Vävstuga Favorites

A class customized to your desires

Instructor: Becky Ashenden, Bettie Zakon-Anderson, Tonya Jones

Dates offered 2018: Dec 4–7, Dec 11–14

Dates offered 2019: Jan 7–11, Sep 16–20, Sep 30 – Oct 4, Oct 21–25, Nov 4–8

Concurrent with One-Day Wonders (Tue–Fri).

Choose from our gallery of beautiful woven samples, and dress one of our looms the Vävstuga way. In a room full of students all dressing looms together with a variety of projects, it's amazing the number of tips and tricks that emerge for discussion.

Need more time? If you'd prefer to work on a longer or wider warp of any of these projects, it's likely a perfect candidate for our new Farmhouse Projects session. Ask us.

Loom set-up options

  • We will wind your warp
  • You choose to beam, or we can beam
  • We could thread some heddles (gives you more weaving time), pricing below
  • Depending on our available time, we might be able to dress the whole loom (check with us for pricing)

Instruction time

Becky, Bettie, and Tonya will be present in the studio as needed. Once students settle into weaving their projects, we will make sure everyone's needs are met. There will always be a staff member on hand to assist.

Drafting & inspiration

Translating drafts: Bettie will hold a session Tuesday after lunch coaching students to take American weaving drafts and convert them to the Vävstuga method. This session has been in high demand over the years and we are delighted to offer it.

Drafting review: Bettie will hold a session Wednesday after lunch reviewing the Vävstuga drafting method, known as one of the easiest and logical methods. It most directly matches the physical aspects of the loom with its color drafts, showing how the tie-up pattern correlates to the weave structure.

Drafting sheets and project sheets: In addition to receiving completed drafting sheets and project sheets for your own project, these sheets will be available to you for the other Favorites projects in the studio during your session. We will have these ready for you at checkout if you desire them.

Learn with others: Sometimes you learn a lot about a project by witnessing someone else's execution and interpretation. You'll gain valuable experience with an array of unique projects in a group setting. Issues that come up can foster interesting and enlightening conversations around design, technique, and problem solving.

Difficulty ratings

easy

Plain weave with only 2 treadles. Your focus will be on ergonomics and rhythmic even weaving. Using stripes in the weft will give ample practice changing colors.

intermediate

These projects all have a little extra twist beyond simple balanced plain weave, possibly including using multiple shuttles, weaving a wider width, using multiple blocks, and/or multiple treadles.

more advanced

If you are comfortable with multiple shuttles and slightly intricate designs, you are ready for these. Many of these patterns can remain simple, or become as complex as you want.

easy

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all plain weave tablecloths

plain weave tablecloths

intermediate

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all rosepath family

rosepath family

easy / intermediate

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all napkins

napkins

intermediate / advanced

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all fancy tablecloths

fancy tablecloths

more advanced

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all butterflies & fluff

butterflies & fluff

intermediate

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all flamboyant blankets

flamboyant blankets

intermediate

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all fancy rep

fancy rep

intermediate

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all Jämtlandsdräll

Jämtlandsdräll

intermediate

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all Smålandsväv

Smålandsväv

mixed levels

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all bands

bands

mixed levels

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all fabrics

fabric

more advanced

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satin damask runners

intermediate

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hangable handtowels

easy

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plain weave runners

easy

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plain weave towels

more advanced

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overshot and more

intermediate

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towel temptations

more advanced

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breadcloths, monksbelt warp+weft

intermediate

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more fun with linen, wool, cotton

Choosing a project

Select your project using the above photos; click on each for more details. One project per person.

Warp length

We have posted a default warp length for each project. Let us know if you want a longer length (our lengths go up in increments of 3 meters, to a maximum of 9). Unfinished warp lengths will be cut off and chained for you to take home and continue weaving on your own loom. If you finish your project early, you will have the opportunity to use one of our warp mills to wind a warp or more to take home, first come first served.

Exploring colors

Clicking on any project photo will provide a popup with details for that project. Check to see which warp yarn your project has, then use our Yarn Playground to explore your color choices.

cottolin
8/2 cotton | 16/2 cotton | 20/2 cotton | 30/2 cotton
8/2 linen | 12/2 linen | 16/2 linen | 16/3 linen
Mora wool

Choosing warp colors

Plan A: keep it simple

Use the same colors as in the original piece — just let us know 3 weeks before class.

Plan B: for single color warps

Look in our web store for the color name and number for the yarn in your project and let us know your choice 3 weeks before class.

Plan C: changing multiple colors

For warps with multiple colors, ask us for a list of the original colors in the picture to assist you when making color changes. Let us know your choices 3 weeks before class.

Location: Water Street Studio

Prerequisites:

"EASY" category:none
"INTERMEDIATE" category:Vävstuga Basics (Why does everyone need Basics?)
"MORE ADVANCED" category:Vävstuga Basics (Why does everyone need Basics?)

Max enrollment: 8

Course fee: $650 (includes all instruction and studio time, lunch Mon–Fri, dinner Thu)

Heddle threading fee: (optional) $10 per 100 heddles

Materials fee: materials are charged by weight

Room & board: $450 (includes lodging Sun–Thu evenings, breakfast Mon–Fri, dinner Mon–Wed)

For more detail: See also costs & logistics, food & accommodations

Days offered: Five-day session, Mon–Fri

Schedule: Studio open 9:00–6:00 Mon, 8:30–6:00 Tue–Thu, 8:30–3:00 Fri. Weaving starts 9:00 am Monday, with project assistance available as needed. On Friday, weaving ends at noon and remaining warp lengths will be cut off for you to take home. Checkout must be completed by 3:00. (Exception: If the remainder of your warp is too short for us to remove from the loom to send home with you by Friday noon, there could be a little more weaving time after lunch, as long as everyone can be checked out by 3:00.)