March 2021

Hello Weaving Friends, Spring is just around the corner! As we watch the snow melting outside our windows we are imagining filling our studios with students once again. For now, we are looking forward to a gradual return to normalcy. As some events for 2021 continue to be cancelled, this may actually open up some weeks for us to welcome students here. We are still working on our schedule, as it needs to remain tentative, but we have a few programs to share with you here.

3-week Mini Immersion Program

Fingers crossed, we will hold our 3-week Mini Immersion this May 17-June 4. To enable good air flow and social distancing, the program will take place in our Barn Studio with its large barn doors open and, occasionally, in an outdoor event tent. Becky was able to offer several classes in these spaces last summer and early fall with great success. We have openings available in this program. Let us know if you have an interest in attending and we will keep in touch with everyone as our Governor’s travel restrictions evolve over the next few months.  

Väv Immersion 2021 – seeking applications

We are eager to let you know that we will be offering an 8-week version of our Väv Immersion residential intensive weaving program from July 12-September 3 co-sponsored by Fabric of Life. The application is available on the Fabric of Life website. There are various scholarships available this time around, so feel free to spread the word to anyone who might be interested in this kind of program.  

New Warps-to-Go

Deflected Double Weave Towels by Lisa Hill

We are honored to collaborate with Lisa Hill to offer these stunning towels in an intriguing 8 shaft weave structure. Lisa has done American weavers a great service in popularizing and fine-tuning this lovely structure. The magic happens in the washing, when the straight lines become those beautiful curves.  

Coverlet Bands – more colorways

Who says you need to design the coverlet first? Choose one of our 17 lovely band colorways, or choose your own colors based on Becky’s Stjerne coverlet band design, then plan the colors for your coverlet to go with it! Purchase the band warp all ready to beam onto your floor loom at home. Here are just a few of the colorways to tempt you:

Curtains in Mygtjäll

Becky first wove these Mygtjäll curtains as an extra project towards the end of her five month weaving class in Sweden in 1981. With its lacy structure and uneven denting, the pleasing look of this lightweight, somewhat transparent curtain makes it one of our most popular in the studio windows. With a somewhat loose warp tension, putting your foot up from the treadle as you swing the beater forward, and leaving plenty of slack thread from the shuttle, you may not need to use a temple to achieve beautiful selvedges.  

Salmon Falls Showroom – Nordic Journey

Becky and her husband Leni are excited to let you know that they have a joint show entitled “Nordic Journey” at Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom in Shelburne Falls during the months of March and April. There is plenty of weaving on display, as well as seven of Leni’s amazing photographs from their adventure to the Faroe Islands two years ago. We encourage any of you who are local enough to come and check it out to certainly do so.

Becky’s Band Weaving Ski Retreat

Speaking of Becky and Leni, they had a wonderful break from work cross-country skiing. Becky also spent time experimenting with the Vävstuga Band Loom and found great satisfaction in weaving a band out of the Leksandsband 1 book using our recently developed pattern spreader. We expect this attachment to be available in our store by the month of April, after we finish our current production run.

Online “Vävstuga Textiles – A Nordic Journey” March 18

Join Becky on Thursday, March 18 from 7-8:30 pm EST as she shares her “Nordic Journey” presentation to benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England. A link to join the zoom meeting will be published on their website before her workshop. Becky’s expertise in the rich and varied textile traditions of Sweden and beyond is well known. The online workshop will present a multitude of these structures and provide a look inside of the Vävstuga studios. Becky is also well known as a musician in a variety of folk music traditions from Swedish to Balkan to Cape Breton and through this online workshop she hopes to support the Folk Arts Center of New England during this time of social distancing and cancelled events.

For your watching pleasure

Art of Serpanka weaving – A wonderful Ukrainian flax and linen weaving video

The Ju/’hoansi San women – A tree without roots will not have life

We FELT like sharing these lovelies with you by Ukraine-based designer Hanna Dovhan

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