Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Bedroom

Doreen Gunkel

This is a continuation of last week’s look at the hostel we stayed in.

There will be one more post on the hostel. It will be posted next week and then we will move on to the outside. This place was so fabulous that I am excited to share it ALL with you!

To pick up where I left you last week with a closed bedroom door, I will be showing the bedroom. Please forgive the travelers the mess…. we were a bit tired as we had just arrived and had not put our packing away yet.

The room has a couple of really interesting features. These are why we suspect this may have been a home for a rich family at some time in the past.

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The room was furnished with an armoire and a desk.

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Vadmal Display NMI

Doreen Gunkel

 

 

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Mini Me Welcoming You all to the National Museum of Iceland

This museum post consists of some of the textiles that are displayed in the museum. There are (three?) types of textile treatments for wearable items presented at the museum. In this post I will be covering vadmal.  Next week I will cover needle-coiling (nal Binding) and tabby weave.

For those of you who are not aware of vadmal or homespun fabric, it is a twill fabric that can have various patterns.

The examples here are based on a twill pattern. One of the more common patterns looks similar to the fabric in pair of blue jeans. If you look at the inside of most, you can plainly see this pattern.

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Reykjavik House

Doreen Gunkel

We have now arrived in Reykjavik Iceland.  Our housing arrangements for this leg were as interesting to us as the location of our visit.

In this travel blog series we will be exploring the place we stayed at a bit at a time, and I will be telling you about the location of our home away from home.

It seems that this location was possibly a manor house at sometime in the past. There were architectural features that did not seem to fit any other form of structure in our minds.

This house was located close to the government center of town. A nice traditional square was located across the street as well as a large eating area with restaurants that represented a different country. While we were there, we ate in America, France, England, and Spain.

About 100 yrds from the first square was a more modern designed square where people gathered for performances.  Kids used it for skateboarding and bicycling. The interesting thing about the kids there is that they were very respectful and non destructive. The refreshing look at another country’s youth was warming.

A few blocks up from our place, there was a most amazing museum. During building construction of a couple of modern buildings, one of the original settlement buildings (a longhouse) was discovered. The foundations of the new buildings were supported so that an archaeological excavation could be completed and a museum built before the new buildings were finished. 

If you turn left after coming out of the museum, you will see a glass plate in the sidewalk. Walking over and looking down, you will see the long house from above.  

So now to look at the first pictures of the house.

Looking into the entryway.

Looking into the entryway.

This is the entryway into the house. The door goes out directly onto the street. Across the street is a four star restaurant that specializes in Icelandic dishes.

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Spindles, Whorls,Twining Sticks

Doreen Gunkel

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 Please enjoy today’s blog and if you have questions about any of the presentation, please leave them in a reply at the end of the blog. I will be happy to look into it for you and pass the answer back along. If you would prefer to discuss the topic in a more private way, please contact me at  .

These will be the last museum pieces from Greenland for a little while. The rest are of a textile nature and I am still working on those. I will post some of them as soon as I may.

The current crop of pictures contain a goodly amount of spindle whorls and some spindles as well as twining sticks. I think it is interesting that there are so many differing shapes and sizes of tools used to produce the yarns to allow the Greenlanders to survive. It would seem, from the photos, that in Greenland every woman who spun had a different idea of what the tools should look and feel like.

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