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.
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.
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.
We also had two Vävstuga Basics classes in May. Check out their beautiful color combos.
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.
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?
We have a few slots open for the following classes:
Oct 3–7, Drawloom ABC — one space open for single-unit project
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’s blog — an enthusiastic account from one of the weavers in our 2021 cohort
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.
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.
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.
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.
Melvenea’s blog — an enthusiastic account from one of the weavers in our 2021 cohort
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. …”
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!
We’ve been enjoying some lovely winter weather around the Farmhouse.