Frida Hansen Fall Workshop

The new season of folk art workshops at Vesterheim Folk School was posted yesterday (so many fun classes), including my class on Frida Hansen’s Open Warp Transparency Technique from September 14-17, 2023.


Schedule: Thursday, September 14 – Sunday, September 17, 2023 (9:00 am-Noon, 1:00-5:00 pm)

Instructor: Robbie LaFleur

Location: This is an in-person class held at Vesterheim Folk Art School. 

Welcome to the world of Frida Hansen and her wool open-warp transparencies. In our workshop, you will about the technique through slide-filled lectures and hands-on practice. You will gain inspiration through viewing many of Frida Hansen’s pieces and those of her followers, and discuss how to design cartoons for the best outcome using her technique. By looking at many samples and the instructor’s larger pieces, you will see how various materials affect the look of the surface.

Each student will complete a sample or small piece during the workshop. You can use a design provided by the instructor, or design your own. 

Level of Instruction:

Students should have basic tapestry weaving skills. 


  • Students should bring a portable tapestry loom. 
  • Yarn for the warp and weft can be purchased at Blue Heron Knittery, or provided from your stash. (A list of suggested yarns will be provided this summer.) The instructor will also have a variety of warp and weft yarns available to purchase for an estimated cost of $15
  • Illustrated “Instruction and Inspiration” booklet to be purchased directly from instructor, $15
  • An optional packet of photographs showing details will be available for purchase directly from instructor, $20

Enrollment Deadline: 

 August 31, 2023

Learn more about instructor Robbie LaFleur here.

Enrollment here.

There are three spaces left. Decorah is a beautiful place to spend time in September, or any month.

In preparation for the class, I am working on several small samples on my very portable pipe loom; I’m experimenting with various warp and weft yarns. For the last one, to see how Harrisville Highland and Shetland yarns work as weft, and Hillesvåg vevgarn works as warp, I wove a flower drawn by my eight-year-old granddaughter Charlotte. It was instructional.

This is the first time I am teaching this workshop. I look forward to weaving and studying and sharing with nine students in September!

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