Robbie LaFleur

Category Archives: Scandinavian Weaving

Happy Holidays: Remembering the Special Era of the Warp Weighted Loom

This isn’t the first time that weaving equipment has been used as an alternative Christmas tree at our house. This year the warp-weighted loom is decked with ornaments and lights. I’ve … Continue reading

December 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Finally, the Varafeldur is off the Warp-Weighted Loom

My varafeldur adventure took seven months, with a long summer hiatus for other projects and travel.  It began with a plan to demonstrate warp-weighted loom weaving with Melba Granlund at … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Danskbrogd Series

Five pieces are completed in my exploration of the Xs of danskbrogd. The inspiration piece was a coverlet from the mid 1850s, from southern Norway near Kristiansand.  (Read more about … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Danskbrogd with Missiles

“How long did that take to make?”  For this one, the fifth in the danskbrogd series, how about five months? It didn’t take five months of weaving, yet it lived … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Blue Norwegian Fjord Horse

This summer I wove many small tapestries, as I tested warps, weft yarns, and patterns. Last week I pulled out one of my many travel bags and found a small … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Exquisite Damask of Dora Jung

Dr. Thomas Sopanen, a retired Finnish botanist, recently made a name in Minneapolis when his fabulous collection, The Living Tradition of Ryijy – Finnish Rugs and their Makers, was displayed … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

But What was on the Floor?

During the recent “Traditional Norwegian Weaving: American Reboot” exhibit, I gave a tour to a Norway House board member, Kris Walseth, and fifteen of her friends.  They were a great … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pick up some Rugs in Denmark?

I love looking at the modern design auctions of the Danish company Bruun Rasmussen.  There are a couple of lovely Swedish rugs up now, with beautiful details and lovely nuances … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Krokbragd Piece in the Vesterheim Auction

One of the series of krokbragd pieces that I wove after translating an article about a traditional pattern in Gudbrandsdal is available through the annual online benefit auction for the … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Billedvev Workshop at Vesterheim

I had the great good fortune to teach a seminar at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum last week, “Billedvev (Norwegian Tapestry Weaving).” Since it was the first time I taught this … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 1 Comment