Norwegian Tapestry Class

I will be teaching Billedvev: Norwegian Tapestry Techniques, at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum on September 6-9 and September 13-16, 2018. The earlier class was added when the later one filled. Click on the dates to check on availability; a handful of openings were available as of May 11.

I taught this class for the first time in September 2017. See: “Billedvev Worksop at Vesterheim. You can get a sense of the workshop contents through last year’s class schedule.


September 6-9 or September 13-16, 2018 (Thurs. 1:00-5:00, Fri & Sat. 9:00-5:00, Sun. 9:00-1:00) with Robbie LaFleur

Level of Instruction
Advanced beginner to intermediate. Basic tapestry experience required or permission from the instructor.
  • $205.00 Members
  • $255.00 Non-members

Billedvev translates as picture-weaving, and medieval Norwegian tapestries have a distinctive charm and graphic appeal. In this workshop, learn about the techniques used in historical Norwegian tapestry, particularly the decorative joins where colors come together. You will use the expressive joining techniques to weave a custom billedvev sampler. In addition to intensive weaving, the workshop will include slide-based lectures, in which we will follow the thread of Norwegian tapestry techniques as practiced by weavers from medieval times to the present. We will discuss the images and symbols found in old tapestries and study tapestries in the Vesterheim collection. The piece shown here is not the class project, but is an example of billedvev. You may use your own tapestry looms, or borrow one from the instructor or Vesterheim. There will be a materials fee.

Some of the nice comments about what students liked best from the 2017 workshop:

“The pace was just right, Robbie is an EXCELLENT, approachable instructor, a great balance of instruction and work time. The class exceeded my expectations and I will use techniques I learned in other types of weaving.”

“The learning environment–I learned so much.”

“It is a unique class not offered anywhere else.”

“Hard to single something out.  I enjoyed it all. Great samplers and excellent binder to take home.”

It was hard to guess the best length for the class, but we chose four days: two full days bookended by half-days to allow travel time.  Three people commented on their review forms about the class schedule. One wrote, “Love the half day Thursday/Sunday,” another wrote, “Less time–three full days or 2-1/2 days instead of two full days bookended by 1/2 days,” and a third wrote, “Maybe longer–one day more. There is so much to take in and cover…one more day would be great.” I was right; it is hard to pick what will work for all!