July 2016

Hello friends of Vävstuga and welcome to our new Newsletter subscribers!

We have two lovely and inspiring books to offer you this month! Band weavers take note!

Applesies and Fox Noses: Finnish Tabletwoven Bands

book-kariapples_215x300  This is one of the most instructive manuals we have seen for table woven bands. It includes clear pattern diagrams, instructions,   and beautiful photographs for 30 different bands.        

Traditional Finnish Decorative Bands

th-book-schvtradit  First published in 1903, this book is the most comprehensive publication on tablet weaving of its time. 159 band designs are reproduced in color and techniques that vary from braided bands to tablet-woven bands and pick-up patterned bands using various kinds of rigid heddles. A nice bit of history of the tools used to make this wide selection of bands used in 19th century Finland makes this a very interesting and inspiring book!      

June and July were very fun and busy class months here at Vävstuga!

Sagas and Fluff, Swedish Rag Rugs, Bands in the Barn, Treasures, and 3 Basics classes in June.

Sagas and Fluff was a wonderful week of weaving weft-faced wonders! Our week combining Swedish Rag Rugs, Bands in the Barn and even some Treasures projects was a great success out at the Farm Studio. Watch for this to be repeated in June of 2017! classblock-sagas IMG_9104   IMG_9003IMG_9063          

The Summer Weaving Workshop, One-Day-Wonders and The Swedish Kitchen classes in July.

We had a wonderful week weaving with teens during The Summer Weaving Workshop! Join us next year for an all-ages week of weaving, including on the drawloom, plus natural dyes, spinning, and even some maypole dancing, picnics, and fun games on the side. Some adult students joined in that week to weave some One-Day-Wonder towels and runners. It was great having everyone out at the Barn Studio! Weaving for the Swedish Kitchen was also a hoot with rep woven placemats, towels and table squares, and Lisa Hill’s amazing creativity in designing fun and practical pocketed aprons! See Tonya’s below. IMG_9308 IMG_9250 IMG_9399IMG_9426            

There’s still room in classes for some summer and fall 2016 weaving fun!

For our Basics Alumni there are a few spaces left in Swedish Classics, August 15-19 and August 29-September 2 and Nordic Classics, September 26-30 When planning your fall weaving adventures, consider Flamboyant Blankets coming up October 17-20 and Festival of Fabrics, November 28-December 2 and, of course, Treasures December 6-9 and 13-16 – contact us for project availability.

 Stay Tuned for 2017!

Our 2017 Class Schedule is so close to being ready to make public but, needing a few tweaks, we must wait to announce it in the August Newsletter. Here’s a few hints: you can count on some Basics Classes in January, June/July, and likely December. The 2017 Väv Immersion Program dates will be from the late summer into fall. And we have a NEW CLASS which will feature Vävstuga favorites – and there are so many to choose from! Registration will open after the schedule is posted.   Until then, have a wonderful summer and happy weaving! Join us at Vävstuga for a great class, visit our store (Tues-Fri 9-3) or our web store any time, come to Library Hours on the first Friday of each month 2-5pm (next is August 5th), and check out our Facebook page and Ravelry group!    

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