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  • 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

    Message from Vävstuga re: Covid-19

    Hello to our Vävstuga weaving family,

    As Vävstuga faces these challenging weeks along with the rest of the world we hope you are all well and safe.

    It is a time to settle in at home with family and we hope you will enjoy more time for your creative pursuits.

    If you choose to sit at your loom to help these uncertain weeks pass, our web store and phone lines will remain open to serve our customers.

    We have been in touch with those of you in our canceled classes, between now and April 10th, and we are making every effort to reschedule your valued time with us.

    We will also continue to monitor the situation and to be in touch with those of you in later classes, if necessary, as things evolve. 

    We very much look forward to seeing you and we send our best wishes to all of you in the days ahead.

    Best wishes, Becky and the Vävstuga staff

    p.s. – In hopes of adding a bit of cheer, please enjoy this youtube video. Finding peace and happiness in nature is always recommended.

    March 2020

    Fun February Classes

    Mönster Parti We introduced this new class in February and what an interesting and challenging course it was. Daily theory lessons focused on analyzing profile drafts and profile tie-ups and how changing the profile tie-up can produce endless design variations. These lessons were then applied at the looms on a variety of woven structures.

    Vävstuga Basics We ended the month with another wonderful Basics class with its usual camaraderie, in-depth learning, and lots of weaving. Projects include cottolin and tow linen towels, cotton and cottolin table squares, line linen 8-shaft damask, and yummy Tuna wool blankets.

    Feeling spontaneous? We have one spot in Basics next week, March 9-13!

    We also have two spots open in our April 20-24 class and room in our July 13-17 and August 10-14 class weeks.

    The Vävstuga Band Loom is ready!

    The Vävstuga band loom fills a niche for those who want to weave plain bands and pick-up bands efficiently and comfortably on a little floor loom. The inkle shedding system spreads out the warp threads to facilitate weaving ornate pick-up patterns.

    Vävstuga Band Loom Class August 3-7

    To experience all the variety of things you can weave on the Vävstuga band loom you should come to this class! From plain weave bands to Mora style bands, to fancy pick-up patterns, this little loom can do it all.

    More Weaving Opportunities

    Drawloom ABC March 31-April 3

    Are you interested in trying your hand at Drawloom weaving? Come weave the gorgeous Opphämta structure in the Drawloom ABC class, March 31-April 3 or October 27-30. You can also choose to weave one of the Farmhouse Projects or Favorites Projects during these class weeks!

    Sagas & Fluff June 22-26

    Perhaps you would like to explore uncommon weft-faced structures. Join us for Sagas & Fluff, June 22-26.

    Basket Weaving Saturday, June 13th

    There are also a few spaces left in the June 13th Basket Weaving class with the delightful and award winning basket maker Wendy Jensen.

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    February 2020

    Designing Awesome Warps

    What a wonderful time we all had with the first Designing Awesome Warps class! Join us November 9-13 for the next one!

    We pushed the looms aside to make room for our work tables. Each student had their own tool box filled with everything needed for the many tools introduced. Lots of laughter and camaraderie were shared while we wrapped and cut and pasted and painted. Serious study of stripes, profile blocks, proportion, structure, and drafting was offered each day with woven examples to inspire us. An abundance of beautiful warp designs were created and some took to the mills at the end of the week to bring their designs home to weave. We are so looking forward to seeing the pictures!

    March/April Classes

    Vävstuga Basics only 1 or 2 spaces available: March 9-13, March 23-27, April 6-10 and April 20-24

    Call or email the office to register. If these dates don’t work for your schedule, there is still plenty of room in our July 13-17 and August 10-14 Basics class weeks. Enjoy Spring or Summer at Vävstuga with the Bridge of Flowers in full bloom.

    Farmhouse Projects/Vävstuga Favorites A few spaces available: March 3-6 and March 31-April 3

    The Farmhouse Projects class allows our Basics Alumni to take on projects that might be slightly larger or more complex than your own loom allows. It also provides time to stay into the weekend or even the following week to tackle longer warps such as curtains, tablecloths, rugs and more.

    You can also choose to weave any of our Vävstuga Favorites projects during these weeks. Many of the Favorites projects are available to those who have not yet taken the Vävstuga Basics class.

    All of the project warps can be wound for you in your choice of colors and loom set-up can be done in advance for you to whatever degree you desire.

    See our Farm House Projects and Vävstuga Favorites class pages for all the beautiful possibilities. Future weeks for these classes include June 8-12, June 16-19, and October 27-30.

    Coming soon – Handwoven Wool Blankets

    Eva and Meghan, two of our Väv Immersion students, have returned to Shelburne Falls and are weaving stunning wool blankets that will soon be available for purchase. They will be posting them on an Etsy website for your viewing pleasure within the next few weeks.  Keep your eyes open for these unique blankets.

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    January 2020

    Happy New Year!

    A New Class for new students and alum

    Blanket in a Week – January 20-24

    No need to plan anything ahead for this project. Choose your colors here and design as you wind the blanket on the mill. This process frees you up to use lots of colors of our beautiful Tuna wool and to make stripes with no need for math! The basket weave structure keeps your time for threading and weaving to a minimum and produces a thick and luxurious blanket everyone will want to wrap themselves up in. 120cm loom width still available for this week.

    2 NEW Classes for our Basics Alum in January & February

    Designing Awesome Warps – January 27 – 31

    We are so excited about this unprecedented class. Whether you love to design or are afraid of it, Becky has prepared an in depth program using accessible ways to trigger the imagination with a whole variety of fun tools, including scissors, tape, colored paper, magnets, glue, paint, colored pencils and more. The opportunity to expand your hat full of tricks at the warping mill will be eye-opening! Students can expect to complete 2 project sheets each day including towels, tablecloth, blanket, yardage, monksbelt, plattväv, rep placemats, dubbelbindning rugs, smålandsväv, rosepath and block weaves, all designed by you complete with any assistance required doing the math for each one. A special session sharing tips on calculating pre-sleying will top off the theoretical portion. Students will be offered the opportunity to wind as many warps as desired to take home,  giving lots of practice taking advantage of our beautiful colors of cotton, wool, and linen.Spend a week dedicated to exploring patterns, colors, and textures, learning specific design techniques, and winding warps on our mills to take home ready to hit the loom.

    Mönster Parti – February 3-7

    In Swedish, a mönster is a pattern, and a parti is a block. Come and learn to use a single profile draft for many different weave structures. Our woven projects and daily theory lessons will expose you to the endless variations that are possible.  This class delves into the inner workings of a profile draft, and is the most technical weaving class Vävstuga has offered up to this point. One profile can be used for many different structures. Explorations for this week include Damask, Rep, Lace, Double weave, Pseudo-damask, Shadow weave and Taqueté (dubbelbindning in multiple blocks). Students will practice taking a profile draft to make detailed threadings, treadlings and tie-ups for each of these weave structures. We will also see how changing the profile tie-up changes the patterns dramatically.

    2020 Vävstuga Basics

    We have added several spaces to our Vävstuga Basics class to try to reduce our usual waiting lists and welcome more students into the Vävstuga community.If you, or someone you know, have tried to enroll in Basics in the past, but our classes were full, we hope you’ll try again in 2020.

    Basics classes with a few spaces left include February 24-28, March 9-13 and March 23-27. Basics classes with plenty of space include April 6-10, July 13-17, and August 10-14.

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    December 2019

    Happy Thanksgiving

    We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday with family and friends!

    Annual Thanksgiving Online Yarn Sale

    Thank you to everyone who shopped during our online yarn sale! The sale ends tomorrow, Wednesday December 4th, at midnight.

    2019 Vävstuga Basics – December 9-13

    We have two spaces available in our final Vävstuga Basics class of 2019.

    Feeling spontaneous?  Join us next week!

    Don’t worry about the snow. Vävstuga is beautiful at all times of year, as is the village of Shelburne Falls. The roads are clear and it’s particularly cozy inside the studio now.

    Vävstuga Gift Ideas

    Gift Certificates

    A gift certificate to Vävstuga can be used towards an inspiring class, gorgeous yarns, wonderful tools, or even a loom. Please order by December 13th by calling the office at (413) 625-8241.

    Gift Baskets

    A useful and beautiful addition to a studio, our Vävstuga Bench Basket makes a wonderful gift that can be filled with an assortment of useful tools, gorgeous yarns, or books of your choice.

    Made for us in Peterborough, NH at a basket company that dates back to 1841.

    Sock Kit for Knitters


    Beth Brown-Reinsel, who just taught a wonderful knitting class here in November, designed this knitted Sock Kit using our Tuna wool yarn.

    Holiday Hours

    We will be closed for inventory and the holidays from Monday, December 16th through Wednesday, January 1st.

    2019 Väv Immersion

    We are sad to see the end of this year’s Väv Immersion program because it means we have to say goodbye to the wonderful participants. Last Friday we marked their journey with a celebration and display of all of their weaving accomplishments over the last 15 weeks.

    2020 Classes

    2020 Vävstuga Basics

    We have added several spaces to our Vävstuga Basics class to try to reduce our usual waiting lists and welcome more students into the Vävstuga community.If you, or someone you know, have tried to enroll in Basics in the past, but our classes were full, we hope you’ll try again in 2020.Basics classes are available in February, March, April, July and August in 2020. Thanks for spreading the word!

    2 NEW Classes for our Basics Alum in January & February

    We hope you will join us for two new classes Becky has developed for 2020 that will take your designing and weaving exploration to a new level.

    Designing Awesome Warps – January 27 – 31

    Spend a week dedicated to exploring patterns, colors, and textures, learning specific design techniques, and winding warps on our mills to take home ready to hit the loom.

    Mönster Parti – February 3-7

    In Swedish, a mönster is a pattern, and a parti is a block. Come and learn to use a single profile draft for many different weave structures. Our woven projects and daily theory lessons will expose you to the endless variations that are possible. We’ll explore myggtjäll, half satin, sword damask, taqueté, rep, shadow weave and double weave.

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    November 2019

    As we head towards the end of the year it’s time to think about upcoming winter classes, holiday gifts, and our annual Thanksgiving online yarn sale.

    Scandinavian Knitting November 13-15, 2019

    A cozy class for a chilly time of year!  We are looking forward to welcoming Beth Brown-Reinsel back to Vävstuga!

    Beth is a warm, clear, and talented teacher and she will cover a wealth of information in this 3-day class that can be applied to many different knitting projects.

    There is still time to sign up to join us at the end of next week, November 13-15th!

    2019 15-week Väv Immersion Celebration

    We have so enjoyed getting to know Kiri, Hanna, Meghan, Aaron and Eva, the 5 participants in this year’s Väv Immersion program!

    We hope you will be able to join us at the celebration of their work on Friday, November 22, from 3-5pm at the Farm House studio.

    Contact us for directions and to let us know if you’ll be joining us.

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    Annual Thanksgiving Yarn Sale!
    20% off yarn orders placed online with gratitude for your business and friendship!

    Sale begins at midnight (11:59pm) on Wednesday, November 27th

    and ends at midnight (11:59pm) on Wednesday, December 4th

    (in-stock yarns ordered online only)

    Place your orders at store.vavstuga.com

    Please note – We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday, November 27th – Sunday, December 1st.

    Order processing will begin on Monday, December 2nd and sales will be processed in the order in which they were received.

    Regular phone hours, Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm, will resume Tuesday, December 3rd.

    Thank you for your patience as we enjoy the holiday with our families!

    Vävstuga Gift Certificates

    A gift certificate to Vävstuga can be used towards an inspiring class, gorgeous yarns, wonderful tools, or even a loom.

    Please take note of our holiday break coming up in December and order your gift certificates by December 13th by calling the office at (413) 625-8241. We will be closed for inventory and the holidays from Monday, December 16th through Wednesday, January 1st.

    Vävstuga Tools for Design and Efficiency

    You may already know about our Yarn-in-a-Jar design tool which gives you the opportunity to arrange the colors of our yarns in endless combinations by simply dumping the mouth-watering contents into a basket or onto a table to mix and match at your leisure.

    Each Yarn-in-a-Jar holds the complete color pallet for that type of yarn. It shows you accurate color and texture, with enough quantity of yarn for basic designing, and it’s beautiful to see on your shelf as a constant temptation to encourage color playtime.

    Becky has now developed a new tool that will save you both time and money – the Vävstuga Tube Winding Adapter.

    Winding warps with multiple ends in your hands, as we do in our studio, has many advantages. This adapter allows you to create as many ends as you need of each color without buying extra tubes of yarn. Use it to wind wool from a swift, or simply wind off of tubes or cones from the floor to make multiple ends.

    Custom made by Vävstuga to fit onto our thin shaft bobbin winder and our yarn tubes. The Vävstuga Tube Winding Adapter includes four tubes to get you started. You may also order a set of 10 Extra tubes or make use of your Vävstuga yarn tubes as you empty them.

     2020 Vävstuga Basics

    We have added several spaces to our Vävstuga Basics class to try to reduce our usual waiting lists and welcome more students into the Vävstuga community.

    If you, or someone you know, have tried to enroll in Basics in the past, but our classes were full, we hope you’ll try again in 2020.

    Basics classes are available in February, March, April, July and August in 2020. Thanks for spreading the word!

    2020 Vävstuga Favorites

    We only have room in our 2020 class schedule for two weeks of Vävstuga Favorites January 20-24 and June 8-12. A great way to start your year off, join us in January and choose one the beautiful projects shown on the class webpage.

    This fall we have enjoyed and been inspired by the creative work of many Favorites students as they wove projects such as these:

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

    October 2019

    But first!

    While we’re excited about 2020, 2019 is still with us so, before looking ahead, you should consider the following classes.

    Vävstuga Favorites

    We have a few spots open in our October 21-25 and our November 4-8 Vävstuga Favorites classes.  In 2020 we are only squeezing in two Favorites weeks, so if you have your eye on one of the dozens of gorgeous projects available, you should consider coming to weave one this fall!

    Scandinavian Knitting

    A cozy class for a cozy time of year!  We need just a few more students to make this class run and we are so looking forward to welcoming Beth Brown-Reinsel back to Vävstuga!

    Beth is a warm, clear, and talented teacher and she will cover a wealth of information in this 3-day class.

    We also won’t be able to welcome Beth in 2020 due to our busy class schedules, so we hope you will join us next month on November 13-15.

    Vävstuga Treasures

    We have just one Treasures project remaining in 2019 and we will not be offering this session in 2020.

    Perhaps one of you Basics alums will be able to join us on December 4-6 to weave a gorgeous Jämtlandsdräll table square.

    This has always been a favorite structure among our students. We have scoured one of our antique Swedish weaving books to find this unique design. We have it set up for you to weave with a 16/2 cotton warp and tabby weft and a 22/2 cottolin pattern weft.

     

    Registering for 2020 Classes


    Please look over these directions to help us make registration go smoothly. We appreciate your patience!

    • Download and save our 2020 Registration Form to your computer before filling it out
      • otherwise, depending on your browser, we might receive a blank form
        • we won’t have time to contact you until after the registration rush, so if you send a blank form,  you might miss out on a spot in a class
    • Complete all the requested information, including any dietary needs/allergies and Room & Board requests
    • Choose your class(es) by filling in the box next to the date(s)
    • Send the form as an attachment to office@vavstuga.com and let us know in your email if you will be sending a check or calling us with a credit card for the deposit
    • Call us with your credit card, and try again if the phone is busy – this is where your patience comes in 🙂
    • Classes are reserved in the order in which registration forms and payments are received
      • we consider your email letting us know that you are sending a check a confirmation if that is your preferred method of payment, but please send it right away – thanks!

    We sincerely appreciate your following the above directions!


    2020 Classes

    We are very excited by our schedule of both new and returning classes!

    Classes returning in 2020 include:

    For all weavers:

    Returning for our Vävstuga Basics alumni:

    NEW classes for 2020:

    For all weavers:

    New for our Vävstuga Basics alumni:

    Thank you for your interest in and support of Vävstuga!

    Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues–Fri 9–3) or our web store any time, and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group.