Robbie LaFleur

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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Rosepath or Footballs? Pick a Side.

I wrote this article about last month’s Rag Rug Interest Group meeting for the Weavers Guild of Minnesota newsletter, The Draft, and for the website. http://www.weaversguildmn.org. I feel the need … 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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And Now for the Weights

After more than a year, I put up my beautiful warp-weighted loom. Now for the weights.  A gathering of Weavers Guild board members at my house last night served as … Continue reading

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Relishing Rutevev – From Afar

After viewing photos from a fabulous exhibit of Nordhordaland-type rutevev coverlets on a Facebook post, I asked the photographer if I could share them with out Scandinavian Weavers Study Group.  … Continue reading

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Redeemed!

I was feeling completely hopeless as a seamstress after my attempt to make Margaret’s wedding dress.  The test dress (thank goodness I didn’t start right in on the $60/yard Chantilly … Continue reading

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Channeling Color

This afternoon I was editing the upcoming American Tapestry Alliance newsletter, barely squeezing the laptop onto a desk of Swedish yarn. I’m completing a test piece in anticipation of a … Continue reading

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Featherweight Fleece Slippers

I attended the Federation 2016 retreat this weekend, as the keynote speaker (From Virgins to Spaceships: A Visual Voyage through Norwegian Tapestry), an instructor (Scandinavian Fringe Embellishments), and a student.  … 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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Scandinavian Fringe Embellishments

Federation 2016, a weaving retreat in Alexandria, Minnesota, is coming up this weekend.  I am giving the keynote talk on Friday evening, “From Virgins to Spaceships: A Visual Voyage Through … 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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A Big Ball of Yarn – You’ll Like It!

My antique dealer sister from Ohio came to visit my studio this week; she always brings interesting estate-sale finds.  This time it was a candelabra made from an old rag … Continue reading

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