tammyweaves…June 2016

Lavender, Father’s Day, Weaving Books

      and the Flax Garden at Vävstuga!


Weaving Lavender Wands welcomed summer to tammyweaves.  The first of two classes met this week to delight in the aroma of lavender and weave wands.  Lavender wands have been woven for centuries and placed in cupboards as a moth repellent while bringing a fresh garden smell one’s clothes.  They last for years – even decades, simply give them a little squeeze to awaken the aroma.


Weaving Books – A weaving book needs to be inspiring, instructional and a delight to read.  I find myself continuing my Väv Immersion  habit of reading weaving books most evenings. Today I’ll share Swedish Weaving books that have made their way over the years to my bookshelf.  These books are sold at Vavstuga and each one is a treasure.


Weave Structures * The Swedish Way   The text for Väv Immersion.  Learn to read Swedish Drafts and understand all of the basic structures in weaving.

The Swedish Weaving Book  ” a fundamental guide for calculating and setting up projects on the loom”. Along with finishing techniques.

Dress your Loom the Vävstuga  Way –  aka “Flippy” A step by step photo guide to warping your loom as taught in Vavstuga Basics.



Warp With a Trapeze & Dance With Your Loom

Kati Reeder Meek  first inspired me to warp with a trapeze and use live-weight tension. I refer often to this book.  Kati is inspiring and wise.










Warp and Weft – Lessons in Drafting for Handweaving  isa great compliment to Weave Structures.  Simpler explanations, more structures.

The Big Book of Weaving is the book to have if you want only one Swedish Weaving book.  It shows how to set up a loom, how to weave, has 2 dozen projects, finishing info and my favorite part – troubleshooting problems and errors!

Old Swedish Weavings from North to South – In January, I would have said, “this book is a beautiful document of projects and I understand how to weave about half of them.” Post Väv Immersion I can say, “I have the ability to weave each project with ease. I love having this new knowledge and am pondering which projects to choose !”


Handdukar (Handtowels) in Swedish  A gift to myself after Basics, this is perhaps my favorite book.  Handtowels, simple and not so simple -I could be inspired to weave forever just from this one book!

Simple Weaves  The projects are simple, yet elegant – blankets, rugs, tableware, pillows, curtains, handtowels and a bathrobe!

Kalasfina vävar (Fine Party Weaves) in Swedish A step up in complexity from Simple Weaves with a similar collection of projects.

Father’s Day….a delayed post, but not forgotten!

Early in our relationship, I knew my husband Daniel Corwin would make a great father as I observed him playing with his younger cousins with joy and delight.And indeed he has dedicated his life to being an amazing father creating stories that continued night after night, creating a pottery tea set, building wooden toys and sharing his love of nature and beauty with our daughters.  While I was at Vavstuga weaving, Dan cared for our home, our daughters and studied drawing, awaking his artist within.  It’s good to be together again.


My father Noel Renner, holding the basketball next to his brother Olin, grew up on on a farm, working with animals, tractors, machines and plans.  I love growing herbs, vegetables and flowers thanks his persistence in the garden each summer. My father loves Hudson automobiles,  which were produced until the mid-1950’s near Ann Arbor in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  My sister and I grew up riding in the cars he restored as we traveled to various cities to gather with other Hudson lovers.  People telephone my father for advice on how to repair their cars, scooters and just about any thing else that has an engine and he almost always has an answer, which still has me in awe!


My father’s father, Harry Russell Renner, started a car dealership and repair shop in my hometown of Pleasant Hill, Ohio.  He taught his five sons not only to repair cars, but to be inventors and create new ways, better ways.  He invented his own helicopter before he ever saw one fly, sang in many choirs with a deep bass voice and  wrote with a beautiful Copperplate hand.


From Vavstuga…the flax garden in full bloom.  In August the flax will be harvested during the Linens: Seed to Cloth class.  Leni also send a photo of one of the groundhog chucklings that frequently visited us at the flax house in May/early June.


Coming Soon…

  • tammyweaves – setting up the weaving studio
  • books from my public library – the essentials and those to delight the senses
  • the garden in july – herbs, greens and blossoms

tammyweaves…arriving home

The Welcoming Garden..iris, floribunda roses,hydrangeas along the garage, wild black raspberries, peonies and clematis.


Weaving Lavender Wands.…The lavender is blooming, it’s time to weave lavender wands!  Join me for a day of lavender wands.    email:  tcorwin-renner@comcast.net


The Garden Inside… with my Opphampta Pink Birthday Party and the first piece I wove at a Vavstuga Weaving Day 2011.


tammyweaves *  weaving studio – I was happy to have my loom warped and ready to weave!


tammy weaves –  Creating the fiber gifts for supporters of my Warp a Weaver fundraiser!


Tea Party! – Carol and I shared a gute-reise (happy travels) tea party with my daughter Emily who is now in Germany working as an intern in a neuroscience  visual perception research lab.  Carol arrived with grain free cookies in a basket lined with a beautiful handwoven towel.  I hope to meet the weaver of this towel.  And…Carol has a blog you might enjoy: (address will be added as soon as I can find it!)


Lace Found!  Daughter Allegra left her amazing lace wrapped around my rainbow cones from Lunatic Fringe.  A little surprise to say “I loved making lace with you”.  Allegra flew to Germany before I arrived home.  She is working  as an intern in a Psychosomatic Hospital Research lab.



Coming Soon:

  • Father’s Day memories of the week.
  • Weaving Books that teach and inspire…



Väv Immersion Class – The Finale!!!

Väv Immersion Class Graduation Celebration!!!

From left to right: Kay, Elizabeth, Becky, Leni, Bettie, Kim, Kate, Kira and Tonya.      Missing:  Vickie and several of our fabulous instructors!

Linen Class – We delighted in seeing the color changes created by the different retting processes.  The land retted flax  resulted in a silver fiber, the cold water retting produced a lighter gold fiber, while the warm water retting resulted in a darker golden flax. We hackled (top photos) and scotched (bottom photo) the three varieties of flax now have a huge appreciation for the amount of time and work that goes into the processing of flax.  And yes, we could each now grow and process our own flax and spin it into linen thread!

Väv Immersion Class – weaving and finishing projects during our final week!

Kira’s single unit woven with her hand spun and dyed linen, bobbin lace along with flowers and feather from the journey

Kate and Elizabeth each hemming their shared warp tow linen tablecloths 

Smalandsvav samples woven with cotton just off the loom – from top to bottom:  Kate, Tammy, Kay, and Kira

Kay’s bound rosepath with linen warp and cotton weft


tammyweaves…  The Opphampta in the last few days….wishing it could go on forever.  And yes, I do see a drawloom in my future.  (As do several of my classmates!)


Friday Farewell….I spent Friday evening saying goodbye to my dear friend of over 20 years, Amy and her beautiful loving children.  She was one of three of Cincinnati friends whose looms inspired me to weave.  And after dinner we found Morris Dancers calling in summer near the Bridge of Flowers and delighted in their jovial spirit.


Saturday Open House – A display of  Väv Immersion weaving….


And a Bulgarian spinning demo...


And great food, music, singing and dancing to celebrate throughout the afternoon and evening!


Good-bye!  Sunday morning the grey skies reflected our sadness in leaving, yet the rain nourished the earth as we had been nourished by Becky and all who came together to create the Väv Immersion Class. Our surroundings now green and abundant, had changed as we blossomed into weavers.   What an amazing four months!


I was warmly welcomed by Dan and Emily upon my arrival to Ann Arbor.  Thank you for sharing this weaving journey with me. The tammyweaves blog will continue as my weaving studio awakens….. I’ll write again soon!    Love, Tammy

Tammy Winding Warp

Väv Immersion Class – Week Sixteen continued….

Väv Immersion Class Graduation photos!

Sixteen weeks of weaving beautiful handwoven items for the home.

photos by John Leni Marcy

  • We each wove the following items…

  • Breadcloth in basket weave
  • Kitchen Towels in twill variation and our own color designs
  • Rag Rugs with our own personal designs
  • Goose Eye Table Cloth
  • Monksbelt runner/hanger
  • Rosepath sampler to be sewn into a loom bench cushion, shuttle bag, or backstrap weaving belt
  • Shaft Unit Drawloom hanging/table runner
  • Upholstery samples
  • Band weaving on bandloom and/or backstrap loom
  • Tow Linen Table Cloth – woven in design created with a classmate
  • Striped Yardage – to be sewn into clothing, curtains, bath towels…
  • Fine Linen Overshot/Daldrall table square
  • Deflective Double Weave/Nordic Deflection samples, pillow cover, dishtowels and placemat
  • Opphampta Drawloom hanging/table runner
  • Damask Linen Tablecloth in 10-shaft satin weave
  • We also had the opportunity to create…

  • Large Wool Blanket in our own colors and design
  • Saved Pattern Drawloom dragon design
  • Rolakan/Tapestry Square – in our own geometric design
  • Single Unit Drawloom hanging- personally designed
  • Nalbindning mittens
  • Bobbin Lace
  • Spun Wool
  • Spun Flax into Linen
  • Dyed Wool and Linen


More soon…I am experiencing a new technical difficulty.  Please enjoy the photos above and the peonies from my garden in Ann Arbor.


Väv Immersion Class – Week Sixteen!!!


We are completing our last of sixteen weeks here at Väv Immersion.  We welcome you and your friends in the NE to visit this Saturday, June 4th for our Open House and Barn Dance Benefit.   Väv Immersion weaving will be on display, along with fiber activities, music, food and folk dancing. We hope to see you Saturday.


(Photos:  Still life on Elizabeth’s weaving bench, Weavings  by Vickie – Väv Immersion 2016,  Vävstuga with Iris – May 2016)

tammyweaves – This is my weaving for weaving the 10 shaft damask table cloth in satin.  I’ve chosen a 16/1 bleached (white) line linen to give a traditional look to the 16/1 natural line linen.  It is a physically demanding weave that requires great leg strength to treadle – especially near the lamms. I am fortunate to have seen Cindy Johnson bi-monthly for therapeutic massage.  She has kept my body in tip-top shape through all the physical demands of weaving. The Gerber daisies have  continued to delight me as they opened with new shades of red.  Bobbin lace on the lawn has been a delight – though I found it wasn’t as easy after a month’s lapse.  And my wool blanket colors have changed from a mix of blues and greens to a more springy pink and green.  It is the one Väv Immersion project I’ll be taking home to weave – which gives me something to look forward to!


Väv Immersion –

Kira’s Single Unit Drawloom project using hand spun and dyed linen with dried flowers too, upholstery samples

Becky creating a tepee of water soaked flax, Kate’s bound rosepath in cotton

Becky sharing our overshot – just off the loom, Elizabeth’s opphampta

Leni at the computer teaching us how to edit photos of our textiles


I took a walk on the Bridge of Flowers to say good-bye (for now).  This lovely and unique garden is an amazing gift of beauty and hope.  I will miss it’s tranquility and reminder that one can transform something “old and seemingly useless” into a very valued and prized gift.  I’ve certainly transformed while being here at Väv Immersion and hope you are inspired to follow your calling of transformation, whatever it may be!

Coming soon…photos of our last few days, the open house and barn benefit!!!


Väv Immersion Class – Week Fifteen continued…

tammyweaves – Rolakan tapestry woven in wool-started and completed, cottolin bath towels with hand towel sampler-completed, Smalandsvav sampler-started and completed, and Opphampta circles-almost complete.  It has been a very busy week of mostly blues mixed with power pink!!!


The Bridge of Flowers –  amazing blooms, mostly pink, a beautiful week in May!


Equipment Class – Shuttles, quills, temples…how to choose the right one for each project!


Vav Immersion – everyone has been very busy this week!

Kate’s plaid wool blanket, Elizabeth’s overshot

Kate’s Rolakan, Kate’s Smalandsvav, Vickie’s curtain yardage with inlay

Vickie’s curtain yardage inlay#2, Vickie’s curtain yardage, Elizabeth’s Opphampta

Kira’s Rosepath, Kira’s Bound Rosepath, Elizabeth’s Rolakan


A little more Rep Weave – the end of class display – fantastic!  And such a lovely group of weavers!



A visit to Becky’s home studio to see the 280cm she weaves upon, complete with a fly shuttle!



And a trip to Lisa Hill’s Studio and to see her 24-shaft Toika computer assist loom.


BBQ and Sundae Bar at the Farmhouse – Sunday evening to celebrate the end of week 15!


What’s Next???  We’ve been ask this question by weavers in the week long classes and blog readers as well.  So, I’ll feature various members of our Vav Immersion Class a they answer this question.  Tonya, Jones, the 2016 Apprentice at Vavstuga, has often been with us these past four months.  She was the first to answer the “what’s next?” question.  Tonya says: “I will be apprenticing through July. Come August, I will be a Vavstuga employee – a hostess for students, setting up looms for class, shipping orders, and any other random tasks – till the end of the year (2016). During that time I plan to dive into the drawlooms and explore a possible career in that (weaving with drawlooms).”

We recently visited Tonya and she shared several of her first weavings, several quilts and her amazing cross stitch quilt – all hand quilted (close-up shown of this queen size quilt).  It was great to see her work “before Vavstuga”.  And we can’t wait to see what she creates this summer on the drawlooms!

Väv Immersion Class – Week Fifteen

tammyweaves – Birthday Party Pink!  On Tuesday I celebrated my 56th birthday.  I was showered with wishes woven in love by friends and family and was delighted to receive a singing card from my classmates reminding I was born a “long, long time ago!” along with these beautiful Gerber daisies – in pink of course!  I’ve enjoyed weaving this amazing round design on the Opphampta drawloom – it is my new favorite!  I love defying the angles of weaving to create the illusion of a circle and am calling this piece”birthday party pink!”.  I’m almost finished with towel #2 – woven with the robin egg blue weft.  The spring here is so lush and green, what beautiful place to spend my birthday weaving at Vav Immersion.


Väv Immersion – Vickie’s yardage for curtains, Elizabeth’s Rolakan – woven back side up to manage all of the thread changes, Elizabeth’s opphampta,  Kate’s wool blanket, Kay’s damask tablecloth, Kay’s smalandsvav, Kira’s smalandsvav, and Kira’s wool blanket.


Rep Weave Class – I took a peak at the looms in town…wow, four months ago I had no idea Rep Weaving had so many variations!  Look at all they are doing!


Photography Class – Becky’s husband Leni set up a photo area for us to take photos of our weaving.  Great lighting, a black background, a good camera and computer for editing are all important aspects when taking photos of one’s textiles.



How was this woven?  We spent a very quick class playing the game which of these fabrics have the same weaving structure….here are the groups of textiles woven on the the same loom.  Only the colors and treadle tie-ups have changed!