Robbie LaFleur

Halv-flossa Sightings

As a rya fan, I love all variations of woven pile, including halv-flossa, which is a pile weave that doesn’t cover the whole woven base.  It’s popular in Norway, and … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

Learning about Linen

In the past year, an informal group of weavers and spinners has been meeting periodically to talk about linen.  It has been enormously fun and instructional. At the October meeting, … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

På Barselbesøk i Gammel Tid–and Today

I found food advice for new mothers in a Norwegian textile magazine yesterday. While watching the front desk at the Weavers Guild, I looked through a number of issues of … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Window as Ironing Board

I hate it when you have to miss a meeting and then people keep telling you how great it was.  Last spring my friend Beth McLaughlin gave a presentation on … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 5 Comments

Finally, Fitz Enters the Scene

There are so many excuses not to get weaving done, aren’t there?  Here’s my most recent, best reason.  My daughter Margaret and her husband Jeff have a new creation, Fitzgerald … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · 6 Comments

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

Krokbragd Piece in the Vesterheim Auction

One of the series of krokbragd pieces that I wove after translating an article about a traditional pattern in Gudbrandsdal is available through the annual online benefit auction for the … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · Leave a 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