Robbie LaFleur

Category Archives: Weavers Guild of Minnesota

A Busy Loom at the Weavers Guild

Our Scandinavian Weavers Study Group is in the midst of a group project at the Weavers Guild.  We put a fine linen warp for dukagång on a Glimåkra loom.  Everyone … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mary Zicafoose Workshop, Finishing Up

We learned Mary’s ikat weft dyeing technique and made manageable 12″ wide pieces. While the dye-resist wrapping took us a couple of hours, Mary and her assistants might wrap for … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ikat Dyeing Workshop, Day Two

On day two of Mary Zicafoose’s workshop, the students headed to their looms to weave in the dyed weft. It was tricky!  Would our wefts correctly match the width of … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Ikat Dyeing with Mary Zicafoose, Day One

In a weekend workshop with Mary Zicafoose, nine lucky weavers tried their hands creating small pieces with her signature weft-faced ikat form of tapestry. Here’s my step-by-step during this amazing opportunity. To … Continue reading

March 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Woven Red Stars Abound

February 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Have You Heard of a Galloon?

What could be more fun than looking at tapestries with a textile conservator? I visited Beth McLaughlin in her conservation lab at the Midwest Art Conservation Center recently, ostensibly to … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Scientific” Dishcloth Experiment

At a meeting of the linen discussion group in December, Phyllis Waggoner told about an article in a recent issue of Vav Magazine  about a group of women who weave … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

Humble Rag Rugs, Dense with Story

An exhibit of “Historical Scandinavian Textiles,” a loose title, is now up in the gallery spaces at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota.  The show is of woven pieces owned by … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rosepath or Footballs? Pick a Side.

I wrote this article about last month’s Rag Rug Interest Group meeting for the Weavers Guild of Minnesota newsletter, The Draft, and for the website. http://www.weaversguildmn.org. I feel the need … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

An Orderly Loom Set for Danskbrogd

I posted the first of two issues of the Norwegian Textile Letter featuring the danskbrogd technique, a little-known weave structure woven in small area of Vest Agder, Norway.  Danskbrogd is … Continue reading

August 3, 2016 · Leave a comment