Scandinavian Weaves Workshop

Over the coming weeks, I will be offering some new weaving courses, designed for the Intermediate or more experienced hand weaver.
The workshops will specialize in Scandinavian traditional weave structures.

The weaving workshops will be offered as 1 or 2 day courses.
4 Shaft Table Looms will be pre-warped and ready to go.
Other weaving yarns and materials will be provided.

The workshops will take place in my home studio.
I can accomodate up to 2 persons per class.

Please note:
Due to the current Covid19 Virus, I will not be offering workshops at this time.

Please contact me if you are interested in any of these workshops and would like to be kept informed of further information.
I will also update information about the workshops via Twitter.

Paivatar Studio
Paivatar Studio

Some of the new weaving workshops will be:
Rya Rug Weaving Workshop

Vortex in Blue Rya Rug
Vortex in Blue Rya Rug

Finnish Raanu Weaving Workshop
Finnish Raanu
Finnish Raanu Weaving

Kuultokudos Transparency Weaving Workshop

Täkänä Doubleweave Pickup Workshop
Takana Steps
Takana Steps

Krokbragd Weaving Workshop

Small Size Rya Rug Kits

Please note: I am currently working on a new series of Rya Rug Kits. These will be based on the traditional Finnish style of ryijy matto.
You may also purchase rya backing and Plant Dyed Rya Rug Yarns so that you can design your own handmade rya rug.

The pure wool yarns are a finer weight than those of my previous rya rug kits and are designed with a shorter pile length and are not designed to be a ‘shaggy’ style of rya.

Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug
Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug
Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug Kit
Approx. size: 50 cm x 50 cm

Vortex in Blue Rya Rug
Vortex in Blue Rya Rug
Vortex in Blue Rya Rug Kit
Approx size: 50 cm x 50 cm

Prime 17 Rya Rug
Prime 17 Rya Rug
Prime 17 Rya Rug Kit
Approx. size: 40 cm x 70 cm

Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug
Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug
Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug Kit
Approx. size: 50 cm x 50 cm

Solar Sky Rya Rug
Solar Sky Rya Rug

Solar Sky Rya Rug Kit
Approx. size: 40 cm x 70 cm

Undulations Rya Rug
Licorice Allsorts
Licorice Allsorts Rya Rug Kit
Approx. size: 40 cm x 70 cm

Rya Rug Backing

For those who don’t weave but like the plushness of a rya rug I now am able to supply the backing so you can make your own rya.
The backing is woven using a pure linen warp and wool weft.

Unfortunately, since I had surgery recently that caused damage to my arm, I am no longer able to weave large pieces on my floor looms.

I am very pleased to say that I have been able to source lovely rya backing fabrics that have been handwoven in Finland.
The warp is 100% linen yarn.
The weft is pure Finnish wool.

The rya backing can be ordered in a variety of widths.
Prices shown are per Meter length.

Update May 2021:
As I live in the UK – Due to Brexit – I am unable to order supplies from Finland anymore. Please contact Jenni Vanhanen in Finland who will be happy to supply you with the Finnish style of rya rug backings.

Jenni Vanhanen in Finland offers wonderful Finnish style rya rug backings and yarns.

Byrdcall Studio
Melinda Byrd sells Norwegian style rya rug kits and supplies.

The spacing between each Rya knot row is 1 cm
Rya Rug Backing Fabric

Backing Width CMBacking Width InchesKnots per RowRows Per Meter  
35 cm14 inches52 knots100 rows
45 cm18 inches68 knots100 rows
54 cm21 inches80 knots100 rows
80 cm32 inches120 knots100 rows
100 cm40 inches150 knots100 rows
120 cm48 inches180 knots100 rows
130 cm52 inches195 knots100 rows

Finnish Rya Rug Backing
Finnish Rya Rug Backing

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The spacing between each Rya knot row is 1 cm
For this design of rya backing fabric, you can choose to tie the rya knots on every warp grouping or you can space the knots out by skipping one warp group in between each knot.
For example, if you are using a thicker weight yarn such as a Sport or DK weight, it is best to leave a warp thread untied between each rya knot.
If you are using finer weight yarn such as a 4Ply or Sock yarn, tie the knots around every 2 warp threads.
In Finland, many variations in the spacing of rya knots were used, depending on the weight of the cloth, the thickness of yarn or the desired effect of the finished pile.
There is no one right way to tie rya knots.

Sirelius - Rya Knots
Sirelius – Rya Knots

Source: U.T. Sirelius – The Ryijy Rugs of Finland

All rya products are Custom orders and require a 50% non-refundable deposit.
This covers my cost of the yarns – should you change your mind and not want the product.

Plant Dyed Rya Yarns
I also now have available plant dyed rya wool yarns that are suitable for use with this rya backing. Please visit Plant Dyed Rya Rug yarns for more information.

Rya Rug Instructions
Here are some instructions on how to sew rya knots onto a pre-woven rya backing fabric.

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All of my hand dyed and hand spun yarns are now sold through my Etsy and EBay shops.

Paivatar Yarn on Etsy
Paivatar Yarn on EBay