Here is a great first (or second!) project for someone who wants to make their own rya. I have drawn it on the backing for you onto a hemmed small wool and linen woven rya backing about 16" tall and 16" wide. I have included about 20 colors in amounts that should be ample for you to finish this rya and maybe have a little left over for a future project. You can use it as a warm and colorful wall-hanging or however you want to use it.
Pictured is the REDS version which moves from dark purples, reds and teal thorugh more reds and oranges to a heart of yellow. I can also prepare a kit for you in blue-greens, rust-browns, or purples.
Watch this very short video of me making the first Fireflower: https://youtu.be/nBQjCy6GEuk
Kit includes everything you need: 6 Needles Hemmed and bound woven backing with design drawn on unless you request a paper graph instead...just ask. Yarn required plus about 15% extra for wiggle room Instructions Detailed Price list for other backings, yarn, and rya supplies
I have prepared instructions to go with this kit and I will even start the first row for you so you just pick up the needle and continue. You can always refer to the video I made in 2012 (before I got into the business of getting rya going again as a fine craft of Scandinavia.) To see the video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trl3V5Q2kG4
The yarn is all the best names in rya from 3 different countries: Rauma from Norway, Lundgren from USA, and Asborya from Sweden. I broke my own skeins into the long strands that you will need to thread your needles. I have counted out from several strands of a color to about 25 strands of a color and twisted the strands into loose skeins that you can untwist and the colors are all read to do. Complete instructions enclosed of course as well as 6 needles and the threading color card which is like your yarn-paint palate.
Take a look at other rya supply listings I have here on etsy to get an idea of where you might go on your next project.
The backing is the GRAY backing photographed above from Norway. It is not the white which is acrylic and woven in the USA on linen warp and acrylic weft. I have drawn the design on the backing with a permanent marker and have enclosed a color code on paper as well as the combination of colors you can use to match to the color code. (A little like painting with a paint by number kit.) I will start the first row for you so you can follow my lead...just tell me if you are right handed or left handed.
If you prefer the design on graph paper, just ask me. The graph removes all doubt of where the marker was intending to mark on the backing...more of a judgement call if drawn on the backing. Either way, same price.
Since I released the video, it has been seen by over a quarter million viewers. I have committed my life now to bringing back off-loom rya rug making. I have hundreds of designs and will slowly be releasing kits here as I get them ready. Plus I am writing a book all about off-loom rya designing and making. A kit is a good place to start.
Another place to learn more is on my recent blog postings where I document the actual making of this rug! http://byrdcallstudio.com/blog-2/ Or go the byrdcallstudio.com and click on The Byrdcall Blog. Fun photos and more ryas.