V ä v a! V e v e! weaving cloth one thread at a time
Friday, January 30, 2009
At v ä v a!v e v e!our intent is to inspire joy and delight through simple, elegant designs by using the earth’s fibers of linen, cotton, wool and silk in designing and weaving impeccable textiles, while attempting to tread lightly on our planet.
v ä v a!v e v e! will continue to evolve in a renewing atmosphere that encourages flexibility, flowing communication and a most awesome creativity. We hope to create an atmosphere where we understand that each of us, like our textiles, is valuable, irreplaceable and requires treatment with respect and honor. We want to take this attitude forward and outward to families and friends, and bring peace and well-being to those we encounter in our community and beyond.
Who we are
v ä v a!v e v e! is a premier weaving studio specializing in high-quality, hand-woven "earth-fiber" home accessories in linen, cotton, silk, and wool.
In addition to the flagship assortment of textiles made up of table linens, blankets, pillow covers, bath and spa towels, and rugs; and apparel such as scarves and shawls, v ä v a! v e v e!is considering selling Swedish and Norwegian weaving yarns of linen, cotton, wool and silk.
The studio is owned and operated by Marian Quanbeck Dahlberg, weaver and teacher of fiber arts.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibres 22 January 2009
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibres. IYNF 2009 aims to highlight the importance, significance and continuing relevance of a sector that produces close to 30 million tonnes of natural fibres worth some $40 billion annually.
The International Year of Natural Fibres will be officially launched at 11 a.m. (CET) on 22 January 2009, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome.
The objectives are to:
Raise awareness and stimulate demand for natural fibres;
Promote the efficiency and sustainability of the natural fibres industries;
Encourage appropriate policy responses from governments to the problems faced by natural fibre industries;
Foster an effective and enduring international partnership among the various natural fibres industries.
This weaving is woven in a Krokbragd structure, which is a Norwegian weaving structure. It is done in wool with a cotton warp. This weaving entailed throwing the shuttle 3 times to acheive one row in the design. It is therefore a very dense weave.
My inspiration for this project was my Norwegian heritage. The piece is called "Norway" and is 6"w X 16.5"h and is a landscape. At the top of the weaving you can see the blue sky with a few clouds. Moving down you can see snow capped mountains, caribou, and some trees as one progresses down the mountain. Perched in the hills is a sod roofed kirke or church. And finally, in the foreground are men and women in traditional costume.
This is a detail of the women in traditional costume.
Here we are looking at a detail photo showing another weaving in wool with a linen warp done in the Krokbragd structure. This weaving is actually about 23" wide and almost 8' long. The photo only shows a small portion of the entire weaving. The weaving is a study in color.
***********NEW TOWEL LINE!!***********
This is my new towel introduction. This towel design is called "Lake". It is a twill weave in 100% linen. It is a wonderfully luxurious towel with an elegant hand. This is my spa sized towel measuring 22" w X 40"l.
This is a detail photo of the twill structure towel in linen
I was a Certified Interior Designer, designing corporate and commercial facilities for the past 30 years. I retired after owning my own design firm for about 15 of those 30 years. While designing interiors I had many opportunities to examine luscious textiles in detail. The fabrics today are so incredible, using all kinds of materials, from plastics to metal, to achieve a look and function; while color application has reached new heights. Very inspiring stuff! Being the right brainer that I am, I thought, “I could do that. . .” So I turned Hand Weaver and continue to pursue my passion in textiles. The future always holds something wonderful, and that's where I'm heading.