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A class customized to your desires

Instructor: Becky Ashenden (and studio assistants)

Dates offered 2017:
    at Water St. Studio: Sep 18–22, Oct 23–27, Nov 27 – Dec 1, Apr 24–28 (class full; waiting list only)
    at Farm Studio: May 8–12*, May 15–19* (class full; waiting list only)

*May 8–12 & May 15–19 concurrent with Vävstuga Treasures, Drawloom Basics, 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
  • Optional drafting class
  • Optional pre-sley class
  • Wind a warp to go

Beaming choice

We beam for you: If you do not need the extra review beaming your warp, we can do it for you, so you start Monday morning threading and get to the weaving part more quickly. See below for our modest charge for this service.

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Beam it yourself: The complete process of pre-sleying, beaming and tying up can be helpful for new and experienced weavers alike.

Schedule

Your warp of choice will be ready and waiting for you Monday morning.

Two special Monday lessons

Drafting: Our Monday morning class will provide each student with a drafting worksheet applicable to their chosen project. Duplicates of the other drafting sheets will be available for those who want to expand their educational opportunity in this area.

Calculate pre-sley: Our Monday afternoon class will be spent calculating which reed to use to pre-sley a warp for beaming and how to sley it. We will work out several solutions for one warp, to give you the tools to go home with more confidence to do this on your own.

Instruction time

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

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 balance 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

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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Jämtlandsdräll & halvdräll

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

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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.

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.

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: 8–10

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.