December 2014

Vävstuga has been bustling this month with our usual flurry of projects, including the setup of a warp-weighted loom gifted to us during December Vävstuga Treasures. We offer you 3 new book reviews on YouTube, flax for spinning, and several other exciting new products in our web store. Happy browsing…

New in our webstore

  • Flax & spinning equipment:
    We now have flax stricks back in stock, for spinning your own beautiful linen yarns. We are excited to announce also an entire new Spinning Equipment section of our store, featuring a selection of quality spinning wheels and accessories made by Ashford Handicrafts in New Zealand. Our popular Linens class offers a great opportunity to come spin and weave with fellow enthusiasts.
  • Öxabäck warping mills and tube stand:
    We now carry Öxabäck warping mills in two sizes, and a beautiful new Öxabäck tube stand that holds 13 tubes, along with our range of other warping equipment. In our product demo video, Becky shows off the perfect proportioning and admirable stability of the tabletop warping mill.
  • Glimåkra reeds:
    We now have Glimåkra reeds back in stock in a wide variety of sizes. These are an economical choice and are lightweight, made in the traditional way with cord wrappings on a wooden spine. The flexible dents are made with thinner steel than the American reeds, which can be an advantage in sleying the reed (especially fine reeds).
our new Spinning Equipment department
our new Spinning Equipment department

New books & book previews

This month’s additions are especially centered around the theme of flax and linen, in celebration of our newly added spinning equipment. Check out our signature preview videos that Becky has created, where you can watch her leaf through the book and describe its charms.

Warp-weighted loom

We have an intriguing new toy in our studio: Deb Holcomb was kind enough to gift to Vävstuga a beautiful replica of a warp-weighted loom that her husband built.

The warp-weighted loom is an ancient and simple loom which may have first been used during the Neolithic period in central Europe (around 7,000 BC). The loom has two vertical upright poles that lean against a wall, with the warp yarns hanging freely from a horizontal warp beam at the top. Bundles of warp threads are tied to hanging loom weights, which keep the threads taut while two horizontal rods are moved to create the shed. This type of loom was common throughout Europe and Asia and has remained in use in Scandinavia into modern times.

warp-weighted loom
L: Deb Holcomb at the warp-weighted loom; R: Becky channeling her inner Viking while weaving

Treasures class photos

Our last two Treasures classes of 2014 were filled with gorgeous projects woven by wonderful weaving friends. Here are just a few of them — by Lisa, Laurie, Mary, Barbara M., Francine, and Barbara H. — for your admiration and inspiration. See these and lots more cameos of student work on our FaceBook page.

Treasures projects Nov-Dec 2014
Highlights from Treasures Classes Nov-Dec 2014

Ravelry & social media

Calling all Vävstuga alumni who have been requesting a place to stay in touch and share all your beautiful projects with your classmates! We now have a brand new Vävstuga Ravelry group, open to all interested fiber artists (it’s free and easy to create an account on Ravelry). You can post photos, participate in discussions, and draw inspiration from friends old and new. We also have an active FaceBook presence, and you can subscribe to our increasingly active YouTube channel if you’d like to know when we’ve posted new book previews or product how-tos.

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Vävstuga group on Ravelry
Vävstuga group on Ravelry
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