Swedish Classics

Builds on the techniques taught in Vävstuga Basics and has a similar format.

Instructor: Becky Ashenden

Dates offered 2022: Sep 5–9, Sep 12–16 (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, and even weaving on a drawloom.

5 packed days, 5 projects

Tablecloth in tow linen - Your warp will be wound ahead in your color choices, and you will start by pre-sleying on a loom to yourself, followed by a basic loom dressing review.

Monksbelt runner - Two pattern blocks on a plain weave linen ground, set up and ready to go using wool or linen weft

Rosepath bag or belt - Ornate patterning with so many color possibilities. Loom will be set up and ready. Brage wool on a linen warp.

8-shaft twill - Explore multiple treadling variations. Loom will be set up and ready. Cotton and linen.

Damask on the draw loom - An opportunity to weave pictures in a satin structure!

Mon

Setup day

In this five-day class, each student spends the first day dressing their own loom, starting with pre-sleying a pre-wound warp in their chosen colors.

Topics include:

  • Pre-sley review
  • Beaming using a trapeze, special tips for linen
  • Comfort while threading the heddles and sleying the reed
  • Efficiency and accuracy of the Vävstuga tie-up system in review

Tue–Thu

Weaving days

Once students get comfortable weaving on their linen tablecloth, we start to rotate onto the other projects.

Topics include:

  • Handling multiple shuttles
  • Weaving on a single ply linen warp
  • Gaining confidence with multiple treadles and blocks
  • Noting the differences between tie-up systems
  • Review of using a temple
  • Weaving on a drawloom

ALL WEEK

Classroom learning

A review of drafting as it relates to all of our projects, and other valuable information that can't fit in our Basics week.

Classroom topics include:

  • Record-keeping, in the form of a detailed project sheet for each of our five projects
  • Drafting of monksbelt, rosepath, twill and satin structures
  • Drafting with blocks
  • Yarn sample cards, with multitudinous woven peices to show how each of our many yarns are used
  • Hemming your linens
  • Sett theory, including a very detailed sett chart
  • Basic drawloom damask design
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tow tablecloths

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monksbelt

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monksbelt closeup

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rosepath

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rosepath closeup

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8-shaft twill

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twill variant

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pumpkin drawloom damask

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pumpkin closeup

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yarn samples

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hemming

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sett theory

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design classes

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

Max enrollment: 4

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

Materials fee: $100

Room & board: We offer a variety of room & board plans with lodging in Farmhouse, Cabin, or Glamping Tent

For more detail: See also costs & logistics, food & accommodations

Days offered: Five-day session, Monday–Friday

Schedule: Instruction time 9:00–noon and 1:30–4:30. Exceptions: on the last day, instruction ends at noon, and checkout must be completed by 3:00. Once a session begins, the Barn studio is available at all hours.