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Billedvev (Picture Weaving)—Norwegian Tapestry Techniques

Sept. 14-17, 2017 (Thurs. 1:00-5:00, Fri. and Sat. 9:30-5:30; Sun. 9:30-1:30) with Robbi LaFleur

Level of Instruction
Advanced beginner to intermediate. Basic tapestry experience required or permission of the instructor.
  • $195.00 Members
  • $247.00 Non-members

Billedvev translates to 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 is not the class project, but is an example of billedvev. There will be a materials fee. You may use your own tapestry looms, or borrow one from the instructor or Vesterheim.

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About the Instructor

Robbie LaFleur has been following a thread of Scandinavian textiles since she studied weaving at Valdres Husflidsskole in Fagernes, Norway, in 1977. She has continued her study with Scandinavian instructors at workshops in Norway and the Unite States. Recent projects include interpreting Edvard Munch's "Scream" painting into a variety of textile techniques, weaving tapestry portraits of her relatives, and continuing her exploration of various Norwegian coverlet techniques. She was awarded the Vesterheim Gold Medal in weaving in 2006. Robbie coordinates the Weavers Guild of Minnesota Scandinavian Weavers Study Group, publishes the Norwegian Textile Letter (, and is on the board of directors of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota.