderie of weaving together with fellow Vävstuga alumni, gearing your projects during your 1–3 weeks to work toward your Vävster Award. As a Vävstuga Vävster you will troubleshoot together with your colleagues, inspiring each other to new weaving heights and ambitions.

    Väv Immersion 2022

    Our sister organization Fabric of Life 501(c)(3) is honored yet one more time to hold their 8-week residential weaving intensive, Väv Immersion 2022, from April 12 to June 4. There will be a variety of scholarships available again this year. We know that April is right around the corner, and details will be up shortly. If you are interested, or know someone who is, please contact office@fabric-of-life.org.

    Extra Entertainment

    Postcards

    Winter greetings from Shelburne, Massachusetts.

    December 2021

    Holiday shopping hours

    Our store will be open through December 14, so don’t procrastinate! We’ll close for the holidays on December 15th. We will be opening up again on Tuesday, January 4, 9:00–3:00 ET.

    Loom Bumpers

    Our Loom Bumpers are now available in 2 lengths. Try them to keep your loom from gliding across the room as you weave. A bit of foam padding at the end not only protects your wall but also acts as a shock absorber as you beat. The notched end fits snugly around the foot of your loom to hold the bumper in place.

    Vävstuga Loom Bumpers

    Vävstuga Loom Bumpers

    Class schedule 2022

    We have been working hard on our 2022 class schedule, which we will plan to advertise with our January newsletter. If you are still rolling over a deposit from a 2021 class, we will contact you before the end of the year to make sure you get first dibs (unless you contact us first). This means that it is important that any one else wanting to take a class in 2022 contact us as soon as possible after our January newsletter comes out, as spaces will be limited. We are very much looking forward to a safe, peaceful, and rewarding 2022 class season.

    New class format

    Running 2 classes simultaneously with only 4 students each has been met with such enthusiasm from our students this year, that we are making it a permanent change in our programming format. Not only can you be in a smaller, more intimate group, but you can also vicariously experience what another class group is up to, making your time here all the more enriching. In most cases each student will have a dedicated loom for their own use, in addition to projects already set up on other looms. This eliminates the stress of moving from one loom to the next in a specified timeframe, as each student can use their personal loom at their own pace.

    Vävstuga Vävsters

    A forthcoming new program for our dedicated alumni! We will be launching the Vävstuga Vävsters in 2022, for those of you who have been to Vävstuga many times and are wondering, “What’s next for me?” During the last 3–4 years Becky has been developing this program that will encourage and challenge talented and motivated Vävstuga weavers to strive for the Vävstuga Vävster Achievement Award. We are dedicating some weeks in February and March to the launching of this program, which advocates experiencing a broad range of materials and techniques. Look for more details in our January newsletter.

    Väv Immersion 2022

    Our sister organization and 501(c)(3) Fabric of Life is honored to hold their 8-week residential weaving intensive again in 2022, from April 12 to June 4. As before, there will be a variety of scholarships available. We know that date is right around the corner, and details will be up shortly on the Fabric of Life website. If you are interested, or know someone who is, reply to: office@fabric-of-life.org.

    Recent class activity

    November 2021

    Happy Fall yarn sale

    • 20% off yarn orders placed online, with gratitude for your business and friendship
    • Sale begins on Monday, November 22th at 12:01am (just after midnight on Sunday) and ends on Sunday, November 28th at 11:59pm
    • (Sale includes in-stock yarns ordered online only)

    Vävstuga yarn store

    Thanksgiving closure

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

    Vävstuga Basics Kit

    The Basics Kit is a new resource for our Vävstuga Basics Video Class. Peek inside this wonderful binder (it could be yours!). Find it in our Store.

    Last opportunity to join us in 2021

    We have 1 spot available in Mönster Parti, Nov 15-19.

    Mönster Parti (not like this)

    Welcome Barbara

    We are delighted to introduce Barbara Blumenthal, who has joined us in the office once a week to help keep everything running smoothly. Thank you, Barbara!

    Barbara Blumenthal

    Recent class activity

    October 2021

    We have had a very busy September holding classes in our open Barn and eating meals on our open screen porch. The change of the season brings brilliant colors to New England, but will also mean many of us will be spending more time inside. This means it will be a wonderful time to hunker down at your looms with some exciting new projects.

    Class availability

    Weave with us in 2021! Just a few openings left.

    • Projects – October 25-29
      Come join us for a Vävstuga Favorites or Farmhouse Projects week. Here’s an opportunity to whip up some wonderful Christmas presents, alongside the camaraderie of our upcoming Basics class.
    • Designing Awesome Warps – November 8-12
      Give yourself the gift of time it takes to sit down and create weaving designs under Becky and Eva’s tutelage in our Designing Awesome Warps class, using all sorts of fun tools and materials. Becky’s multitudinous samples and tips and tricks developed over many years will help you find your own designing methods and style.
    • Mönster Parti – November 15-19
      Mönster Parti is the is most advanced weaving class Becky offers, focusing on block weaves and their profile tie-ups. How many weave structures can be woven using the same profile draft, and how does changing the profile tie-up change the entire pattern? Come and join us to find out.


    Bring Becky to your studio

    In case you were not able to join us in person this summer, or miss coming to Vävstuga, or have always wanted to come here and can’t make it happen right now, a subscription to Becky’s Vävstuga Basics Class on video might be just what you need for this upcoming weaving season.

    Curious about our new Vävstuga Video Classes?

    Some fall weaving suggestions

    Wool shawl in our Mora yarn

    This twill pattern appears with many others in our Praktiskt Vävbok, a reprint from a lovely vintage weaving book from 1899. If you would like a Warp-to-Go for this beautiful 8 shaft shawl, we have some color selections for you to choose from, or you could make your own colorway with our Yarn-in-a-Jar designing tool. Here are a few of the 15 Mora shawl colorways that you will find among our ever-growing Warps to Go options.


    How about a gorgeous Thanksgiving tablecloth?

    This tablecloth is featured in this book of distinctive quilted coverlets from Östergötland in Sweden. You could weave it as a coverlet, or turn it into a tablecloth! There are many beautiful Block damask drafts presented here that you can weave on 8 shafts in two blocks of broken twill or straight twill, or you could weave these in a 10 shaft satin.


    Plaid fabric yardage

    Weave some beautiful cottolin yardage for fall and winter clothing. We have our first in a series of fabrics to offer you in a range of widths. You can select a warp with 4, 5, or 6 repeats of the plaid across the warp width. Here are a few of our 16 plaid fabric colorways.


    Recent class activity