Monday, 28 November 2011

Teaching in Norway

I have had 2 visits to Norway this year. In June I visited the Osteroy Museum for their opening and then with Marta from the Museum and Hildur from Iceland with a friend Sigrid we all went to the Viking Market in Bergen. Dressed for the period we set up the old loom and started a second 'Feld'.

A Feld is a Viking cloak which was woven in Iceland and sold in Norway. The first we started in Iceland last November. Iceland was the best place to start a feld. There is a lot of information still to be found about the Feld in Iceland in the Law books and in the Museums.
Hildur and Sigrid working on the Feld
In the photo above the first Feld is hanging on the wall. It was made with Icelandic yarn and fleece. This is Hildurs Feld. The one we have started here is made with Norwegian yarn and fleece from the old Norwegian sheep breed - Gamla Spaelsau. This one will belong to the Osteroy Museum.  The Black and brown tufts made a beautiful and dramatic combination, really different from the soft subtle greys of the Iclandic Feld.

The next one needs to be mine!!!!

At the beginning of October we were all back in Osteroy to teach weaving on the old loom. With full classes and Norwegian and international students, we worked hard but had great fun.
Gamla Spaelsau sheep.
We used this type of fleece for the Norway Feld and in the weaving class.
2 of the students working on their weaving
The Feld that was started in June was finished so we took it outside, wetted in down and stomped on it to finish off the fabric.
Wetting the Feld before stomping on it.
Stomping on the Feld

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