Walls Walk Artists

Walls Walk Artists
Disparate Art
21 July – 2 August
Oxmarket Centre of the Arts

We are three friends and neighbours who live overlooking the historic wall in Chichester:

Walls Walk Artists Exhibition
Walls Walk Artists Exhibition

Peter Stoakley – colour blind amateur photographer who “takes a good photo”

Carnavale Character
Carnavale Character

Robert Lane – creates fine impressions around Chichester

Airstream Dream
Airstream Dream

Päivi Suomi – expert weaver and felter who uses ancestral Finnish and Saami techniques in a modern context

History of the Rya Rug

Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug
Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug

In Scandinavian countries, Rya rugs (ryijy matto) have been found dating back to the early 1400’s. They were used as blankets or sled coverings, the knotted side being closest to the body providing warmth. The Ryas at this time were mainly of natural wool colours, natural white, grey, black.

The Rya developed further with the use of colour and pattern. Decorative ryas date back to the 1700’s. In Finland, as a wedding approached, a weaver would be commissioned to weave a Rya for the young couple. The Rya was used as a prayer rug during the wedding ceremony. The bridal couple would kneel on the Rya as they exchanged their wedding vows. The colourful tapestry was then displayed in their home as a reminder of their wedding day. If one of the spouses passed away, the Rya would then be spread on the bed during the day and the Rya became known as a widow’s blanket. The Rya rug became a family heirloom to be passed on to future generations. In Finland, the commissioned weaving of a wedding Rya is still a tradition today.

In the 70’s the Rya rug again became fashionable, with designers such as Eames using bright and bold colours and pop art designs. The pile was long and shaggy. The shag rugs were used as decorative floor coverings.

An exhibition of some of my latest loom woven Rya Rugs

Rya Rug Exhibit
Rya Rug Exhibit

Solar Sky Rya Rug
Approx size: 45 cm x 70 cm

Solar Sky Rya Rug
Solar Sky Rya Rug

Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug
Approx size: 50 cm x 50 xm

Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug
Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug

Vortex in Blue Rya Rug
Approx size: 45 cm x 50 cm

Vortex in Blue Rya Rug
Vortex in Blue Rya Rug

Prime 17 Rya Rug
Approx size: 40 cm x 70 cm

Prime 17 Rya Rug
Prime 17 Rya Rug

Undulations Rya Rug
Approx size: 40 cm x 70 cm

Undulations Rya Rug
Undulations Rya Rug

Aurora in Hemp Rya Rug
100% Hemp Yarns
Approx. size: 70 cm x 220 cm

Aurora In Hemp Rya Rug
Aurora In Hemp Rya Rug

Bespoke Rya Rugs

These Scandinavian style rya rugs are handwoven using fine quality, pure wool yarns. All of the rya yarns that I use are hand dyed at the time of the order. Hand dyed yarns have slight variations in colour giving the rug an additional depth of shading.
The rya knot yarns are fairly short, and closely sett, resulting in a soft pile that stands about 1.5 – 2.0 cm in height. The finished rugs are plush and very soft to the touch.

Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug
Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug

I am not currently weaving rya rugs as I am working on other commissions. I will resume making rya rugs again in October/November. Pleae enquire for more information and pricing.

PLEASE NOTE:
These “Rya Rugs” are designed to be hung on a wall as a piece of art. Using a Rya as floor or area rug is not recommended.

Sadly, over the years I have received many emails from rya rug owners, asking how to repair the hole in their rug that was created by a table or chair leg. A repair is possible sometimes, but this should not have happened. Ryas are traditionally used as a bed covering or a wall hanging. A Rya should be treated as a treasured piece of art, hung on the wall, not on the floor and can last for a lifetime when cared for properly.

More about Rya Rugs:

Rya Rug Backing

Rothko Rya Rug Kits

History of the Rya Rug
#ryarug #rya #rya #rothko

Rya Instructions

The Finnish Rya is made of knotted wool(with about a 1 – 1.5 inch pile), tied to a handwoven fabric backing. The special rya backing is woven using linen warp and wool weft. The backing is woven with spacing to allow the rya knots to be tied or sewn in.

Rya Rug Backing
Rya Rug Backing

Some shifting of the weft threads may occur during shipping and handling. The spacing can be gently pushed back into place before starting a row of knots.

The Rya knot is formed around 2 warp threads. The warp threads are the linen yarn threads that run vertically in the fabric.

Rya Knot
Rya Knot

To make the Rya knots, use 2 or 3 strands of yarn.
Length about 1.5 – 2 yards.
Thread them onto a needle provided with the kit
2 strands creates a rya that will lay fairly flat
3 strands creates a rya that has quite a dense pile
Sufficient yarn is provided for either style of rya.

You may work the knots from either the right or the left of the fabric.
I find it best to start from the bottom of the design and work your way up to the top.
Centre the design on the fabric.

To Sew the Knots

Rya Knot Step 1
Rya Knot Step 1

Start from the inside of the group of 2 warp threads
(Working from left to right:
Pull the yarn through and up to the left.
Hold back about an inch of yarn( the length of the wooden ruler provided)
This forms the first part of the knot.

Rya Knot Step 2
Rya Knot Step 2

Thread the needle through the next warp thread
from the outside to the inside of this group of 2 warp threads.

Rya Knot Step 3
Rya Knot Step 3

Tighten up the loop that has formed around the 2 warp threads.

Rya Knot Step 4
Rya Knot Step 4

Wrap the thread around the ruler.
This forms the Rya loop.

Repeat the above procedure for the required number of knots in the design, leaving the knots on the ruler as you work your way across the fabric.
When the ruler fills up, or you are starting a new colour, the ruler can be moved and the process repeated.

When you have a full row of knots, give them a gentle tug to tighten them securely to the backing, before starting the following row.

After you have tied a row of loops, the knots can be cut to form the pile.

Using the ruler as a guide, trim the knots carefully.
Once the Rya project is finished, allow the yarns to settle for a few days, then trim again to get an even pile.

PLEASE NOTE:
These “Rya Rugs” are designed to be hung on a wall as a piece of art. Using a Rya as floor or area rug is not recommended.

Sadly, over the years I have received many emails from rya rug owners, asking how to repair the hole in their rug that was created by a table or chair leg. A repair is possible sometimes, but this should not have happened. Ryas are traditionally used as a bed covering or a wall hanging. A Rya should be treated as a treasured piece of art, hung on the wall, not on the floor and can last for a lifetime when cared for properly.

More About Rya Rugs
History of the Rya Rug
Bespoke Rya Rugs
Rya Rug Backing Fabric

#ryarug #ryakit