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Hemslöjdens samlingar

Long time no see (again). I want to post here more regularly in this new year. Let’s start with some catching up then.

For the last few month I have been working for the handicraft association of Skåne – Skånes hemslöjdsförbund, on a digitalisation of  the collection of the handicraft association. The collection (catalog information and the pictures) is displayed on a web-resource called Digitalt Museum, used by many swedish museums for making their collections available for the general public in a digital format. The largest collection is from Nordiska Museum (Swedish Museum of cultural history).

In Hemslöjdens collection there are many antique folk art items, modern reproductions and works of local designers – home textiles, folk costumes, clothes and other items (not only textiles, but f.ex. baskets and candle holders). I have been working with the picture part –  fixing up existing pictures, taking new photos and putting them into the database. Being in those archives and seeing all those beautiful things is quite overwhelming experience. I think I had a bit of visual overload, probably that’s why the blogging become neglected, but I am all fresh and rested now after the long christmas holidays, haha)

LKLH-21_B MSSHDG-557_ALKLH-280_A MSSHDG-13_B MSSHDG-623_B litenVäska ApelMSSHDG-47_B MSSHDG-157_C  MSSHDG-621_G liten MSSHDG-895-2_CMSSHDG-1141

Here are all the folders of Hemslöjdens collection (not just from Skåne but from other regions of Sweden too) and new  folders are being added and completed on a regular basis.

Here are my favourite folders from our (Skånes Hemslöjd) collection (some pictures are new, some old)

Skånsk rölakan (double interlocked tapestry)

Spedetröjor (knitted womens jumpers, part of local folk costume)

60-tals broderi (Swedish emroidery from 1960s)

Tröjor från Sydöstra Skåne (very peculiar little jackets from southeast of Skåne)

(in DigitaltMuseum, once you have clicked on a picture to enlarge it you may want to use > and < pointers to flickr through the detail pictures ).

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 :)


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

Folkweave, handspun yarn and a rooster

Finally I am doing something that was on my “one day I will start this”-list – weaving a sample of rölakan – swedish folk flatweave (kilim-like weaving). This one is Skanian rölakan (skånsk rölakan) (wefts of different colors  are interlocked with each other and form a ridge on reverse side) and it is woven upside down, to make it all more exciting :)

And I just love it. It is very different from “normal” weaving with a shuttle, here you just sit with one square, one thread at a time,  totally focused, it is pure meditation, zazen of weaving.

This is how it looks when you crawl into the loom and try looking up:

Last summer when I first tried this technique I was  very self-conscious about the colors, this time it is primary colors, as bold as it goes .

As a warming up before I start something bigger I am making small square pattern brought up by Gunvor Johansson in Swedish  weaving guild newsletter.

And (finally again) I have finished spinning my alpacas – silky white suri and brown baby huacaya.  Two totally different fibers and yarns.

When I look at them I am thinking shawls or scarves or throws (I have around 250 g of each). The brown one is a bit too reddish-orange for my taste, I would prefer it to be more sober-muted-greyish-brown….But it’s probably too dark to try to overdye. Ah, we’ll see.

last summer when I experimented with indigo – I tried to dip a little bit of that alpaca yarn in my vat –
and it came out black (with very light green hint). I might try an acid dye…

talking about indigo –  sowed some dye plants seeds yesterday

When I am working  in the greenhouse I am followed by our new rooster, he is of tiny local breed called Åsbo,  and he is very friendly and curious, almost like a pet.

I wish you warm and happy spring! (or autumn, depends where you live:)

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