Robbie LaFleur

Category Archives: weaving

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

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

State Fair 2017: Wolf Fur, a Linen Weaving Tip, and Purple

To start my annual Minnesota State Fair adventure, I walked quite a ways from my car, crossing the fairgrounds and walking through some animal barns.  A morning dose of interesting … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a 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

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