Byrdcall

Byrdcall Studio--Revival of the Off-Loom Rya Handcraft

Maryland, United States · 901 Sales

Byrdcall

Byrdcall Studio--Revival of the Off-Loom Rya Handcraft

Maryland, United States 901 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(368)

Announcement   Have fun looking and feel free to ask me any questions. I am the sole artist and owner of Byrdcall Studio. As Interest in rya grows, I am increasing my offerings here so there is something for all levels: Basic kits, Backings in various sizes and fiber contents, and all the best available rya yarn I can find from Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the USA. I also have been working in rya professionally and as a hobby for about 50 years. ( I started when I was in 6th grade. My grandparents, the Lundgrens of Lundgren Rya gave me my first supplies and told me to design my own!)

Rya enthusiasts can be happy to have found not only a source for excellent quality rya supplies, but also a wealth of information on rya rug making. In fact this year (2016) I will complete and hopefully publish a book of Designing and Making your Off-Loom Rya! To keep informed, please sign up for my monthly newsletter by going to my website, www.byrdcallstudio.com, and sign up in the right hand margin.

In the meantime, you might enjoy the video I made several years ago. It has been viewed by over 1/4 million people around the world and was the catalyst for me to provide supplies to all who want them--now that the producers have found me! Cut-and-paste this link to go to Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trl3V5Q2kG4&feature=youtu.be

I hope you enjoy looking at the wide variety of work I do. If you are wondering why I have such a wide range of arts in my shop, it is because these are all things I am passionate about. My woodcut prints and linocut prints are a unique specialty. For fun, watch my woodblock carving process at this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2hguBvmZb4

Keep coming back to see new additions.

Cheers and peace,
Melinda

PS I welcome orders from other countries, but I do not post the shipping prices on all items because a variance of an ounce or two can be quite a price difference. Please ask me to quote a price for you for combining orders and shipping to specific countries. Happy to list as custom order.
Note: 6% Sales is added to Maryland orders.

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 27, 2016

Have fun looking and feel free to ask me any questions. I am the sole artist and owner of Byrdcall Studio. As Interest in rya grows, I am increasing my offerings here so there is something for all levels: Basic kits, Backings in various sizes and fiber contents, and all the best available rya yarn I can find from Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the USA. I also have been working in rya professionally and as a hobby for about 50 years. ( I started when I was in 6th grade. My grandparents, the Lundgrens of Lundgren Rya gave me my first supplies and told me to design my own!)

Rya enthusiasts can be happy to have found not only a source for excellent quality rya supplies, but also a wealth of information on rya rug making. In fact this year (2016) I will complete and hopefully publish a book of Designing and Making your Off-Loom Rya! To keep informed, please sign up for my monthly newsletter by going to my website, www.byrdcallstudio.com, and sign up in the right hand margin.

In the meantime, you might enjoy the video I made several years ago. It has been viewed by over 1/4 million people around the world and was the catalyst for me to provide supplies to all who want them--now that the producers have found me! Cut-and-paste this link to go to Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trl3V5Q2kG4&feature=youtu.be

I hope you enjoy looking at the wide variety of work I do. If you are wondering why I have such a wide range of arts in my shop, it is because these are all things I am passionate about. My woodcut prints and linocut prints are a unique specialty. For fun, watch my woodblock carving process at this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2hguBvmZb4

Keep coming back to see new additions.

Cheers and peace,
Melinda

PS I welcome orders from other countries, but I do not post the shipping prices on all items because a variance of an ounce or two can be quite a price difference. Please ask me to quote a price for you for combining orders and shipping to specific countries. Happy to list as custom order.
Note: 6% Sales is added to Maryland orders.

Melinda Byrd

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5 out of 5 stars
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mariegawley

mariegawley on Sep 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for all your help sorting what I need for my first rya rug. Being based in the uk I was not able to purchase the wool or backing, and my parcel of backing and wool arrived from yourself very very quickly (10 days). Amazing service, advice and helpful tips how to make my first rya rug. I will forward pics when I gave finished my rug. Thank you Melissa

yamadasplumbing

yamadasplumbing on Sep 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I have not started on this project yet, I want to get as much colors before I decide what the theme will be. Beautiful backing and very well made, 5 stars for sure. Aloha, Janice

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About

Going Back to My Roots with Scandinavian Rya Rugs

I was born into a rya rug family. My grandparents, Angie and Bill Lundgren were the sole representatives for the Bergå yarn and rya rug company in Sweden for nearly two decades. I worked as designer and “helper extraordinaire” for Lundgren Rya in the late 1970’s – early 80’s. The rya business was sold out of the family in the mid-80’s, yet I continued to make ryas and teach with my small inventory of yarn and backings after moving to Maryland.

In the winter/spring of 2011, I designed and knotted what I thought would be my last rya rug while the local paper, the Carroll County Times documented in photographs and video the entire process for posterity. It is posted on youtube.com and I invite you all to see it. Here is the link: http://youtu.be/trl3V5Q2kG4. Feel free to share this with anybody you think would enjoy it. The video has been seen by over a quarter million people (Jan. 2016).

I have received so many requests for materials and instructions, I have:
>> Started to write a book on Designing and Making Your Off-Loom Rya. It will be released as a book, then as a pdf file as soon as it is completed. (Spring 2016)
>>Found a Norwegian rya supply producer, two Finnish companies, and a Swedish company which supply rya woven backings and yarn. I now am purchasing supplies from them and making them available to you.
>>I “bought back” my grandparents former business, Lundgren Rya, including a huge amount of yarn, backings, 100s of designs, needles, graph paper, etc. This acquisition took place on October 26, 2013!

I have a unique knowledge and skill in designing and calculating needed materials for making rya rugs. I offer my services to help you find materials and develop your technique. I can help you learn to make your own rya rug, or I can match you with a talented knotter who can make it for you.

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  • Melinda Byrd

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    Most of my art is inspired by nature and music. I am self-taught in a wide variety of media. Take a look at my diverse body of work and feel free to ask me to create something for you. See additional works of mine at www.ByrdcallStudio.com.

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