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
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.
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.