Handiscola Project

Handiscola Handiscola was an EU project that brought together participants from European countries to learn and increase appreciation for traditional handicrafts. Birch Bark Basketry Instructions for weaving baskets with birch bark (in .pdf format). The English translation begins on Page 11. Bookbinding Ceramics Embroidery Instructions for basic embroidery stitches and some lovely floral motifs. Felting … Continue reading “Handiscola Project”

Rya Rug Video

How to Weave a Rya Rug on a floor loom. This rya rug is made of 100% hemp warp and weft. The video demonstrates how to cut the rya pile, tie the rya knots and weave the rug. The backing for the rug is woven in a tabby weave. The pile for the rya knots … Continue reading “Rya Rug Video”

Hemp Rya Tapestry

A project to weave a rya tapestry using hemp yarns.

Rya Rug Repair

Diagrams and instructions for how to repair a hole in a rya rug

Finnish Rya Rugs

About Finnish Textiles: poppana, rya rugs

History of the Rya Rug

A brief history of rya rugs in Finland and Sweden

3 to 120 Dye Study Project

Using 3 primary dye colors create over 120 different shades

How to Weave Rya Rug Backing

A Rya rug can be woven and knotted directly on a loom, or the backing can be woven separately on the loom and rya knots can be hand stitched afterwards onto the backing. Here is a weaving draft and instructions for how to weave the backing fabric. The rya rug canvas is generally woven using … Continue reading “How to Weave Rya Rug Backing”