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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.

A cultural detail that was carried through out the northern countries we visited is, shoes are taken off and left at the door. Continue reading

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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Taos Wool Festival and Things

Greenland Gown Project

Happy Monday friends!

I hope the last week was kind to all of you.

Well, the updates and feature adding at the site goes on. The Photo Gallery is still being worked on and I am noticing that some of the past process pages need to be brought up to date as new information has come in that has been validated.

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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

Changes in the project

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings from the wool shed,

I wish to let all of your know what changes are happening here at the project.

First, I wish to say congratulations to Anna Katherine for her acceptance into the next level of education! You go girl!

That said, With her academic load, she will not longer be able to spin the yarn for the weaving of the cloth. This will be the case until she graduates.

So, this brings me to the second change. I will be going back to research and writing for awhile. I am not sure how long this will continue but, as soon as may be, production will contine..

I am currently looking for a new spinner for the project. If anyone is interested in helping, please drop me an email at doreen @greenlandgown.org.

This will not stop the project… if worse comes to worse, I may have to become an experienced spinner so I can spin myself. However, I do not wish to do this and I love having others join in the wonder that is this project.

Be Well,

D

The struggle with numbers for the WWL

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings on the April Fools day!

I will not be posting anything in honor of this fun day. Mostly because I am writing this before my brain has kicked in.

The topic this week is a carry over from last week. How to calculate the amount of yarn needed to warp a Warp Weighted Loom. Continue reading

Update 3/19/14 Wool Processing and Research

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings from the wool shed!

I hope this finds you all doing well. It is spring! or some semblance of it here. Planting of roses and pruning of fruit trees has commenced.

So, I am continuing the hand processing of fleece to be spun into yarn for the weaving of the first dress. This dress is being made out of the Churro Breed of sheep.

I am going to be making a trip up to Wisconsin in May and I hope to meet a breeder there for the Icelandic fleece. Yes Kids It seems that it is time for me to start thinking about the next phase of the project.

Speaking of the next phase of the project. As I have little to do but think while combing the fleece I currently have, my mind has started travelling to the world of the loom. I will be building the loom myself this summer. I am starting from the ground up. Cutting of the timber for the parts cannot happen until June most likely. We have a permit system in out forests and the permits will not be available until May.

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Update 3/12/2014 (search for fleeces)

Greenland Gown Project

Hello friends.

Just a short note to let you all know that life and the work is ongoing. Nothing new on the research from as I am concentrating all of my energy and available time to getting the fleece processing done for the Navajo Churro fleeces.

This does not mean that my mind has stopped working. There is something very cathartic about doing repetitive hand work. It frees your mind to travel to other places almost effortlessly.

So, my mind is now looking towards the search for Icelandic fleeces. In order for the fleeces to work for this project, they must come directly from Iceland or from a North American supplier who’s blood lines run back to the original flock transported to Canada in the late 80’s, early 90’s.

I have been able to get wonderful support from my churro fleece supplier who has given me a low price for very good fleeces. It is my hopes that I can find an Icelandic breeder that would be willing to be a part of this project and offer to sell their fleece for a good price to help support this large experimental archaeology project.

So this and the loom construction are the two main topics of my bored brain at this time.

If there is anyone out there who would like to help with the fleece issue, could you please contact me at doreen@greenlandgown.org

Be well, All of you, until we meet here again.

Doreen