Syvilla Bolson (detail)

Robbie laFleur Moore (detail)

Syvilla Tweed Bolson and I are showing pieces woven in the Flesberg boundweave technique, a three-shaft krokbragd on rosepath threading, typical of the Flesberg area in Numedal, Norway.  Samples and drafts of many patterns from old textiles were compiled by the Flesberg Farm Women’s Organization in the 1990s.  Many American weavers, including Syvilla and me, participated in a Flesberg Study Group in 2004.  We kept on exploring.

Syvilla aimed for a modern-looking piece, combining two patterns in a bold black-and-red color scheme.  She wove it to be displayed as a wall hanging or large runner, but now displays it draped over a tall chair back.  It is woven on black seine twine at six ends per inch.  The warp is Norwegian Rauma åklaegarn, and the resulting fabric is soft, with a drapey quality.

I wove a wall piece with bands in many patterns and colors.  The warp is the same, but sett at 10 ends per inch.  The weft is Norwegian Rauma prydvevgarn, thinner than the yarn Syvilla used.  As a result,  the pattern is finer in scale on my piece, bolder on Syvilla’s.  My 10 epi wall piece is stiffer.

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