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This is the first purchase you should make when considering making an off-loom rya rug. You will receive more colors than imaginable. I also will send you a selection of backing swatches that I currently have available--three at the moment, and a detailed and informative price list of supplies I have on hand to send to you.

In June 2016, I purchased additional yarns great for weaving and rya. Samples of these yarns are now added to your samples packet here at no additional cost to you.

The new sample cards are the Rauma Prydvevgarn and the "vintage" Frostagarn from Sweden produced in the heyday of off-loom rya rug-making 1960-80. I just purchased about 150 lbs of high quality Frostagarn made by Borgs of Sweden, the same company that produces the Asborya. I am selling the Frosta at $8/skein while it lasts.

The Prydvevgarn is very exciting. It is the same heritage breed sheep fleece as the Rauma Ryegarn, but it is thinner and you get 200 M on the skein. It can be blended with the ryegarn for an amazing texture and color range.

I help people get started on rya projects. Over the past few years, I have bought back my grandparents' family business called Lundgren Rya which had been sold out of the family for over thirty years! I have lots of Lundgren yarn. I am a supplier of Rauma of Norway rya yarn and 26 different sized wool and linen backings. I also am a supplier of Swedish Asborya yarn. And finally I have some Finnish rya backings to share with you. (not to mention an odd assortment of many rya yarns from companies that are no longer in business.)

In addition, my supply of Swedish Asborya is filling out, so I have made (with the help of some very good girlfriends at a chicks-day-in-the-studio) separate yarn sample cards with just the Asborya. It is much clearer this way.

The three-card Lundgren samples now has about 40% blank holes due to having sold out of many colors. But I have plenty of most of the colors displayed, and what is gone from the Lundgren cards has a pretty good substitution from the Norwegian and Swedish sample cards.

Now, when you buy my samples to help you decide what to order for your needlework, you get everything including a variety of backing samples. I include a 4-page letter and price list with descriptions.

$15 is a true bargain for the number of hours it takes to prepare these samples of approx. 264 colors for you. I think you will agree that they are invaluable.

I'm here to help you make the best off-loom rya possible. I am a one-woman operation, so I do see your comments and requests. If you say, "Melinda, help me calculate the right amount of yarn for a rya backing 80 x 120 cm, and I need to cut costs where possible," I can help you with your needs in mind. This is what I do. I would be happy to "sub in" less expensive colors when there is a good color match at a lesser price. I carry no "bad yarn" so trust that any yarn you get is worth considering. Of course if you buy these sample, you can judge for yourself.

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264 Colors! Rya Yarn Sample Cards from Rauma, Asborya, Lundgren, and Vintage Swedish--Also rya backing swatches


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  • Materials: virgin wool, rya rug yarn, Frostagarn, Asborya, lundgren rya, Prydvevgarn, Frosta, rya, Rauma, rya backing samples, rya backing
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