Putting together designs for the Valley Grove tapestries is an enormous puzzle. I want to use every opportunity to reference something from the history of
The Three Wise Men bringing gifts to the infant Jesus were popular figures in Norwegian tapestries of the late 1500s-1700s. Many of these Adoration tapestries
A graveyard flanks the Valley Grove churches, filled with interesting memorials–some very old, some quite recent. My tapestries will hang in the stone church next
Today I highlighted many of my favorite works from Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in a “Collections Connection” talk on Zoom. It will be produced as a
I am giving a short lecture on Zoom tomorrow (June 8, 2021, 12 noon) for Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Collections Connection: Billedvev (Tapestry Weaving). You can
Help find a missing Frida Hansen tapestry, “The Little Mermaid” from 1925.
I wrote recently about the challenge I hadn’t fully appreciated in planning this project: weaving four tapestries is not the hard part; designing four separate
The “What was I thinking?” phase This project started with excellent planning, a well-written proposal, and the excitement of acceptance. Now I’m trying to pull
I have smart friends who haunt online auction sites and snap up rare Scandinavian weaving books and beautiful weavings. I’ve often been envious of their
I mentioned in my last post about the exhibition that I was so filled with awe as I started that I forgot to take a
With so little travel these days, it’s a good deal when a wonderful exhibit shows up close to home, like the Small Tapestry International 7:
Last summer and fall I worked with a marvelous team at the Valley Grove Preservation Society in Nerstrand, Minnesota, near Northfield. They were interested in
The catalog from the Baldishol Exhibit at Norway House is a beautiful reality!
Yesterday I gave a zoom presentation on the life and work of Frida Hansen for the St. Louis Weavers Guild. It was fun, I think
I’m so happy that the bonfire tapestry is complete, the first I wove on my upright Glimakra Regina loom. During the last part of weaving
Watch. In the past few years I have given a lecture on historical Norwegian billedvev (tapestry, or literally “picture weaving”) several times in person, and
Smart readers! Who can help with this mystery tapestry? Recently I was asked: I have a tapestry that is about 135cm x 105 cm which
I was so happy to publish the new issue of the Norwegian Textile Letter last night, a special issue on Vestfoldsmett, a brocading or inlay
If you haven’t been watching the weekly “Textiles & Tea” interviews done by Kathi Grupp with the Handweavers Guild of America, there is already a
People know my interests and send me stuff. This morning, two friends sent a link to this article: A Mystery Inscription on ‘The Scream’ That
I have a Norwegian Hagen tapestry loom and I often get questions about it. A couple of interesting things popped up in the past month.
I know I am not the only weaver who tapes photos to the loom, but I was thinking about it today as I had a
The upcoming issue of the Norwegian Textile Letter will focus on Norwegian Vestfoldtepper. This post is about the pieces I have woven in the technique.
Norwegian Tapestry Lecture I will be presenting a zoom lecture on Norwegian billedvev, “From Virgins to Spaceships: A Visual Voyage Through Norwegian Tapestry,” through Livsreise,
Many of you already know about the work of my good friend Annemor Sundbø, from Setesdal in Norway. Next week you can tune in to “Lunch
Does anyone know about the weaver David Z. Tripp from NYC, mid-20th century?
I wrote about starting my fire tapestry on January 7. I need to pick up the pace. Inspired by Helena Hernmarck’s superb documentation of her
Because of my writing and weaving, people ask me questions. Sometimes I have an opinion or information, but many times I am helpful only because
Helena Hernmarck is an inspiration and mentor to me in many ways. In 2012 I took a wonderful workshop from her at the American Swedish
Of course “Mask Up” could only be a 2020 rug. What would we even have thought of that phrase on a rug in 2019?
When I piled up my stash of green yarn for the background of my upcoming fire tapestry, I didn’t have enough. I usually use Norwegian
I bought a large Glimakra tapestry loom in August. With the closing of my Casket Arts Building studio space, writing projects, a new granddaughter, and
When the Stavanger Art Museum held a retrospective exhibit of the work of Frida Hansen in 2015, they published a beautiful book of essays and
Barbara Burns has been thinking about Frida Hansen. Admiring many of her works, Barbara mused on a Facebook post in the Pulled Warp and Shaped
I’m a great fan of loops and fringe and Scandinavian kavelfrans–the fuzzy, worm-like festive wooly edges used on gloves, mittens, and pillows. I experimented with
I am facing an empty loom situation that is making me frantic. Every other family/writing/publishing deadline has taken precedence and even my husband said one
The Weavers Guild of Minnesota is pleased to sponsor Tapestry Tales, a two-part Zoom lecture series, as part of their ongoing fundraising efforts this winter.
Lila Nelson: A Deeper Dive.
Virtual Presentation by Robbie LaFleur.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 7-8:30 pm CST
Over the years, people would write to me about flesberg technique. Perhaps they saw a piece I made, or connected it to the 2006 issue
A new mystery! Does anyone recognize this piece or the weaver? I recently received this inquiry: Recently I purchased a tapestry from the personal collection
After I sent off my post about a mystery tapestry yesterday, my husband and I set off for a hike on the oak savannah prairie
It’s flattering to receive inquiries about tapestries because of my long interest in Norwegian billedvev, and more recently, because of my infatuation with and study
The holidays abbreviated. Horrible Minnesota coronavirus statistics. More lockdowns. Oh, and carjackings are up 316% since last year in Minneapolis. Many things seem grim and
While I haven’t woven much of late, things are happening! I’ve moved everything from my studio, we have a new president (!), and I have
Almost five years to the day, I closed the door to my studio in the Casket Arts Building. I’m moving my weaving home. Though I
The last piece I wove on my Toika, before selling it in advance of moving my studio home, was a rag rug in pretty colors
I woke up early last weekend to take a workshop with Sue Lawty, a brilliant artist from England, sponsored by Selvedge Magazine. The afternoon British
I always warp my small copper pipe loom for a tapestry when I travel. We were in Maine in September, at a family home of
Last week I presented a webinar for Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum, “From Kindness to Cutting Satire: Lila Nelson’s Tapestries Embraced the World and Its Politics.”
I thoroughly enjoyed presenting a webinar this week for Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, “From Kindness to Cutting Satire: Lila Nelson’s Tapestries Embraced the World and Its