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  • June News

    It has been a busy Spring getting the Farmhouse and grounds ready for action and now with great jubilation we are finally ready to invite you all back.

    Classes resuming!

    At long last we can offer the good news that Vävstuga classes will be resuming as of June 14th. As our plans have been in flux, we have not yet updated our website to reflect all the weaving options or class dates at our Farmhouse location. Please see below for available dates and contact us by email only at office@vavstuga.com.

    Covid considerations

    Massachusetts has recently repealed the mask mandate for vaccinated individuals. Those who have not been vaccinated are asked to wear a mask when they are unable to social distance. Vävstuga’s guidelines are the same for both staff and students, and although we will not be asking anyone about their vaccine status, we trust that everyone will proceed according to our guidelines.

    New class formats

    Still in process and details are not yet on our website

    We have taken this opportunity to slightly redesign our classes, often running 2-3 programs simultaneously. Each class type will have a maximum of 4 students, each of whom will have their own loom to focus on. There will be extra projects for each group set up in advance and ready to weave on. We are excited about this new approach with smaller groups which will make more intimate classroom sessions, but will also allow students to see what other classes are doing.

    Class locations

    Barn – Tent – House

    As the pandemic thankfully recedes, we are still offering plenty of distancing and lots of fresh air. We have added a 20’x30′ event style tent next to the Barn Studio, and most class activities will take place in both of these locations for much of the summer. We will be asking students to bring a mixture of clothing and other supplies geared towards New England summer outdoors. Some Farmhouse Projects and Drawloom classes are still inside the Farmhouse Studios.

    Class availability

    We are continuing to work on registering students who were cancelled last year due to covid and rolled their deposits forward for “first dibs” in 2021. Our current openings beyond these commitments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting us by email at office@vavstuga.com.  These spaces are currently available:

    Vävstuga Basics

    • 1 spot each in June 14-18 and July 26-30
    • 2 spots in each: June 21-25 and Aug 2-6

    Swedish Classics-(Basics class prerequisite)

    • 4 spots in June 14-18
    • 1 spot in June 28-July 2

    Drawloom ABC

    • June 22-25
      • 1 spot for a Shaft Drawloom or an Opphämta on the Shaft Drawloom project
    • August 17-20
      • 1 spot for a Single Unit project

    Drawloom Treasures

    We still have two of our large drawlooms set up and available for our students who have already taken a drawloom class with us.  Available dates for these treasures are:

    • June 22-25
      • 1 spot for the Damask tablecloth with combination shaft draw and single unit
      • 1 spot for the Lithuanian Opphämta tablecloth (Shaft Draw Opphämta on 21 Pattern Shafts) with Monksbelt
    • August 17-20
      • 1 spot for the Damask tablecloth with combination shaft draw and single unit
      • 1 spot for the Lithuanian Opphämta tablecloth (Shaft Draw Opphämta on 21 Pattern Shafts) with Monksbelt
    • October 19-22
      • 1 spot for the Lithuanian Opphämta tablecloth (Shaft Draw Opphämta on 21 Pattern Shafts) with Monksbelt

    Plenty of Farmhouse Projects and Vävstuga Favorites opportunities are available

    If you can’t get into one of our classes, and you want to join in the fun of our reopening, consider selecting one of our individual projects from either the Farmhouse Projects list or the Vävstuga Favorites list. Some of these projects have the Vävstuga Basics class as a prerequisite, but there are a number that are open to all. As our plans have been in flux, we have not yet updated the dates on our website, but any of the projects you’ll find on those class pages are available. If you would like us to set up the loom ahead of time for you (set up fees apply), just ask us if we will have time to have your loom ready for any of these available dates:

    • 2 spots June 15-18
    • 1 spot June 22-25
    • 2 spots June 29-July 2
    • 8 spots September 21-24

    Fall class announcements coming soon

    Openings in other classes, happening later in the fall, will be posted after we finish contacting students rolled forward for these from 2020. These include:

    • August 23-27 Vävstuga Bandloom class
    • September 13-17 Linens class (has Basics as a prerequisite)
    • PENDING Monica Hallen’s ability to travel from Sweden: Possible dates include October 11-15 for Open Rep with Rags and October 25-29 for Rag Rug Techniques
    • November 8-12 and November 15-19 Mönster Parti and Designing Awesome Warps

    If you are interested in any of the above classes please feel free to let us know by emailing office@vavstuga.com. We hope we will be able to welcome as many of you as possible to Vävstuga this year!

    New Krokbragd Patterns book

    We are happy to offer Debby Greenlaw’s newest book Krokbragd Patterns!

    This sequel to her popular book Krokbragd: How to Design & Weave focuses on an extensive collection of individual motifs and borders that are possible with this beautiful Scandinavian weaving technique.

    Project details and inspiration from several weavers make this a great addition to your weaving library.

     

     

     

     

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