Robbie LaFleur

Category Archives: Tapestry

Wise and Foolish Virgins, Dutch Style

If you are a Norwegian, or an American familiar with Norwegian billedvev (tapestry), you  probably recognize the most common motif used for medieval billedvev coverlets, the biblical parable of the … Continue reading

November 10, 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

Fun with my Friend Phyllis; Examining a Barbro Nilsson Weaving

On a lovely summer day last month, a new donated weaving to the American Swedish Institute meant another opportunity for weaving immersion with Phyllis Waggoner: admiring, deconstructing, examining, figuring out … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · 1 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

A New Small Tapestry Loom and Destruction in Minnesota’s Forests

The day before I put together a small tapestry loom made of galvanized iron pieces from the local Ace Hardware store, I read an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Star Becomes a Spaceship

It’s less than a month until I teach the billedvev workshop at Vesterheim, and my stack of samples is growing. Last week I started a narrow piece, beginning with a … Continue reading

August 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Enduring Appeal of Billedvev Virgins

I picked up a catalog from a 1988 tapestry show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Essential Thread: Tapestry on Wall and Body, on the second-hand book cart at … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pancakes at Copenhagen City Hall

On June 14, I had the great honor of attending an opening reception for an exhibit at the Copenhagen City Hall, “København 850 år,” the guest of Ulrikka Mokdad, a … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Most Charming Weaving Instructions Ever

The new issue of the Norwegian Textile Letter is up! It includes two tapestry articles: a history of Norwegian tapestry by Unn Sønju, and an article by Unn about her influences … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Polar Bear, Polar Bear, Does Anyone Care?”

The title of this small tapestry (9.5″ x 15.5″) is “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, Does Anyone Care?”  Surely not our current president, a climate change denier who proposes a 31% … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · 1 Comment