Art weave techniques were used in heavily patterned weavings for decorative and practical pillows, cushions, and coverlets. Dukagång, krabbasnår, and halvkrabbe are woven in a similar manner using butterflies to inlay designs, but each has a distinctive look. Dukagång is made up of columns. Krabbasnår designs move on a diagonal, while halvkrabbe is made up of squares like a checkerboard. Rölakan is a geometric tapestry technique that was often paired with the inlay designs. We will discuss the similarities and differences in the use of these techniques in Sweden and Norway. You will weave a sampler of these techniques, discuss color choices and finishing techniques, and share ideas for making a sampler into a pillow or bag. There is a $40 materials fee, payable to the instructor, that will cover warp and weft yarns and handouts.
Jan Mostrom, from Chanhassen, Minnesota, has been a weaver for over 40 years, with a special interest in Scandinavian textiles. She teaches weaving and rug hooking throughout the Midwest, and her patient and encouraging instruction creates an inspiring class atmosphere for weavers of all levels! Jan earned a Vesterheim Gold Medal in 1999 and is a longtime member of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota's Scandinavian Weavers Study Group. She learned to weave from Lila Nelson, master weaver and Vesterheim’s first textile curator, while she was a student at Luther College in Decorah. Since then she has studied with many Norwegian teachers in the United States and in Norway. Her work was included in Norwegian Folk Art: The Migration of a Tradition, a 1995 traveling exhibition curated by Marion Nelson, former Vesterheim Executive Director, and the exhibition book by the same title.