In a recent newsletter, I asked for those of you who are making progress on ryas–or have just finished one–to send me pictures for the newsletter.  It is really fun to hear your designing stories.  Here are a few I received.  More to come….


Mia from Sweden is working on this beautiful rya. She found the “kit” in a chest purchased at an auction. When she told me that she couldn’t find instructions on how to make it (in Sweden) I realized how important is is for me to get the word out on making your own rya. Mia has offered to translate my book into Swedish when it is done. I better get to work.

And here is another great one…

Kay Ahearn's Spaelsau rya

This is a truly international rya with a great story. Kay from New Zealand has just completed it, but she is still tweaking it in certain aspects. She started by buying a Finnish backing from me. Then she emailed me her design idea and we calculated yarn amounts needed online. My Lundgren yarn is spun in New Hampshire of New Zealand fleece, so half of the yarn she used came from her own “backyard.” Kay was helping me research sheep breeds in New Zealand, and historical rya breeds. She was the first to tell me about the Spaelsau sheep from Norway which is a heritage breed. The sheep in her rya is a SPAELSAU, so all the white wool in her rya is from Norwegian Spaelsau sheep! This is a masterpiece in my opinion and so much fun to watch develop over the miles. Thanks for sharing, Kay!

And another…


And this one was recently sent to me by Janine who has made several ryas. She was kind enough to send me a large box of 23 lbs of extra rya yarn she had accumulated over the years. This one is a Swedish design which I was not familiar with. Very beautiful and soooo Swedish.

And another:

This is truly a blast from the past.  Imagine getting an email like this one I received a few weeks ago:

<<Melinda, was it you who gave a small class on making rya rugs in Concord MA in

1982? I am still working on my rug and now I vow to finish it and I am so happy

to have found you. I am sure it was you, anyhow you or a relative. This young

woman’s grandmother had developed her own line of colors and rya rug backing …

 I am so happy to see all your pictures, I am sure you are the same person!>>


beth Watson inspiration
From a photograph of a stegosaurus, Beth was able to see an interesting design in the skull and ear of the dinosaur. She blocked the image so she could graph it better.
beth watson graph
This is the graph paper she watercolor painted to create the design you see below. She used 27″ wide backing in two strips. One strip is completed and the other strip is nearly complete.











And here is Beth’s rug within days of being complete:

Beth Watson

Can you believe this design came from the inner ear of a stegosaurus? Creative people like Beth make me very happy to be doing the work I do. Thank you for sharing. Now, get to work and finish that rug so you can enjoy it on the floor! Thanks for sharing, one and all!

Thanks for those pictures.  Keep them coming, friends.  Feel free to comment and share below.

Cheers, Melinda