Here I write about and show some objects I have made. My intention is to show the work in progress to inspire other makers or to get comments and advice. More is in the blog where you can follow my steps to improve.
I have just started with silversmithing and I have a lot to learn. I have arranged a simple work bench in my appartement and bought some tools and other equipment
This embroidery method is not a tradition in Sweden but much so in Britain and France. Scandinavia has a cross stitch tradition which is rather different. The needlepoint embroidery goes back in history at least to the renaissance. I came across it by chance reading an article in a newspaper.
There is a strong tradition of wool embroidery in Sweden, especially in the counties of Skåne and Dalarna. A variety of stitches are used and thus it is a freer style compared with needlepoint. Craftswomen in the past used their creativity and embroidered just anything they saw around them, like animals, people, plants and houses.
Knitting has a long history. The British isles have a strong tradition as well as Scandinavia. I use patterns from both. I have a wonderful book with old patterns from Gotland and another one from Cornwall.
Rya is an ancient method of making rugs and bed covers which is mainly used in Scandinavia. It is either woven or knotted in high quality wool. There is a special rya knot, not the same as used in oriental carpets.