singlad boll

Few months ago we had really fun day at work  – we sat together all day  in the library and made yarn balls – in traditional for Skåne “singlad boll” technique.

singlade bollar

singlade bollar

scraps of cloth and yarn are wrapped around a piece of champagne cork, all construction is then secured by wrapping a sturdy thread along the segments.
Then the whole ball is covered by buttonhole stitches with wool yarn.

singlade bollar

Our colleague Camilla has been researching on this tradition and had many workshops on making these balls, so we had our own in-house teacher.

singlade bollar

singlade bollar

a couple of weeks ago I  found my unfinished little ball in the yarn basket and felt  a bit sorry for it, so I had to finish it

singlad boll
singlad boll

It is the size of a tennis ball. A bit time-consuming in making, but fun, safe and eco-friendly  toy!

Here are more balls from Nordiska museet

UPD: have found this little video showing the technique (by Cammila)


11 responses to “singlad boll

  1. March 8, 2015 at 11:54 am

    These look great fun to make and would be a good way of using up scraps of leftover yarn, especially beautiful hand-dyed yarns where you can see the variations in colour. Thank you for sharing this idea and the link to the Nordiska museet for more balls x

    • Alfia March 8, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      You are welcome, i am glad you liked it. Yes all gradations of colors of hand-dyed yarns will be perfect for such project. At work we have some 20-30 different balls arranged in a wooden vessel – nice way to decorate a room.

  2. mosaicthinking March 9, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Gosh, what fun. I’d love to learn that technique in a workshop.

  3. lena March 10, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I love these balls. And what a great day at work. :-)

  4. Charlotte Engstad March 16, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Har aldri hørt om denne teknikken, er den spesielt skånsk? Og for et arbeid! Men så ble resultatet også helt nydelig!

    • Alfia March 16, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Ja, det är skånsk teknik, den har inte spridit sig uppåt landet. (Vet inte om det finns i Danmark). Jag har sett några bollar med väldigt fina mönster, man kan göra olika bildmotiv. Det går ganska långsamt i början, men ju mer man syr ju snabbare det går och blir nästan beroendeframkallande – svårt at sluta sy !

  5. Heather May 28, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Wow, colourful and wonderful. I would love to make one, just need some time!

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