A few years ago on a wonderful holiday to Corfu, Greece I purchased a beautiful sample of a Greek Flokati rug. It had been woven by my friend, Agathi the weaver, in Kassiopi, Corfu. She very kindly explained to me how these wonderful rugs are woven. The shaggy weft wool pile was made of handspun wool from local sheep. Her sister had done the handspinning and Agathi woven this fluffy rug that now sits on my rocking chair.
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 is cut to a length of about 3 inches. To prepare the cut pile, wrap the rya yarn around a folded piece of cardboard and cut. After the rug has been woven, trim the rya knots to an even length. Weave about an inch of tabby between each row of rya knots.
Diagrams and instructions for how to repair a hole in a rya rug
Books: rug weaving, rag rugs, rya tapestry rugs, hooked rugs
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.
Using 3 primary dye colors create over 120 different shades
A project to weave a rya tapestry using hemp yarns.
About Finnish Textiles: poppana, rya rugs