Robbie LaFleur

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Tapestry Food Quiz

A few weeks ago I spent a magical day looking at many tapestries from the storeroom of the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum. I’m planning which ones I will use in … Continue reading

March 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Billedvev Class Prep

I am teaching a three-day workshop on Norwegian billedvev (tapestry, or literally, “picture weaving”) at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum on September 14-17. Details here. One piece of my year-long preparation … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Danskbrogd Instruction

A weaving friend, responding to a Facebook photo of my current piece on the loom, asked where she could learn how to weave danskbrogd.  Happily, there are resources in two … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Fondest of Farewells – Thank You, Lila!

A celebration of Lila’s life was held at the Textile Center auditorium on June 25, 2015, a wonderful and warm event made possible by MANY of her friends pitching in.  … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Water and Sky Study with Boats

Our Scandinavian Weavers Study Group theme for the year is “inspiration.”  Many of us are weaving a new pieces based on some aspect of an older Scandinavian piece – like … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Marta and the Potato Analogy

As a weaving instructor, Marta Kløve Juuhl is energetic and supportive and creative.  She taught two classes at Vesterheim this summer and she created a class climate that was conducive … Continue reading

August 24, 2013 · Leave a 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

Enthusiastic Norwegians

I picked up Marta Kløve Juuhl and her friend Sigrid Skeiseide at the Minneapolis airport on July 10, and hosted them overnight before a Vesterheim volunteer drove them to Decorah. … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Norwegian Billedvev

Let’s say you were a wealthy person in Oslo or Bergen, or in the valley of Gudbrandsdal in Norway in the 1700s, eager to display your status on the walls … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Beautiful Telemark Belts

The 2013 Vesterheim Textile Tour traveled deep into Telemark, where culture and tradition are taken very seriously.  It would not be difficult to spend $10,000 on a bunad, or national … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment