Robbie LaFleur

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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

Make a Coat from a Blanket at North House Folk School

Here’s another option for you if you come to the Northern Fibers Retreat at North House Folk School next February: you can make a coat from a blanket with Carol … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Scandinavian Fringe Embellishments at the North House Folk School

Winters have been fairly wimpy here in Minneapolis lately, without stretches of sparkling snow, so I am looking forward to traveling north in February to North House Folk School, where … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

From Mystery Ball to a Home for the Wild Thing

Last year my sister Terry was excited to give me a big ball of yarn, “already-woven yarn;” she was sure I would like it. It was a dense, heavy ball … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

Co-Curators Pop-Up Show: Robbie LaFleur

Note:  This was posted on the blog of the Scandinavian Weavers Study Group, as part of a series of posts about the current exhibit at Norway House, “Traditional Norwegian Textiles: … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kirsti Ilvessalo: An Inspring Artist in Rya

Some random rya for a summer day… A while back, while searching for the work of another textile artist, I ran across an interesting Danish auction site, Bruun Rasmussen. The Carpets … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · Leave a 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

More Historical Krokbragd Inspiration

The Osterøy museum sold a fabulous krokbragd book, Åklebragder fra Jondal og kring Folgefonna by Kristi Skintveit.  It’s a fabulous combination of textile history, weaving drafts, and inspiring photos.  Here … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Monster Weaving and Warp-Weighted Looms at the Osterøy Museum

The morning visit of our textile tour group to the Osterøy Museum was filled with warp-weighted loom inspiration, just as I expected. I saw the seat-belt-strap “Monster Weaving” in person, … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

In Norway, You Don’t Look for Krokbragd Weavings; They Find You

Of the many interesting stops on the Vesterheim 2017 Textile Tour, none had a particular focus on krokbragd, a popular type of Norwegian weave structure.  Yet… they keep showing up. … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment