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Melinda Byrd
Melinda Byrd was born into a rya rug family. Her grandparents, Angie and Bill Lundgren, imported Scandinavian rya yarn, backings, and kits at the beginning of the 'mid-century modern' era when Scandinavian design was the rage in the USA.

After learning this centuries-old craft from her grandparents, she continued to develop her skills in designing ryas and has taught off-loom rya classes since 1981.

Through the years, Melinda worked in parks and environmental education centers as a Naturalist, so nature-inspired abstract images are abundant among her designs.

The worldwide resurgence of interest in the off-loom rya craft is reflected in the nearly half million viewers who have watched the YouTube video of her rya work.
Her homebased Byrdcall Studio provides rya supplies.

For more about Melinda, go to byrdcallstudio.com.

STITCHES United 2018 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7115 Easy Off-loom Rya Rug Making Revival In the days of the Vikings, if you had a sturdy loom, you would weave a rya rug. Now you can revive this forgotten art by learning the technique of off-loom rya rug making. Choose or adapt traditional motifs or create your own design, and then begin knotting your own rya. We will meet for two 3-hour sessions giving time between sessions to process design ideas and prepare for hands-on rya work.

• The fascinating history of rya in the Nordic countries
• About the supplies used today: rya yarns, backing, needles, graph paper
• The knotting technique (which can be mastered in minutes)
• Variations to the knotting process you can try
• The magic of color blending
• Designing techniques (both graphing and drawing on the backing)
• How to calculate yarn requirements for each color in a math-lover's way as well as techniques for the mathematically-challenged.
You will not complete your rya during class. However, you will be a master of the technique.
This class is especially suited to anyone who likes to play with color blending, has interest in Nordic fiberarts, or wants to work with a larger needle. Bring a favorite photo or magazine clipping for color and design inspiration. Learn how to turn your passion for other fiberart forms into creative rya designs. This is a class of variety, fun, and discovery.
Materials fee: $30 Designer's package: Backing and yarn, needles, and special graph paper.