V ä v a! V e v e! weaving cloth one thread at a time

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sent a linen package to a friend of mine


Instagram photo of väva! veve! package when Branda Crow received it upon its arrival at Our FoodShed in Portland, Oregon.
 Brenda says, "Gorgeously wrapped gift from Vava Veve! Even a card adorned w/ her handwoven textiles. Wow."


 Instagram photo of väva! veve! Hand and Spa Towels sent to Brenda Crow at http://www.ourfoodshed.com
 Brenda says, "Oh my goodness, these kitchen linens are something special. Handwoven, from Minnesota: www.vavaveve.com" 



Friday, July 11, 2014


Cottage Series I
Bath Towel  36" x 72"
Design:  Damask, One Block
Color:  Dark Neutral with Cornflower Blue stripes

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Martha Stewart's American Made Awards

väva! veve! has just been informed that we have been nominated for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards!! This is so beyond cool!! Take a look at the link, Follow! And then SHARE!!!!! SHARE this news to the ends of the earth, and to the moon, and everywhere in between!! Then come back and VOTE starting September 15th!!! OMG!!  I have to go lie down!









Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cabin Series II Spa Towel in Pine Design, in colors Slate, with Violet accent band.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Seeing things anew.


When we take pictures we are usually recording something for a memory. But taking pictures can also open one's eyes to a fresh view. I have things coming into my studio here and there all the time, and the things that were there before get pushed further back in my attention. The excitement of something new overtakes the old and my eyes tend to not see what is right there in front of me. So today, I took my camera and looked . . . really looked at all the color, fantasy, and detail in my studio.  It was fun to see things with a fresh eye.


 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, May 5, 2014


I am beginning to feel assured that we will get no more snow, but I am not yet secure in that notion.  After all, this is Minnesota, and here we are always waiting for that 'other shoe to drop' when it comes to the weather.  In other words, if it is nice today, it will probably be either really hot and muggy tomorrow, or it will snow and sleet tomorrow.  It has happened that way long enough that people in this state are always waiting for the bad news.  We have been trained by the weather to be suspicious of a nice day and anticipating that it won't last long.

But even so, I am in good spirits!  I am in count-down mode to make a road trip to Chicago to pick up a another AVL loom.
 This is the loom waiting for me in Chicago.

This one has air assist mechanisms for the harnesses and flybox shuttles!  My plan is to take the air assist mechanisms from this new loom and install them on my current AVL.  I will have to do some adapting because I have 24 harnesses on my loom rather than the 16 on the loom from Chicago, and I have the newer version of the flyboxes which uses a rubber tube as an elastic powered return for the fly mechanism . . . .

 Newer flybox shuttle mechanism.

. . . . rather than a spring, which in the case of the loom from Chicago (far bottom of photo below) is replaced by the air assist mechanism.

It will take some thinking to get that one to work, but I have confidence . . . .

 . . . . I should be able to figure it out!

The unaltered original loom will probably placed on the market for about $3,500.  It is a 60" - 16 harness AVL mechanical dobby loom, with a sticky (sand paper) breast beam, auto cloth advance, auto cloth storage, and a 1 yard sectional beam.  The loom is in excellent shape.  The loom has been maintained very well, which explains the wood oil marks on some of the wooden pieces.  Buyer will pay shipping (as is standard).  It will not have the fly shuttle boxes, since I may need those in adapting the flyboxes onto my current loom.

 The heart of the mechanical dobby.
 
 The counterweights for the auto cloth advance.

 16 harnesses

 1 yard sectional beam.



 Auto cloth advance system.

 Sturdy enough for rugs or silk!




















Areas of oiled wood


If interested, contact me through this blog or through my website:  http://www.vavaveve.com/contact





Sunday, May 4, 2014

150 mile wardrobe: local fiber, real color, Gandhi economy


I ran across this video showing Rebecca Burgess talking about Fibershed.  It gives you a little more information and leaves you with the thought that just one idea can really have an impact!  Just one person, one idea.  And we are seeing her idea sweep the nation!  Fibersheds are sprouting up all over the United States.  This is something that everyone is deciding they CAN do and that they WANT to do it!  It is very exciting to be part of this movement!