Robbie LaFleur

Category Archives: Rya

You’ll Know Where My Studio Is Now

A while back I experimented with using fabric strips for rya, on a chicken wire backing. It resulted in a fun group project done at the American Swedish Institute and … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Improvising with the Colors of Winter

Leftover warp on the loom is an opportunity for play and exploration; this week the theme was texture.  I began to work with shades of white, and then switched to … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Rya and Tapestry

I posted information about marvelous weavings on the Scandinavian Weavers Study Group blog today.  Our group had a wonderful meeting in October, when we visited the home of one of … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chicken Wire Ryas

You know how sometimes an off-hand idea turns into a time-sucking project?  I had no idea I would spend so much time tying knots over chicken wire in the past … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · 3 Comments

An Eight-Pointed Star in Rya

Finally, the loom is clear and I am ready to dismantle it and take it to the studio in the Casket Arts Building.  This banded rya piece was just the … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · 5 Comments

Another Munch-Inspired Rya

My Skrik rya is part of an exhibit in the Community Gallery of the American Swedish Institute this summer.  The ryas of a number of local weavers complement the fabulous … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

It’s Not a Comment About Work, Most Days

So says Margaret LaFleur. My Munch-inspired rya is at home for the time being in my daughter’s office in Nolte Hall at the University of Minnesota. Within minutes of its … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Edvard Munch Kommentarer Paa Oppvask

For now, this will be the last piece in my Scream interpretation series.  To add to embroidery, tapestry, rya, and sheepskin printing, I added fabric printing.  I carved a linoleum … Continue reading

December 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Before and After; A Rya Makeover

Only people who have struggled with after-the-fact inadequacies in their weaving will care about this post and my struggle to fix this piece, “Icelandic Crosses.” I thought I had finished … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Few Ryas in Finland; I Found Them in Budapest

During the Vesterheim Textile Tour to Norway and Finland in June, I was disappointed by the few ryas I saw in Finland.  Even though this tour was not focused on … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment