Beginning Tapestry

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Beginning Tapestry

September 12-14, 2020 with Robbie LaFleur

Participation
Youth ages 15-17 receive a 25% discount.
Level of Instruction
Very beginner.
Tuition
$205.00 Members
$255.00 Non-members

Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of tapestry,—what the Norwegians appropriately call billedvev, or picture weaving. How do you get started? How do you make a shape? Arm yourself with a toolkit of tapestry skills to create your own images. Learn how to choose yarn for the warp and weft and to control your weft tension for a beautiful surface and edges. Admire the medieval style of old tapestries in the Vesterheim collection. You will weave a sampler on you own looms, or one rented from the instructor, and also have time and encouragement to design a future project. There is a $25-$35 materials fee, payable to the instructor.

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About the Instructor

Robbie LaFleur

Robbie LaFleur

Robbie LaFleur has been following a thread of Scandinavian textiles since she studied weaving at Valdres Husflidskole in Fagernes, Norway, in 1977. She has continued her study with Scandinavian instructors in Norway and the United States. Her projects include interpreting Edvard Munch’s Scream painting into a variety of textile techniques, weaving tapestry portraits of her relatives, and continuing exploration of various Norwegian coverlet techniques. She is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist, coordinates the Weavers Guild of Minnesota Scandinavian Weavers Study Group, and publishes the Norwegian Textile Letter. In 2019 she received a fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation to study the transparency technique of famed Norwegian tapestry weaver Frida Hansen.



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