Scandinavian Weavers Retrospective — Robbie LaFleur

IMG_1674Crumbs of Friendship 2006
Transparency technique
Linen warp; wool and novelty yarn weft.

The transparency weaving in the exhibit is due in large part to my participation in the Scandinavian Weavers Study Group.  Each year the group chooses a technique or theme, and several years the group chose to work in transparency technique.  I was not enthused by the decision.  But, as happens so often in life, I was WRONG.  It turned out to be a technique I loved quite a bit, and I’ve woven several over the years.

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Abstract Trees 2008
Vestfold technique
Cotton warp, wool weft, xx x xx.

This weaving is in Vestfold technique, a bound weave with smaller patterns entered as the weaving progresses (a so-called embroidery weave structure).  I love using this technique because it allows choices at the loom. I choose one pattern band, weave it, and then based on the colors and patterns so far, choose another to balance the already-completed portions.

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