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Eight fabrics for a folk costume

Eight fabrics for a folk costume

How many different types of fabric are there in a folk costume? Some fabrics are visible, others are hidden on the reverse side of a jacket, a skirt, etc. In this blog post I write about the eight different fabrics I have woven for a particular folk costume of the...

How to weave a square shawl with fringes

How to weave a square shawl with fringes

  How do you weave a square shawl with fringes on all sides? I have been asked that several times and in this blog post I will try to answer this question. I will also show you a trick I use to get a better result.   First of all you will need to know how...

Weaving with Metallic Threads

Weaving with Metallic Threads

  Beautiful golden spools hang in my loom, slowly turning around their own axis, reflecting the light from the window.     Small spools filled with gold thread. Nor real gold of course, but real artificial sewing thread from Gütermann. Why just this...

What is the difference between a drawloom and an ordinary loom?

What is the difference between a drawloom and an ordinary loom?

  What is the difference between a drawloom and a normal loom? I get asked this qustion quite often and I will try to answer it here as simply as possible. This post is written for anybody just happening to ask this question, not for experts in the field, so...

What to do with thrums?

What to do with thrums?

  What to do with thrums? This has bothered me ever since I started weaving! Lots of quite short warp threads, often in many different colors. For some years I have given all my loom waste to a kindergarten. They are happy to get hold of free crafts material and...

Chunky wool yarn

Chunky wool yarn

I love weaving with this chunky wool from Selbu minimill. Weaving is incredibly fast and the yarn is soft and lovely to work with. I am using these old shuttles crafted  many, many years ago, for weaving rag rugs on this old loom. They are perfect, sliding fast and...

Face or reverse?

Face or reverse?

  The colored side of the fabric is the face, and it is this I see when I weave. This fabric is a damask and it is woven traditionally in three different colors on a drawloom. It is a folk costume fabric from the county of Østfold, and it is used for waistcoats....

What is damask?

What is damask?

  I do not remember where I was or how old I was, but I was a very little girl. I was sitting on two pillows at a large table. Grown-ups were talking, laughing and making cheers, the table cloth was white as snow and it had this beautiful white on white shiny...

New fabrics inspired by old dresses

New fabrics inspired by old dresses

Three bodices lying in the snow near the city of Lillehammer, waiting - well, what are they waiting for? They are waiting for a dress! I have woven three new folk costume dress fabrics in cooperation with folk costume tailor Mona Løkting  of  Staslig - Håndverk &...