(2020) Farmhouse Projects

Farmhouse Projects

Take on a larger project than you might try at home.
Optional additional days the following week give you more time to finish.

Instructor: Becky Ashenden, Tonya Jones

Dates offered 2020:
    at Water St. Studio: Jan 20–24, Jun 8–12 (canceled for covid-19)
    at Farm Studio: Mar 3–6, Sep 1–4, Mar 31 – Apr 3, Jun 16–19 Oct 27–30, (canceled for covid-19)

Extra weaving week (at Farm Studio only): Choose to stay on the following week for more weaving time!

Extension dates: weeks of Mar 9, Apr 6, Jun 22, Nov 2

Single week (at Water St. Studio only): No extra weaving weeks available. See Vävstuga Favorites class page for project choices.

Concurrent with Drawloom ABC and Drawloom Treasures.

An opportunity to pick a larger project you might not want to tackle on your own loom at home, in a welcoming environment with others. Our studio hours are more flexible at our Farmhouse, so you are welcome to work late into the evening, or early in the morning.

Focus on one project

Week 1: Set up and weave with our staff on hand.

Week 2: Extra weaving time, no instruction. (If the week is concurrent with a class at the Water Street Studio, meals may be purchased at our day student rate.)

Instruction time

Becky and Tonya will be present in the studio as needed through week 1. As students settle into weaving their projects, we will make sure everyone’s needs are met. There will be no instruction during week 2.

Difficulty ratings


These projects all have a little extra twist beyond simple balanced plain weave, possibly including using multiple shuttles, weaving a wider width, using multiple blocks, and/or multiple treadles.

more advanced

If you are comfortable with multiple shuttles and slightly intricate designs, you are ready for these. Many of these patterns can remain simple, or become as complex as you want.

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all linen projects

linen runners & squares

also available:
these popular projects from our Favorites Favorites session

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project details

satin damask runners

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project details

overshot and more

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project details

breadcloths, monksbelt warp+weft

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project details

more fun with linen, wool, cotton

Choosing a project

Select your project using the above photos; click on each for more details. One project per person. Our selection here includes many of our projects listed on our Vävstuga Favorites page in addition to some projects larger in scope that would require 2 weeks to complete. If you prefer to choose a project on our Favorites page that you don’t see listed here, that is possible as well.

Choosing warp length

We offer 3, 6, 9, and 12 meter warp lengths.

We have posted a suggested warp length for each project for our average weaver. If you usually want more time, choose a shorter length; if you are a speedy weaver, pick a longer length. Unfinished warp lengths will be cut off and chained for you to take home and continue weaving on your own loom. If you finish your project early, you will have the opportunity to use one of our warp mills to wind a warp or more to take home, first come first served.

Exploring colors

Clicking on any project photo will provide a popup with details for that project. Check to see which warp yarn your project has, then use our Yarn Playground to explore your color choices.

8/2 cotton | 16/2 cotton | 20/2 cotton | 30/2 cotton
8/2 linen | 12/2 linen | 16/2 linen | 16/3 linen
Mora wool

Choosing warp colors

Plan A: keep it simple

Use the same colors as in the original piece — just let us know 3 weeks before class.

Plan B: for single color warps

Look in our web store for the color name and number for the yarn in your project and let us know your choice 3 weeks before class.

Plan C: changing multiple colors

For warps with multiple colors, ask us for a list of the original colors in the picture to assist you when making color changes. Let us know your choices 3 weeks before class.

Location: Water Street Studio or Farm Studio (depending on dates; see above)

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

Max enrollment: 6 (concurrent with Drawloom ABC and Drawloom & Linen Treasures)

Course fee:
Week 1: $550 (includes all instruction and studio time, lunch Tue–Fri, dinner Thu)
Week 2: $50/consecutive day for extra weaving time, no meals or instruction

Materials fee: materials are charged by weight

Room & board:
Week 1: $375 (includes lodging Mon–Thu evenings, breakfast Tue–Fri, dinner Tue–Wed)
Week 2: Students staying in the Water St lodging the first week of class will need to find other lodging for the 2nd “extra weaving” week. You may stay over Friday night at Water St for a lodging fee of $75, with checkout by 9:30 on Saturday morning. Meals may be purchased at our day student rate.

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

Days offered: Four-day session, Tue–Fri. Optional extra weaving time for 2nd week.

Week 1 schedule: Instruction time starts 9:00 am Tuesday morning and continues as required. On Friday, for those enrolled for Week 1 only, instruction ends at noon and remaining warp lengths will be cut off and chained for you to take home. Checkout must be completed by 3:00.

Week 2 schedule: Extra weaving days start on Saturday and will be counted consecutively. (Any partial day and/or a missed day counts as a full day). Checkout must be completed by 3 PM on Friday.

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