Sagas & Fluff

Weave pictures to tell a story, sample a variety of knotted pile techniques

Instructor: Becky Ashenden

Dates offered 2020: Jun 22–26 (covid-19 cancelation)

The ability to weave pictures and intricate geometric designs adds a tremendous amount to anybody's weaving vocabulary. This class focuses on techniques that emphasize wool weft on both cotton and linen warps. It often feels as if you are "painting" with weft yarn as you cover up the warp. These techniques are time-consuming, but so engaging that the time seems to fly by.

Techniques

Gubbatäcke

Master the mystery behind this typically Swedish technique. This six-shaft weave will keep you endlessly entertained as you create your own "saga" behind the motifs.

Bound rosepath, krokbragd, and dubbel krokbragd

These three weaves can be done on the same warp with the same threading. Combining all of these techniques in one piece will mystify your weaving comrades.

Trensa flossa

Create three-dimensional pictures with this entrancing knotted pile in relief. Some areas show just the weft-faced plain weave background and you can place the fine fluffy pile knots where desired.

Loose rya

This is the original rya technique used in Scandinavia on fishing boats in place of sheepskin coverlets, which would not tolerate getting wet. There is decorative weft-faced striping on the front side and long pile on the "warm" side. We'll weave a little coverlet-let.

Flossa & rya

Seeing the color deepen as you cut the pile of your first flossa and rya knots is magic. Tying these knots on the warp quickly becomes addictive once your hands try it out. We'll weave a little ruglet.

Theory sessions

Design classes focus on shapes and motifs using colored pencils and paints. Sitting around the table in a group getting to see what everyone else is doing is an inspiring way to find your own design sense. Each student will come away from the class with several new designs, some of which will be used for their projects during the week.

Drafting classes provide tools to help you understand the variety of weave structures used during the week. The better understanding you have of each weave structure, the more freedom you have to weave it.

Sagas project

trensa flossa

Sagas project

trensa flossa close-up

Sagas project

gubbatäcke

Sagas project

bound rosepath

Sagas project

bound rosepath

Sagas project

loose rya

Sagas project

flossa

Sagas project

flossa & rya

Sagas project

krokbragd

Sagas project

krokbragd

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: $75

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.