Robbie LaFleur

Some Krokbragd Inspiration

update!  Alert Swedish blog reader Laila pointed out that she is not familiar with krokbragd, but figured out quickly via Google that it is the same as burden rosengång.  Of course … Continue reading

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A New Weaving, and Red Bits for the Birds

I finished the second danskbrogd piece on my loom; the first was monochromatic, and I felt the need to move to COLOR.  “Purple is good,” my painter studio neighbor suggested.  … Continue reading

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Tapestry Food Quiz

A few weeks ago I spent a magical day looking at many tapestries from the storeroom of the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum. I’m planning which ones I will use in … Continue reading

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My Weaving BFF from the 1800s

While weaving this monochromatic danskbrogd hanging, I thought about privilege and luck – my own, specifically.  My inspiration piece is a coverlet made in Norway in the 1800s; I loved … Continue reading

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You’ll Know Where My Studio Is Now

A while back I experimented with using fabric strips for rya, on a chicken wire backing. It resulted in a fun group project done at the American Swedish Institute and … Continue reading

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Woven Red Stars Abound

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Have You Heard of a Galloon?

What could be more fun than looking at tapestries with a textile conservator? I visited Beth McLaughlin in her conservation lab at the Midwest Art Conservation Center recently, ostensibly to … Continue reading

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Happy Valentines Day

In answer to Rebecca Mezoff’s thoughts about weaving a heart instead of fretting about the current world of politics, I flipped over my pipe loom, on which I had just … Continue reading

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Billedvev Class Prep

I am teaching a three-day workshop on Norwegian billedvev (tapestry, or literally, “picture weaving”) at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum on September 14-17. Details here. One piece of my year-long preparation … Continue reading

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A Bright Danskbrogd Hanging with a Sad Intention

In memorial to Jacob Wetterling. When I took my recent danskbrogd piece off the loom, I was was not completely happy, from a design vantage point. I finished it and … Continue reading

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Danskbrogd Instruction

A weaving friend, responding to a Facebook photo of my current piece on the loom, asked where she could learn how to weave danskbrogd.  Happily, there are resources in two … Continue reading

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Brita Been Tapestries Exhibited in Skien, Norway

A love/hate quandary: I love the fact I know about exhibits of wonderful Norwegian textile artists, hate the fact I can’t just GO TO THEM. Brita Breen is a Norwegian … Continue reading

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Small Tapestry, A Big Crowd

I’ve been spending time making samples for my upcoming workshop on Norwegian tapestry (billedvev), testing different setts and yarns to plan for the best combination for the class project.  Last week, … Continue reading

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Chelsea Gallery Walk, January 2017

As I visited galleries in Chelsea for a long afternoon, I stood ready to be amazed, bored (really, this commands scads of money?), or inspired. Looking back, the artists and their work sift … Continue reading

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How Long Did That Take to Weave?

I often get the question, “How long did it take you to weave one of these?”  It doesn’t help that the studio visitors are looking over a whole wall of … Continue reading

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X Marks the Spot

Perhaps this pillow marks the comfortable spot on the couch that beckons on a gray day. This year I developed a class on Scandinavian fringe techniques; I particularly love the … Continue reading

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My Blanket in Pakistan

Last year I submitted a blanket as part of an installation to be mounted at the American Embassy in Pakistan by the talented artist Marie Watt. Today I received a note … Continue reading

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Humble Rag Rugs, Dense with Story

An exhibit of “Historical Scandinavian Textiles,” a loose title, is now up in the gallery spaces at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota.  The show is of woven pieces owned by … Continue reading

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Warp-Weighted Loom Weights

I mentioned previously that I obtained a whole bag of trampoline weights that my neighbor was discarding.  They weighed nine ounces, so I used cement to make them close to 500 … Continue reading

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No Protection

A new weaving.  Guns, targets, and Xs I wish could symbolize a decrease in guns available, a decrease in the gun culture.  The world feels more precarious now, with an election … Continue reading

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Kavelfrans

I’ve seen photos of beautiful gloves  with kavelfrans sewn in an X pattern, so I thought I would try something similar; in this case, the piece will likely be on … Continue reading

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Walking by Doors in London

When it comes to intimidating doors on expensive shops, I am daunted by fashion, but not by art — and certainly won’t turn away from a gallery with tapestries. When … Continue reading

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Anna Freud’s Weaving

I attended a conference at the Freud Museum in London, “Freud Today/Freud Tomorrow,” at the Anna Freud Center, a few doors down from the lovely Freud Museum.  The museum is … Continue reading

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The Swedish Hanging Moves to Rochester

Last year I wove a two-section long hanging; it looked Swedish to me. I gave it to my daughter-in-law and son-in-law Maggie and Matt for Christmas, because they had a … Continue reading

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