gardening and some folk motifs

As usual at this time of the year I am all busy digging, sowing and re-planting (all the veg and flower plus the hedge)  not so much time for textile work.
But  some of my gardening  is actually fiber-related, like flax (six different sorts from the genebank)

and japanese indigo. Bought seeds from Wildcolors in UK, (£3.50 for 10 seeds),
nobody seems to grow  japanese indigo in Sweden…

well,  some peripheral knitting has been going on too – another random sock

nearly finished a cardigan for my man

and last Sunday when it stared to rain (finally, no need to water the garden !)  we went to Kulturen open-air museum to look (again) at some allmoge woodworking and textiles.

more pictures from Kulturen in my flickr

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5 responses to “gardening and some folk motifs

  1. Quimper Hitty May 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I really enjoyed your flikr pictures from Kulturen, I have a very small tapestry with designs that look very similar, especially the strange woven bird. My mother’s Aunt in Skane found it partly woven, and completed it in the 1940’s.

    • Alfia May 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      I am so glad you liked the pictures! Here that kind of tapestry is called “flamsk vävnad” – flemmish weaving, it developed as more folk and naive, home-made, simpler version of “real” Dutch tapestries from aristocratic interiors.

  2. Anonymous May 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I will follow your indigo project with great interest! Update us soon.

  3. cyndy June 1, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Great to see you are growing cultivars from the NordBank! Would you post about the names of the cultivars and why you selected them? Huzzah for Biodiversity!

    • Alfia June 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Cyndy, thank you for finding me! I will go to your blog now and read everything about flax and textile! I’ve chosen scandinavian cultivars, adapted for this climate (will write the exact names later) some are known for their good fiber quality and some are not so known but also fiber cultivars, just to compare and see.

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