Use of the vararfell, a warm shaggy-piled woven cloak, dates back to the medieval times, as does the warp-weighted loom. To make a vararfell, locks of the coarser outer wool of the Icelandic sheep are knotted into the warp as the fabric is woven into a twill design.
In this class students will learn how to weave, on a warp weighted loom, a small piece of a vararfell, to make a warm shaggy-piled seat-cushion.The original vararfell was in twill, but we will use tabby. Icelandic fleece will be available for $25 per fleece.
Marta Kløve Juuhl grew up in Voss, Norway, and now lives in Indre Arna, near Bergen. She attended Statens Lærskole i Forming in Oslo and has taught weaving for over 20 years. Since 2007 she has been working at Osterøy Museum with textiles and looms. She has been active in the registration and reproduction of old textiles, particularly in Voss and Arna. Marta is one of very few Norwegian weavers who teaches weaving on a warp-weighted loom. She taught at Vesterheim in 2005, 2007, and 2013.