About Us

Byrdcall Studio, LLC

Byrdcall Studio, LLC is owned and operated by Melinda Purcell Byrd. Founded in 2000, the studio originally was the site of a multitude of Melinda’s artistic endeavors from floorcloth design and construction, print making, oil painting, glass painting, and mural design and construction.

She occasionally found time to create a new rya rug always of her own design. As the granddaughter of Bill and Angie Lundgren of Lundgren Rya in Northboro, Massachusetts, she grew up around ryas and rya designers. Their rya business provided all the supplies needed from Sweden for the rya rug making process. In their later years, her grandparents counted on Melinda to act as primary designer, teacher, and business management. That was back in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Byrdcall Studio

Then, during a 30-year gap, the rya market appeared to vanish. Melinda got married, moved to Woodbine, Maryland and worked in her field of experience and passion, environmental education. Lundgren Rya was sold.

In 1999, she left gainful employment to live and work as an artist. She researched with the newly-formed Google search engine to find what on Earth was happening with rya rug making. Nothing—it seemed.

Another decade passed when she was asked by the Carroll County Times photo-journalist to record a video on the dying art of making rya rugs. Her rya supplies were nearly gone, so she agreed to share what she knew in case there ever was a resurgence of the art. The interest in the YouTube video has been incessant. Melinda’s Rya Video. She soon realized she needed to write it all down as a book. She bought back her grandparents’ supplies and moved them home to Byrdcall Studio, LLC to help her help others.

At the same time, Norwegian rya supplies were being exported to the USA for the first time in decades. Suddenly Melinda had a reliable supply of the highest quality rya supplies shared with you.

At this time, Byrdcall Studio, LLC is being operated as a cottage business from the home-based studio. Appointments for visits are welcome. Classes are scheduled throughout the year. The long-awaited book will be released in March 2020. Melinda Byrd looks forward to helping your towards your rya goals.

About Melinda

Melinda Purcell Byrd grew up in Concord, Massachusetts about a half-hour drive from her grandparents in Northborough. In the 1950s they were among the first in the United States to import Swedish supplies for the rya rug making craft through their business, Lundgren Rya. From them, Melinda absorbed the art of designing rya wall-hangings and rugs. She designed and made her first when she was in 6th grade. She worked alongside her grandparents for years and has continued in this Nordic art form her whole life.

In addition to being a rya designer and a diverse visual artist, Melinda served for over 20 years as an interpreter of nature. She was a seasonal ranger in Colorado, worked with school children at Massachusetts Audubon, and then taught in Nature Centers in Carroll County, Maryland. Her honed interpretive skills are now shared with you and her students.

Melinda established Byrdcall Studio in 2000 as an answer to her “calling” to creativity. Before her total immersion in reviving the art of rya, she spent over a decade painting, carving, creating woodcuts and linocuts, and hand-printing on clothing. Some of her shirt art can still be found in the Byrdcall Etsy Shop. Her passion for this art form has convinced her that reenergizing the rya rug craft is her “special purpose” in life.

She lives in Woodbine, Maryland with her husband, John, and their black lab, Gypsy. She is passionate about nature, gardening, creating and eating delicious foods, and brewing her own beer.

If you would like to keep in touch, sign up for the e-newsletter. Melinda can be reached at  byrdcallstudio@gmail.com. Follow the story at Byrdcall Studio on Facebook.

About Melinda

Melinda Purcell Byrd grew up in Concord, Massachusetts about a half-hour drive from her grandparents in Northborough. In the 1950s they were among the first in the United States to import Swedish supplies for the rya rug making craft through their business, Lundgren Rya. From them, Melinda absorbed the art of designing rya wall-hangings and rugs. She designed and made her first when she was in 6th grade. She worked alongside her grandparents for years and has continued in this Nordic art form her whole life.

In addition to being a rya designer and a diverse visual artist, Melinda served for over 20 years as an interpreter of nature. She was a seasonal ranger in Colorado, worked with school children at Massachusetts Audubon, and then taught in Nature Centers in Carroll County, Maryland. Her honed interpretive skills are now shared with you and her students.

Melinda established Byrdcall Studio in 2000 as an answer to her “calling” to creativity. Before her total immersion in reviving the art of rya, she spent over a decade painting, carving, creating woodcuts and linocuts, and hand-printing on clothing. Some of her shirt art can still be found in the Byrdcall Etsy Shop. Her passion for this art form has convinced her that reenergizing the rya rug craft is her “special purpose” in life.

She lives in Woodbine, Maryland with her husband, John, and their black lab, Gypsy. She is passionate about nature, gardening, creating and eating delicious foods, and brewing her own beer.

If you would like to keep in touch, sign up for the e-newsletter. Melinda can be reached at byrdcallstudio@gmail.com. Follow the story at Byrdcall Studio on Facebook.

Rya Rugs

Enjoy the adventure of learning all about rya rug making. The interest in this art which goes back to the days of the Vikings is surging in the Nordic countries, the USA, and beyond. We have communication resources that allow us to share with one another like never before. Come along as I share with you the gifts I learned from my grandparents years ago as well as the lessons I've learned in the past decade as I researched the the book RYA RUGS--Design and Make Your Own. Make rya a reflection of your own artistic interests and favorite colors. Let me help you.

I currently provide rya yarn from Norway, USA, and Sweden (maybe someday Finland!)

I carry all sizes of the Rauma rya backings from Norway and bolts of woven backing from Norway, Finland, and the USA.

Needles, Needle organizers, Sample packages, and kits are all available to you.