Students Design their Rya Rugs

Melinda and Erma Gebb work on color selections.

Last winter I made “my last rya rug” as documented in the video  During this video I explain the history of rya rug making from Scandinavia as well as my family’s background as designers and distributors of the yarn and backings.  See this post for more information:

Jo Ann matches yarn colors to her original graphed design.

Two of the four classes have passed.  Everyone is well on their way in knotting their rugs.  It’s great fun for me to see the ideas and energy on graph paper become living rugs right before our eyes.  The yarn colors are blended with the same effect as mixing paint.  Most students have drawn their designs on graph paper where they assign a number to each area according to the colors they combine–rather like a paint-by-number canvas.

Byrdcall Studio is filled with colors today.

All rugs will probably be done in a month or so, and I will post the finished photos at that time.  Too bad spring became summer so soon.  It’s a lot more comfortable holding a wool rug on your lap during the cold season.  At least it’s cool in the nights.

The studio has been busy.  Expect more picture-filled blog postings soon.  Until next time.


Rya rug class photos by Ken Koons; Carroll County Times.

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