VÆVEHUSET for Craft and Design in Denmark is introducing a brand-new education which teaches solely Rug Weaving. This training is unique, in its type, for Denmark and the Nordic Region.
Rug Weaving is a larger field than might be imagined. In the last 7 years, the VÆVEHUSET together with Studio VÆVERNES HUS has reinterpreted and redeveloped approximately 50 traditional weaving techniques into the rug making process. This effort has helped to preserve the almost forgotten knowledge involved in the production of handwoven rugs. As a result, many Danish weavers have now found the courage to weave rugs again. Our efforts have also led to a new mindset, which breaks away from the traditional perception of what Rug Weaving is.
Within hand weaving, Rug Weaving is unique and it is not really possible to transfer your general weaving experience over to rug weaving as this requires specialist skills, that do not come naturally. It is not necessarily more difficult, just different.
In this Rug Weaving education, we will place particular emphasis on the fact that craftsmanship and design should go hand in hand. Therefore, the training will teach an interaction between design development, weaving theory and “Håndelag” (skill training). This training is for beginners (with 1 year experience), experienced and also advanced weavers, who want to discover new inspiration and ways to develop art and craft.
Start and Duration
We will start The educational programme of RUG WEAVING in January 2024, with a maximum of 6 students.
RUG WEAVING takes 2 years and includes a total of 50 days of teaching divided in 10 courses of 5 days (approx. tuition every other month).
Rug Weaving Education at VÆVEHUSET for HANDCRAFTS & DESIGN
- 50 days of training / divided in 10 courses
- 14-days of internship at Studio Vævernes Hus
- Graduation process
Registration and inquiries:
Interested applicants should contact: email@example.com to have an admission form sent.
In the programme, we make the following demands on applicants:
– Mine. 1 year weaving experience
– Possesses a dedicated interest in rug weaving
– Have own loom at home and willingness to train at home between each teaching session.
Teacher and organizer
Gitte Karlshøj, weaver and designer with nearly 50 years of experience in Rug Weaving. She is the maneger of Vævehuset for Weaving Craft and Design.
Gitte established Studio Vævernes Hus in 2018.Together with 27 Danish Rug weavers she works on the project DANISH RUGS (Danske Tæpper) which includes designing and weaving of 100 rugs in 10 years. The ambition is to preserve and develop rug weaving, The craft as well the design.
The first Rug Collection is called “Sense & Gathering” (Sans & Samling) is finalized with 30 rugs in 30 different tehniques, made in 3 years between 2019-2022.
Sens & Gathering will be shown in 2-10 September 2023 at the etate of Kattrup Gods
The education costs DKK 25,000, paid over 4 terms:
1) DKK 10,000 is paid at the start of the education (January 2024)
2) August 2024 DKK 5,000
3) January 2025 DKK 5,000
4) August 2025 DKK 5,000 DKK
The Payment does not include usage of materials (cover course and homework) 500 dkk/ is paid per session.
The payment does not eather cover the final Course (11) regading the exam process. You can add this course if you like, Dkk 2.500 plus materials.
VÆVEHUSET for Craft and Design in Denmark
4450 Jyderup (75 km from Copenhagen)
Course 1 (5 days)
15-19th January 2024
Rug Weaving Techniques (1) deals with basic Rug techniques such as Tabby and Twill weave. There is a particular focus on setting-up the loom, material and weaving theory and skill training in order to learn good weaving practice.
Course 2 (5 days)
11-15th March 2024
Design Development (1) is about achieving a good design practice. With input and various sources of inspiration we continue with the same techniques as included in course 1 (the basic techniques). From there we develop new ideas, formats, color combinations through wrapping, sketching and weaving samples. In all, 5 design processes, one for each course day.
Course 3 (5 days)
13-17th May 2024
Rug Weaving Techniques (2) deals with Rug Weaving in blocks, e.g. Overshot, Crackle Weave, Opphämta, Munkbelt, Summer & Winter etc. We also deal with material and weaving theory and further skill training.
Course 4 (5 days)
12-16th August 2024
Design development (2) is about gaining more design practice. With input and various sources of inspiration we continue with the same techniques as included in course 2 (the block techniques). From there we develop new ideas, formats, color combinations through wrapping, sketching and weaving samples. In all, 5 design processes, one for each course day.
Course 5 (5 days)
21-15th October 2024
Rug Weaving Techniques (3) deals with Weaves with Binding Warp and Main warp – with/without bottom, e.g. Beiderwand/ Taqueté. Also we focus on setting-up looms, material and weaving theory and yet more skill training.
Planing of 14 days Internship during 2025 at studio Vævernes Hus
Course 6 (5 days)
13-17th January 2025
Design development (3) is about achieving even more design practice. With input and various sources of inspiration we continue with the same techniques as included in course 3 (the Binding thread techniques). From there we develop new ideas, formats, color combinations through wrapping, sketching and weaving samples. In all, 5 design processes, one for each course day.
Course 7 (5 days)
10-14th March 2025
Picked up techniques are about the ways you can pick up different techniques and patterns. This is used, for example, if you do not have enough shafts or if you do not have a damask loom or a shaft changer. Or simply because the different picks are fun to weave.
Course 8 (5 days)
12-16th May 2025
Shaft-switching about mounting and setting up the loom. The shaft -switcher was originally invented by the English weaver Peter Collingwood and we have used parts of his invention to develop our own Shaft Switch. In the course you learn to calculate (beregne) and weave your patterns in e.g. weft faced rug techniques in plain and Twill weave.
Course 9 (5 days)
18-22th August 2025
Rugs with pile are all about weaving Ryijy, Flos, Nopp and Corduroy. Based on different bottom, we weave the piles with the techniques as e.g. Korndrejl, Canvas, Plain, Twill, Kuvikas etc.
Course 10 (5 days)
20-24th October 2025
Collingwood techniques are mainly based on tehniques with Crossed Weft and Clasp. The course includes more design development and skill training.
After the 10 courses, you can choose to join an exam group which includes a graduate course with Design Development. Here you do your own design for a rug weaving project.
After the course, a 4-month working period (homework) is set aside to complete your rug project. After this, an exhibition will be set up and an assessment of the result will be held by an external assessor. (This course is not included in the above price).