Robbie LaFleur

Monthly Archives: May, 2017

A Norwegian (Male) Damask Weaver

My friend Annemor Sundbø is a constant source of interesting films.  Recently she posted a TV interview from 1970 with a male damask weaver from Steinsland on Sotra, an island west … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

“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

May 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Goatskins for Grain; and Now, as a Work of Art

While up at the farm in northern Minnesota, I visited the North Dakota Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. What a great … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Get Plastic Out of the Ocean

My friend Annemor sent a link to a newscast about a funny and creative woman in Kristiansand in southern Norway, an environmental activist with heart. On Syttende Mai (Norwegian Independence Day), … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mother’s Day (including a nostalgic textile)

I’m on an extended visit to the family farm in Bygland in northern Minnesota, so I am able to be with my mother for Mother’s Day, a treat. Here we are, … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

May 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

May 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

May 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Billedvev-Abstracted to the Extreme

At our meeting of the Scandinavian Weavers Study Group yesterday, I was honored by a compliment. Sara Okern, a master of serene rag rugs, said that she was inspired by my … Continue reading

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment