“Yukon Daughter” wall hanging © 1999 Laura Demuth “Yukon Daughter” wall hanging © 1999 Laura Demuth

Gold Medal In: Weaving, 2001

  • Residence at Time of Award Decorah, Iowa


  • 1993 White ribbon for a wall hanging
  • 1999 Blue ribbon for “Yukon Daughter” wall hanging
  • 1999 White ribbon for “Life of Walnut Close” wall hanging
  • 2000 Red ribbon for a bedspread
  • 2001 Blue ribbon for a wall hanging

Artist Statement

I was born in Pennsylvania in 1956, and moved with my family approximately every-other year between Europe and the United States during my childhood years. I came to Decorah in 1976 to attend Luther College and have remained in the area since that time. I live on a small acreage just seven miles northeast of Decorah with my husband, a small flock of Bluefaced Leicester sheep, and two dogs. I spent much of my adult years home-educating our two now-adult children, while also tending our gardens and orchard. I love having fiber in my hands, whether it is raw fleece, combed top, yarn, or a woven textile. I also enjoy teaching weaving and knitting to both beginners and more experienced textile artists.

I have always been drawn to the beauty and skill found in traditional textiles. So while I am not aware of any Norwegian ancestry in my family, I greatly appreciate Vesterheim’s wonderful textile collection as a source of learning and inspiration. I began taking classes at Vesterheim in the 1990s, and learned to improve my general weaving skills while focusing on particular techniques such as rya blankets and double weave pick-up. I especially enjoy the challenge of creating designs, mastering new techniques, and using handspun yarns in Norwegian textiles.