Robbie LaFleur

A Star Becomes a Spaceship

It’s less than a month until I teach the billedvev workshop at Vesterheim, and my stack of samples is growing. Last week I started a narrow piece, beginning with a … Continue reading

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Scandinavian Fringe Embellishments at the North House Folk School

Winters have been fairly wimpy here in Minneapolis lately, without stretches of sparkling snow, so I am looking forward to traveling north in February to North House Folk School, where … Continue reading

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From Mystery Ball to a Home for the Wild Thing

Last year my sister Terry was excited to give me a big ball of yarn, “already-woven yarn;” she was sure I would like it. It was a dense, heavy ball … Continue reading

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Co-Curators Pop-Up Show: Robbie LaFleur

Note:  This was posted on the blog of the Scandinavian Weavers Study Group, as part of a series of posts about the current exhibit at Norway House, “Traditional Norwegian Textiles: … Continue reading

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Bemidji

Going to my cousin Gretchen Carew’s cabin in Bemidji is like traveling to a museum of my life and childhood.  I’ve seen the same fish above the flagstone fireplace since … Continue reading

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The Enduring Appeal of Billedvev Virgins

I picked up a catalog from a 1988 tapestry show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Essential Thread: Tapestry on Wall and Body, on the second-hand book cart at … Continue reading

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More Historical Krokbragd Inspiration

The Osterøy museum sold a fabulous krokbragd book, Åklebragder fra Jondal og kring Folgefonna by Kristi Skintveit.  It’s a fabulous combination of textile history, weaving drafts, and inspiring photos.  Here … Continue reading

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A Monster Weaving and Warp-Weighted Looms at the Osterøy Museum

The morning visit of our textile tour group to the Osterøy Museum was filled with warp-weighted loom inspiration, just as I expected. I saw the seat-belt-strap “Monster Weaving” in person, … Continue reading

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In Norway, You Don’t Look for Krokbragd Weavings; They Find You

Of the many interesting stops on the Vesterheim 2017 Textile Tour, none had a particular focus on krokbragd, a popular type of Norwegian weave structure.  Yet… they keep showing up. … Continue reading

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Stroll Through Kristiansand Museum with Me

Our Textile Tour group visited the Kristiansand Museum and enjoyed a wonderful presentation and tour of old buildings with Tonje Tjøtte. She apologized immediately for her bunad (folk costume). “Today I … Continue reading

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A Spelsau Sheep Day: Photo Essay

On a beautiful Sunday morning in Kristiansand, our Textile Tour group took the ferry to Bragdøy, a five-minute ride away.  This trip was the polar opposite of our ferry ride … Continue reading

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Hørvævmuseet, for Linen Lovers

I wish that so many of my linen-loving weaving friends could have been with me at Hørvævmuseet, a linen weaving museum in the heart of Denmark.  The museum is staffed by … Continue reading

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Getting Fancy, 1800s Danish Farmhouse Style

Jytte Harboesgaard gave a wonderful tour at Greve Museum today.  She focused on white-on-white embroidered linens, and showed how they were displayed in an 1800s prosperous Danish farmhouse.  They were … Continue reading

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Hedebo Embroidery at the Greve Museum, Denmark

There are no days-long courses as part of the Vesterheim Textile Tour this year, only a couple of mini-courses.  The first was at Greve Museum, south of Copenhagen, in beautiful … Continue reading

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Pancakes at Copenhagen City Hall

On June 14, I had the great honor of attending an opening reception for an exhibit at the Copenhagen City Hall, “København 850 år,” the guest of Ulrikka Mokdad, a … Continue reading

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Traditional Norwegian Weaving: American Reboot

There’s going to be a great exhibit this year at Norway House.  The idea began with Claire Selkurt, who is on the exhibitions committee for Norway House, and it developed … Continue reading

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“Polar Bear, Polar Bear, Does Anyone Care?”

The title of this small tapestry (9.5″ x 15.5″) is “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, Does Anyone Care?”  Surely not our current president, a climate change denier who proposes a 31% … Continue reading

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Varafeldur, Part 4: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Melba wrote to me today and asked how my weaving was going; had I run out of handspun yarn yet?  She has much more beautiful yarn ready. Unfortunately, I am … Continue reading

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Varafeldur, Part 3

Once the warp threads are hanging from the top of the loom, and the weights are attached at the bottom, the next step is to make a chain across the … Continue reading

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Varafeldur, Part 2

The warp is now hanging from my loom, and the weights are attached, after a fun day of diving in to the project with Melba Granlund and Connie LaTendresse. As … Continue reading

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Finally, A Varafeldur, 2017

A weaving adventure begins this week, thanks to my friend Melba Grandlund, who thought it would be a great idea to demonstrate weaving on a warp weighted loom at the … Continue reading

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A Busy Loom at the Weavers Guild

Our Scandinavian Weavers Study Group is in the midst of a group project at the Weavers Guild.  We put a fine linen warp for dukagång on a Glimåkra loom.  Everyone … Continue reading

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April First Thursday at the Casket Arts Building

This Thursday is the monthly “First Thursday” open house at the Casket Arts Building.  I’m in Studio 316.  This would be a good month to stop by – there will … Continue reading

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Ikat Dyeing Workshop, Day Two

On day two of Mary Zicafoose’s workshop, the students headed to their looms to weave in the dyed weft. It was tricky!  Would our wefts correctly match the width of … Continue reading

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Ikat Dyeing with Mary Zicafoose, Day One

In a weekend workshop with Mary Zicafoose, nine lucky weavers tried their hands creating small pieces with her signature weft-faced ikat form of tapestry. Here’s my step-by-step during this amazing opportunity. To … 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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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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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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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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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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Make a Coat from a Blanket at North House Folk School

Here’s another option for you if you come to the Northern Fibers Retreat at North House Folk School next February: you can make a coat from a blanket with Carol … Continue reading

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Kirsti Ilvessalo: An Inspring Artist in Rya

Some random rya for a summer day… A while back, while searching for the work of another textile artist, I ran across an interesting Danish auction site, Bruun Rasmussen. The Carpets … Continue reading

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