October textile and jewellery

Autumn has arrived early this year with lots of rain and the leaves are already falling off after an outburst of autumn colours. Time for walks in parks in Stockholm and time for indoor activities like craft making!

One of the last days in September I went with a friend to the county of Dalarna where she has recently bought a small cottage. The temperature was 4° C with drizzling rain mixed with snow so I just took one photo, which shows the barn with the cottage in the background. The cottage belongs to a group of old houses called “fäbodvall” in the middle of the forest. In former days farms in the north of Scandinavia moved their cattle up in the mountain forests for grazing leaves during the summer months. This was better than trying to grow enough fodder around the farm.  It was young women who kept the cattle, protected it from wild animals and took care of the milk, making butter and cheese.  The young women ( in fact in their teens) lived on their own for several months and this of cause made them more self- confident and independent than many other women at the time. Today most of the old houses are kept as summer-cottages. I will tell more about this later on when we visit the cottage again at springtime.

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As I have mentioned I have become a member of the textile group “Skapande broderi” and we meet once a week.  I am of course excited to learn more about what they have achieved before. Last year they collaborated with “Postmuseum” in Stockholm which resulted in an exhibition called “Postal art”. It will go on until the end of December. I visited it a few days ago. I was amazed! Such creativity and artistic fantasy  with endless variations around the subject “mail” . I was more than ever convinced that embroidery is an art form.

I am really inspired by this unconventional and creative use of needle and thread. I have always thought of embroidery as painting with yarn and this really confirms it. The current theme is the Middle age and I am now working on a pair of images with fantasy animals. Sometimes the back of the work is ever so interesting as this photo shows:

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This year we are at “The Swedish History Museum”, a museum that deals with early history up till the Renaissance. This is what Skapande broderi has contributed with so far:

And from my silversmith bench: Yes I have been quite busy with that too. For the first time I have been able to make a new item from scrap silver. I melted down all the leftovers of silver I had and  thanks to the new rolling mill I could mill it to a nice even sheet 1,2 mm thick. From that I made this ring with granules and a turquoise. I also want to show you how helpful the titanium strips are that I bought a while ago. You can shape them according to your needs and they are excellent. It makes soldering so much easier.

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Thanks to the rolling mill I can also make my own filigree wire, it is so good to be able to lavish with wire. This is a new filigree pendant and a pair of ear pendants with kyanite gems. A lovely blue stone with stripes looking a litte like sapphire but much cheaper.

Finally a ring with filigree and claw setting which is new to me. The stone is carneol. That’s all for now! Thank you for reading and I would really appreciate any feedback! Maybe you have some advice or experience to share, would be so interesting!

 

Back to Vinterviken, creative embroidery and a little webshop

Now in September, I had another weekend at Vinterviken gardens. Exciting to show my jewellery and nice company with the shopkeepers at the craft shop who run the craft shop as volunteers. Marie Oredsson is a fine potter and textile artist, take a look at her website.  www.marieoredsson.se

20190914_122116I sold just a few jewels but it was so nice to meet people and talk about crafts. I hope to be back next spring when Vinterviken opens again.

I have found a society for creative embroidery and have been on a first meeting. So interesting!  www.skapandebroderi.se The members are everything from hobby makers to skilled textile artists and the purpose is to promote embroidery as a recognised art form. They have developed collaboration with various museums in Stockholm, this autumn at the Swedish History Museum. We meet there every Wednesday evening and stitch. The current subject is medieval seams and stitches. The society also organizes courses and lectures. I add a link to their website and to the History Museum. www.historiska.se

This is the embroidery I have started, inspired by medieval motifs.

 

And I have finally set up a little webshop take a look! I start with just four items but will add more further on. Webshop

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Guest crafter at Vinterviken and Stockholm in its prime

A weekend in May I had the opportunity to be a guest crafter at Vintervikens organic gardens close to Stockholm. It is a nonprofit organization with a beautiful garden, a vegetarian cafe and a craft shop among other things. It is so nice; if you are in Stockholm pay it a visit! Now I got a table where I could show my jewellery, so exciting! And in spite of bad weather ( hard wind, rain and thunder at times) and a payment system failure for some hours there was plenty of people and I actually sold quite a few of my jewels. Having only sold to friends and relatives before, this was a new encouraging experience. And best of all, I discovered that people seemed enjoyed and happy with their new jewels when they left. I hadn’t realized that my work at the bench, which I do for fun, could bring that.

 

Here some pictures of the making:

 

I am now considering the possibility to start a webshop, we wait and see.

In a recent post, I praised the beauty of Lisbon, deservedly. But, if I raise my eyes I have to say that I happen to live in a city of unusual beauty, especially in this time of the year. The architecture, all the water, the stunning parks. One of my favourite spots is Långholmen ( long island) where I like to stroll. A former prison island, now a place for crafters, garden allotments, marinas, cafes, a hostel and even a beach ( yes the water is clean).

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One of the marinas, with typical small wooden boats.
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Small beach where people swim hot summer days.

 

A garden alottment with a little wooden shed where the gardening tools are kept.

 

The Bellman museum, about the 18th-century troubadour.

Now to another stunning island of Stockholm: Djurgården. There is another of my favourite museums: Thielska galleriet. Ernst Thiel was a rich banker and art collector who donated his house to the Swedish state. The house and garden is a piece of art in itself.

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I visited an exhibition about Lisbeth and Gocken Jobs, two sisters who worked in ceramics and textile with mostly floral motifs. They became very popular and made Swedish homes blossom during the post-war period.

 

 

And at last, we do have some street art in Stockholm too, but not by far as many as in Lisbon.

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