Tag Archives: krabbasnår

birthday present for a good man

While I am digging in the garden and not weaving much I will post some pictures from a month ago –
our joint (my husband’s and mine) birthday present for my father in law – a stool with a cushion
My husband made the stool after Peter Follansbee’s 17 century model, and I tried to come up with a cushion – free variation on 18 century Skåne weaving :)

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I forgot to take a picture of the backside, here you can see a little.

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Himmelskt vackert i Ystad

“Heavenly beautiful” – called the exhibition of folk weavings  from Skåne (Skania) in Ystad. I went there three times already, two of them to demo-weave at the “weaving cafe”, and it is still overwhelming , to think that this just a tip of an iceberg of all the textiles that where produced in ordinary homes in this area of Sweden  in 17-19 centuries.

The museum building is an old Franciscan monastery from XII century.

The weaving cafe – the most luxurious weaving shed I have been to. I will be there again this weekend.

Some pictures from the exhibition, sorry for the quality, all the textiles lighted with special museum light,
wich is good for the cloth, but pictures need severe color correction, which they barely survive.

Krabbasnår:

Rölakan:

Blådrätter – dukagång, blue wool on white linen base:

krabbasnår:

reindeer is a  popular motif in rölakan:

dukagång:

a photograph showing Skanian textile mounter at Baltic exhibition in 1914:

I have more pictures here.

my world is flat

Little experiments for the last school assignment  – three dimensional weaving using unusual materials as a weft (anything but yarn).

number one –  spring comes to our little world :

technically it’s not quite 3D,  but it’s not 2D either

number two – Ash bird (used nice long and curly ash wood shavings from my husband’s woodworking),
again quite flat, except the tail.  100% biodegradable, very eco-friendly bird.

Well, at least I kept my family entertained :)

The rest of the time I spent doing traditional flatweave – finished the rölakan sample

and started new folk weaving with the same happy colors:

krabbasnår and munk’s belt (munkabälte) this time:

Skånsk konstvävnad

Finally, some pictures from the course I attended in the end of June – on folk weaving of Skåne, southern county of Sweden (which I happened to live in). With Gunvor Johansson as a teacher, the main authority on the subject, she has been reconstructing old weaving patterns and making them available, as with rölakan (local variant of kelim) patterns here.

the warp is 12/3 or 16/3 linen, weft is wool.

a little sample with four different techniques from halvkrabba, dukagång, krabbasnår and rölakan (as the stripes follow from top to bottom):

and a little sample of trensaflossa

the first four are woven with wrong side up:

and one have to use a mirror to check if the pattern is coming out right:

Gunvor had piles of old and new (woven by herself) weavings

and piles of illustrated albums to get inspired by

our collective achievements

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