Robbie LaFleur

Balancing Act, 2016

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“Balancing Act, 2016″ 42″ x 63”

IMG_3362Although it was not my intention ahead of time, the piece just off my loom has a Swedish feel.  When I moved yarn from my house to the studio at the Casket Arts Building, I ran across four already-prepared warps.  I put one of them, a long, narrow warp of thin seine twine, on my Toika floor loom before Christmas.  I then took out all my balls of prepared fabric strips and set out to play and experiment.  There was a lot of blue. The technique is mostly plain weave, with some Swedish-inspired inlay of short strips in geometric patterns.  After I completed the first strip, I removed it from the loom, tied on again, and made a second piece, taking into account the bands in the first piece and balancing them in the second.

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Things got messy along the way!

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The resulting pieces work well as one hanging, or either could be used as a hanging alone.  Each one is 19″ wide, and could be used as a rug in a narrow area as well.

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4 comments on “Balancing Act, 2016

  1. Erica Olsson Howat
    February 1, 2016

    Robbie, I like your Scandinavian panels. They inspire me to get back to my floor loom to get something going!! Thanks for sharing, you are talented!

    • Robbie LaFleur
      February 4, 2016

      Thank you! The panels were fun and were relatively quick to weave; weaving rag rugs is something I like to do in between techniques that take more time. My current project, a contemporary piece in traditional Swedish art weave techniques, will take much longer. I just completed my testing.

  2. Gunilla Ericsson
    February 1, 2016

    Lovely inspiring hangings! This is just the sort of weaving I hope to do next.

  3. Robbie LaFleur
    February 4, 2016

    I think you will enjoy the challenge of using many types of fabric together. I thought this project would use up most of my balls of different fabric strips, but somehow they seem to multiply.

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