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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

 Greetings

 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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Greenland Is spectacular!

Doreen Gunkel

This is a continuation of the Greenland part of the trip.

Nuuk Greenland is the largest city in Greenland and the capital. The population is about 15,000. There are about 1 car per 4 persons. The locals think this is too many cars. They have a good bus system so many do not have reasons to have a car.

In Greenland the towns and villages are spread out and there are no roads between them. The transportation is based on dogsled, snowmobile, atv, and boat is you do not take a small airplane or helicopter.

Later in the week I will put out some of the museum pieces that I have. Unfortunately, the actual dress pictures will have to wait. I am going to publish them at a later date.

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This is part of the fjord that Nuuk sets in. It is way back off of the north see so it is protected.

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The beginning of the journey

Doreen Gunkel

Here is the story of the first 24 hours of the Journey…

Mini-me, packed for the journey to Iceland

Packed for Iceland

Mini Me had arguably the worst seat for the eight hourish plane ride on Icelandair with about a three hour airport wait prior to the departure. Her seat was only slightly more cramped than ours as we rode cattle car, middle and window seat. No way to stretch…

After the arrival, customs, and trying to figure out the Flybus that would get us on the next leg of our journey, she got the chance to stretch her legs and take stock in the surroundings. Continue reading

Post#1) Research Trip Planning

Greenland Gown Project

Update on the planning progress.

Passports are an important part of the planning!

  1. Fill out the passport applications.
  2. Get passport photos.
  3. Send the passport applications to the State Department.
  4. Planning the trip… a. Looking for plane tickets. b. Contacting the curator and conservators at the National Museum of Denmark.

 

 

As you can see, We are creeping towards the goal of planning a boots on the ground research in Scandinavia.

If there is anything that you all would like me to find out specifically, please leave a comment in the reply section for this post.

Be Well,

D

Opinions please

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings from this side of the New Year. I hope all of you had a safe entry to 2015.

I have a couple of things that I am wishing to gather some opinions on.

I have been approached by a blogger who has an interest in medieval textiles for use in manuscripts. He wishes to do some interviews of myself about the project. (yes, I will post his web address at a later time)

My question is this… Would anyone be interested in having an interview done for this blog?

Another idea I have for this web page is to do audio sessions concerning the project itself. The origins, the processes, just basically the information I speak on during my face to face presentations. These would be posted to You Tube and also here.

Would this be anything that would be beneficial?

And the last question…

Would videos of the various processes I have rediscovered be of help to you?

 

Please reply in the reply block at the bottom. I always love to hear what you, as followers, would find helpful and would like to see.

Be well,

Doreen

The Warp Weighted Loom Started

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings and good health to all of you.

I hope this Monday has been kind to all of you. Slow start around here this morning, but, After coffee…

I am starting the process of building my Warp Weighted Loom.

I however, am finding that for such a simple looking tool it can be quite complicated and that is before the weaving.

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Continued Updating

Greenland Gown Project

Happy Week to all of you.

As many of you have seen, this past week was an updating and clean up of the site. We took a few pages down due to non use and a few down for more in-depth work.

The major work is going on on the photo gallery page. As I was going through our phones and computers, I found that there is a whole story of the project being told to date by the pictures we have collected. At times these photos tell and even more complete story that words ever could.

That is the work project wise for this week. I am going to have this available this weekend or by Monday next week at the latest.

Upcoming events of interest include the Taos Wool Festival. That is happening this week culminating with the Wool Market on Saturday and Sunday. This Market is located in Taos Nm.

The following week is Churro Week at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center in Espanola Nm. This event is full of classes featuring the Navajo Churro as the topic. I will be holding a discussion on Saturday, Oct. 11 @4pm for anyone who is close enough to join in. Otherwise, this may be the perfect time for me to do a video of the discussion to add to the website. I will keep you all posted.

For any of you anywhere in the world, I would invite you to send me a posting of your fiber events and I will add them to the Upcoming Events Calendar here on the page. You never know, I might be in the area and would love to visit.

Well, that is about it for this post….

Be well and I will see you next time.

D