March/April 2008

Due to overflow from our winter classes, we have added a Vävstuga Basics class to the schedule April 14-18. We do still have some openings that week, so let us know if you are interested, and tell your friends.

One more scheduling change: Our fall Weavers Choice class will be moving to the week of October 20-24.

Vävstuga will host some special workshops during the summer months of June and July. In the planning stages are a day-long course to make a small Swedish style birch bark woven basket, a two-day Latvian mittens class using our wonderful wool yarns, and a woven backpack basket class. We will send more information as plans progress. Do let us know if any of these interest you, as these workshops will accommodate only a small number of students.

My friend Gisela Von Weisz is offering a very interesting class in Sweden next summer. I wish I could go, but maybe some of you can instead!

5-day workshop in Sweden, June 2009

What: 5-day workshop in Shaftswitching with Gisela von Weisz.

When: June 8-12, 2009

Where: At Hemse Folkhögskola (adult education school), on the island of Gotland, Sweden’s largest island, situated in the Baltic Sea.

Equipment: There are 7 countermarch looms, 8 other looms and a few other small looms. A lot of different yarns are for sale; if you choose to use rags, you will have to bring your own.

Projects: Samples for carpets, upholstery, tablecloth, and clothing. All warps will be wound, but not beamed, threaded, etc.

Techniques: Weft-faced compound tabby (taqueté), weft-faced compound twill (samit), and if there is time, liseré. (Corduroy is a liseré).

Class size: Minimum 12 participants, maximum 14.

Costs: Room prices are per person per day. All include full board: breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks morning and afternoon, and an evening sandwich. Prices below are for summer 2008 at current exchange rates; next year’s costs will be decided in August 2008.

  • Double room, private bath: SEK 485 ($79)
  • Double room, shared bath: SEK 385 ($63)
  • Single room, private bath: SEK 590 ($96)
  • Single room, shared bath: SEK 485 ($79)
  • Workshop: approx. SEK 1000-1200 ($163-195)

The school has a bus that can take us on excursions at an extra cost. The bus will fetch you at the ferry or airport. We can stay 1 or 2 extra nights afterward for sightseeing. Gotland has a lot to offer, interesting craftspeople and a beautiful city, Visby, and interesting nature.

For more information: Gisela von Weisz,

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