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Weaving Swedish Rölakan Samples

This class runs Friday, November 3–Sunday, November 5, 10 am–5 pm each day.

Join Melba Granlund to practice a popular Swedish weaving style, rölakan, a flatweave tapestry technique. Dating to the 8th or 9th century in Sweden, with this technique the weft yarn completely covers the warp to create a durable, double-sided surface. Commonly used for pillow covers, table runners, and coverlets, it was also often seen on a larger scale on rugs. Although time consuming, the technique is simple and therefore suitable for both beginners and more experienced weavers interested in expanding their knowledge of weaving techniques. In this class, we will take inspiration from historical pieces in ASI’s Material Collections, as well as photographs taken by the instructor in museum collections in Southern Sweden. Students will look at typical color palettes and then weave at least one 10” square sample on a small table loom, such as the eight petaled rose or a cross. More advanced students may be able to tackle more than one pattern or a larger sample. Warping, pattern techniques, and finishing will be covered in class; beginning weavers are welcome. Please note weaving requires hand strength and dexterity and the ability to sit for long periods. Suitable for ages 18+.

A $30 materials fee covers provided written materials and yarn for the project. Students should bring note taking/design materials (including graph paper if possible) and are invited to bring their own table sized tapestry loom and a beater or kitchen fork. Looms are also available to borrow from ASI.