Finnweave, or meråkervev, is a double-weave technique in which two layers of fabric are interchanged to form surface patterns. Requiring only a four-harness loom, complex patterns can be achieved using a combination of loom-controlled threading and pick-up techniques. Finnweave differs from other double-weave techniques in that the resulting fabric is not reversible. However, Finnweave produces smooth diagonal lines and is preferable for designs that include diagonals or curves. There is a materials fee, payable to the instructor.
Laura Demuth has been a weaver for over 30 years and enjoys all aspects of fiber production, from raising the sheep to taking a finished piece off the loom. Because she lives on a small acreage just seven miles northeast of Decorah, Vesterheim has been a continual source of education and inspiration throughout her weaving career. Laura has focused on traditional weaving structures and techniques, and is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist. She has taught classes in traditional Scandinavian weave structures at Vesterheim and John C. Campbell Folk School.