Byrdcall

Byrdcall Studio, LLC

Woodbine, Maryland
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Note from shop owner Family Reunion this week. Taking a little break from the Studio. Don't worry--I will be back and refreshed on August 22. Come back then and I'll make helping you my first priority. Sorry for any inconvenience.
~ Melinda of Byrdcall Studio, LLC

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Last updated on Aug 11, 2022

Family Reunion this week. Taking a little break from the Studio. Don't worry--I will be back and refreshed on August 22. Come back then and I'll make helping you my first priority. Sorry for any inconvenience.
~ Melinda of Byrdcall Studio, LLC

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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

    Owner, Artist, Rya Rug Revivalist

    In recent years, I have rededicated my life to bringing back the art of Scandinavian off-loom rya rug-making. I can help you get started with rya yarn, heavy woven backing, needles, kits, classes, and soon--a how-to book! www.ByrdcallStudio.com.

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Last updated on May 18, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a loom or special equipment in order to make a rya rug from Byrdcall Studio?

No, you don't need anything more technical than a good pair of scissors. The kit comes with the design, a card with all of the color combinations prepared for you, instructions in English, needles, and some kits come with a ruler tool for wrapping the rya loop around to make the loops consistent. If you happen to have a loom, you could make your own rya with rya yarns that I sell, but 99% of my customers do not weave.

Do you give a price break for people who have already made several rya rugs?

Yes, if you have plenty of #13 tapestry needles and the ruler stick that is part of all the Rauma kits from Norway, send me a conversation telling me so before you order a kit, and I will list the kit you want with a $10 deduction and not send you more needles nor the ruler.