Welcome to Byrdcall Studio

Byrdcall Studio–Art Studio–is now becoming Byrdcall Studio–Rya Studio!

 My mission in life is to bring the age-old art of Scandinavian rya rug making back into the public eye of appreciation and understanding.  A video I helped to create in 2011 has been viewed by nearly a half million viewers and generated quite a fervor for more knowledge and quality supplies.


Click here to see the video:  The Lost Art of Off-Loom Rya Rug-Making. To answer the demand, I am writing a book on designing and making your own ryas. I also am selling all of the best supplies to make your quest for making a rya very easy for you.

We carry a wide variety of quality rya supplies:

  • Rauma rya supplies from Norway.  All their standard wool and linen backings, all 82 colors of their Ryegarn, and also now carry all 77 colors of the finer Pyrdvevgarn.
  • Asborya colors from Borgs in Sweden.  We carry most their colors, but not in great quantity.
  • Lundgren Rya.   I bought back my grandparents’ rya rug supply business which they started the year I was born.  It had been sold out of the family for over 30 years.  My grandparents taught me and now I teach you.
  • The easiest way to buy kits and general supplies right now is via my etsy shop. Each listing has a wealth of information about the supplies. Please visit the online shop.


For your first purchase, I recommend to samples package with approx. 260 colors of yarn that you can feel with your hands as well as swatches of backing. Click here to read more or to order your sample package.

For monthly updates of interesting and unusual projects and listings of classes and shows where you will find my work,  I invite you to sign up for my monthly email newsletter in the lower right corner. 

If you want more frequent updates–maybe weekly– sign up for the blogs.  I do my very best to keep them colorful and interesting–just like YOU!   😉

Click here to see my most recent newsletter January-February 2018.  Read the archives for news of recent months.  Send me photos of your recent rya projects and you may see them among upcoming blogposts and newsletters.

Rauma Ryer design called “Anemone” available as a kit. Design by T. Kosonen Buvik. All supplies and instructions in English. $386 plus postage.

Thank you.  Feel free to spread the word:

Rya rug-making is making a comeback across the globe!

Melinda Byrd

In 2013, Byrdcall Studio was awarded a level II membership in the Green Business Network of Carroll County, Maryland

In 2013, Byrdcall Studio was awarded a level II membership in the Green Business Network of Carroll County, Maryland