Vävstuga Favorites

A class customized to your desires

Instructor: Becky Ashenden (and studio assistants)

Dates offered 2017:
    at Water St. Studio: Oct 23–27, Nov 27 – Dec 1 (class full; waiting list only)

Dates offered 2018:
    at Water St. Studio: Jan 9–12, Jan 16–19, Dec 4–7, Dec 11–14, May 15–18 (class full; waiting list only)
    at Farm Studio: Mar 27–30, May 8–11, Aug 14–17, Oct 23–26

Water St. Studio sessions concurrent with One-Day Wonders (Wed–Fri).
Farm Studio sessions concurrent with Drawloom ABC and Drawloom & Linen Treasures.

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.

We wind your warp — you do the rest

  • Optional beaming review
  • Thread & tie up your loom
  • Work at your own pace
  • Wind a warp to go

Beaming choice

We beam for you: Your warp will be ready for you to sit down and thread on Tuesday morning, giving you a nice head-start on your project.

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Beam it yourself: If part of your reason to visit us is to review the beaming process, you are welcome to do this under our supervision, just let us know.

Schedule

Your warp of choice will be ready and waiting for you on your first morning.

Instruction time

Becky will be present in the studio most of the first two days. As students become comfortable and settled in with their projects, she will check in with everyone on the remaining days to make sure everyone's needs are met. There will always be a staff member on hand to assist as needed.

A wealth of new inspiration

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.

Learn by being 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 easy rep projects

variety of easy rep projects

intermediate

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all fancy rep projects

variety of fancy rep projects

intermediate

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all flamboyant blankets

variety of flamboyant blankets

intermediate

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all Jämtlandsdräll projects

Jämtlandsdräll projects

intermediate

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all Smålandsväv projects

Smålandsväv projects

easy / intermediate

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all napkin projects

variety of napkin projects

intermediate

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all curtain projects

variety of curtain projects

more advanced

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satin damask runners

intermediate

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hangable handtowels

intermediate

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rep runners

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

easy

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plain weave squares

intermediate

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large linen damask

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. Just one warp per person, please — or, come with a friend and share two warps.

Choosing warp length

3 meters

You will most likely have time to finish weaving your warp here. Leftover time could be spent winding a warp to take home. This length may be too short for some projects; our staff will advise you when you register.

6 meters

Faster weavers may have time to complete this length. It really depends on the fineness and complexity of the piece.

9 meters

You will most likely have some leftover warp to take home to give your newly learned skills an instant refresher.

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.

2017 classes (5-day session)

Location: Water Street Studio for all remaining dates

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: 8–10

Course fee: $550 (includes all instruction and studio time, lunch Mon–Fri)
                  If we beam your warp for you: $5 per 100 warp ends

Materials fee: materials are charged by weight

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

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

Days offered: Five-day session, Monday–Friday

Schedule: Studio open 8:30–6:00, instruction time 9:00–noon and 2:00–5:00. Exceptions: on the last day, instruction ends at noon, and checkout must be completed by 3:00. We'll host a teatime each Wednesday.

2018 classes (4-day session)

Location: Water Street Studio or Farm Studio (depending on dates; see above)

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 at Water Street, 4 at Farm Studio (concurrent with Drawloom ABC and Drawloom Treasures)

Course fee: $550 (includes all instruction and studio time, lunch Tue–Fri, dinner Thu)

Materials fee: materials are charged by weight

Room & board: $375 (includes lodging Mon–Thu evenings, breakfast Tue–Fri, dinner Tue–Wed)

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

Days offered: Four-day session, Tuesday–Friday

Schedule: Studio open 8:30–6:00, instruction time 9:00–noon and 2:00–5:00. Exceptions: on the last day, instruction ends at noon, and checkout must be completed by 3:00.