Swedish Classics

Builds on the techniques taught in Vävstuga Basics and has a similar format.
Monksbelt — Rosepath — Satin — Linen — Multi-Shaft Twill

Instructor: Becky Ashenden

Dates offered 2020: Sep 14–18, Oct 5–9 (class full; waiting list only)

An in-depth study of several classic weave structures commonly found in traditional Swedish handwoven textiles makes this class the logical next step after Vävstuga Basics. Students will go home with a greatly enhanced feeling of confidence in all aspects of their weaving, as well as gaining new experience with a wide variety of our beautiful cotton, linen, and wool yarns.

In this five-day class, Day One will be spent in reviewing some aspects of dressing the loom. Threading a little bit of each project familiarizes each student with the weave structures being used. After sleying and tying on, tie-ups will include both vertical and horizontal 10 shaft countermarch, as well as 4 and 8 shaft counterbalance.

Tuesday through Friday are weaving days, offering a comprehensive review of skills taught in Vävstuga Basics as well as new experiences, such as handling multiple shuttles, weaving on a single ply linen warp, gaining confidence with 10 treadles, and feeling the difference between tie-up systems.

Daily theory classes will include satin, multi-shaft twill, monksbelt, and rosepath. Special sessions are scheduled for designing both monksbelt and rosepath with our luxurious Swedish wool yarns. The mystery of sett theory will be unveiled one afternoon, and another afternoon session will provide each student with a set of invaluable yarn sample cards including vital information on all the yarns used here as Vävstuga. Learning how to make elegant hems on your linens is also a thrilling part of the week.

Each student may complete five projects in five days:

  • A single-ply linen tablecloth
  • True satin damask in cotton and linen
  • Monksbelt in linen and wool
  • Twill cotton yardage on 8 shafts
  • Rosepath in linen and wool

Current projects are pictured below.

Current projects


twill cotton yardage


linen tablecloth

satin damask

Location: Water Street Studio

Prerequisites: Vävstuga Basics (Why does everyone need Basics?)

Max enrollment: 10

Course fee: $850 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch Mon–Fri, dinner Thu)

Materials fee: $85

Room & board: $450 (includes lodging Sun–Thu evenings, breakfast Mon–Fri, dinner Mon–Wed)

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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.