2023-10-19 – Rölakan Weaving (In Person)



Thursday, October 19-Sunday, October 22, 2023 (9:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 5:00pm CT) 



Christine Novotny



This is an in-person class held at Vesterheim Folk Art School. 


Learn to design and weave your own stunning flat weave wool rugs in the Scandinavian rölakan style! This class teaches the fundamentals of rug weaving in a rölakan geometric tapestry style as learned by the revered Swedish rug weaver Ulla Parkdal. In 2023, weaver and instructor Christine Novotny studied with Ulla Parkdal to learn her specific style. Ulla is a spirited weaver with a tremendous 60-year career as both a textile designer and hand weaver. She prizes efficiency, good physical technique, and a "no fuss" approach to the craft.

In this four-day class, students will weave a small sample carpet to practice the skills and techniques needed to scale up to a larger rug. We will graph out a design, practice blending colors in the weft to achieve dynamic hues, and learn to finish the edges of the rug in a classic fashion.

Level of Instruction: 

All levels



  • Pencil
  • Calculator (smart phone works well!)
  • Flexible tape measure
  • Sharp pair of scissors
  • Colored pencils or markers (optional but nice to have for designing!)
  • Any stick of ski shuttles you like to weave with (optional)
  • Heavy weight yarn you'd like to try in the rug (optional)


Enrollment Deadline: 

September 28, 2023


Click here to learn more about instructor Christine Novotny.


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