Robbie LaFleur

Wheat Harvester Tapestry: Off the Loom

My tapestry of  wheat harvest in August, woven in Helena Hernmarck’s technique, is finally finished, before the end of our record-breaking winter.  When the car and street look like this…

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it’s nice to remember days like these.

harvester-doneThis is not a good photo.  After I hung it, I realized that the cabinet next to it cast a shadow at this time of day. Here it is in a just-off-the-loom shot, where you can get a sense of the dimensions (28″ x 36″).

IMG_6686It was a tremendous learning experience.  Oh, there are so many things that will be better on future pieces! There were places where texture added depth and dimension to the expanses of the wheat field and the sky, but not quite as much as I had hoped.

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My favorite part to weave was the truck, but I rejoiced when I finished it and had only sky to weave.

IMG_1524Thanks to Helena Hernmarck for her incredible instruction and inspiration.  I look forward to exploring the language of her technique in many pieces to come.

3 comments on “Wheat Harvester Tapestry: Off the Loom

  1. Veronna Capone
    March 5, 2014

    Wonderful work Robbie, thanks for sharing it with us. I’m looking forward to ‘seeing’ it with my fingers at ScanWeavers. Veronna

    From: Bound to Weave Reply-To: Bound to Weave Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 2:45 PM To: Veronna Capone Subject: [New post] Wheat Harvester Tapestry: Off the Loom

    WordPress.com Robbie LaFleur posted: “My tapestry of wheat harvest in August, woven in Helena Hernmarck’s technique, is finally finished, before the end of our record-breaking winter. When the car and street look like this… it’s nice to remember days like these. This is not a go”

  2. Birthe P
    March 6, 2014

    What a beautiful tapestry. I would like to take a class in the Hernmarck technique sometime. Looks very difficult and timeconsuming, but also extremely rich and detailed.

    • Robbie LaFleur
      March 6, 2014

      Hello Birthe, The technique is difficult, yet not. You can learn the basics quickly, especially if you have been weaving for a while. But it’s like learning a language you are told is easy. I could probably learn many Italian words and sentences pretty quickly, but it would take a very long time to write a poem in Italian. In the same way, it will take me a while before I “write a poem” in the Hernmarck technique. By the way, the beautiful colors in your wonderful creations, which I saw on your blog this morning, are the perfect antidote to our awful, cold, filled-with-snowdrifts winter in Minnesota. Tusen takk.

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