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From Domestic to Decorative: An Upcoming Show Sponsored by Red Wing Arts

Save the Date! Our Scandinavian Weavers Study Group of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota has an upcoming show at the Depot Gallery in the beautiful southern Minnesota town of Red Wing.

Lisa Torvik interprets a traditional bed coverlet pattern into a linen transparency.

“Some of the most beautiful woven art has been produced by people living in harsh and often bleak environments and the Scandinavian peoples are no exception. What is more, the production of Scandinavian textiles was never influenced by a commercial marketplace. [Instead] the work was undertaken by the women in the family often to contribute to their dowries, with all the love and care that such an important purpose implied.”

Flatweaves from Fjord and Forest: Scandinavian Tapestries of the 18th and 19th Centuries

This will be a super exhibit. Keep up to date on the planned activities and demonstrations in conjunction at the website of Red Wing Arts. My entry is the rag rug I wove in Sweden this summer, definitely on the decorative side. Traditional rag rugs were made of fabric scraps, to create thrifty, utilitarian textiles, like the ones in this photo of a man reading a book.

Photo: Levanger Photo Museum. 

My rug is still made of old fabric, including recycled bedsheets, but dyed and embellished in the colors of the summer flowers in bloom at Sätergläntan this summer.

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