My friend Angela has just returned after spending 3 months in Europe, travelling and seeing relatives. She and her husband Alan also returned to Iceland, where they have made numerous visits and she brought home an interesting book called, Lifsins Blomasystur by Inga Arnar. The cover is one of a pair of wool embroideries that are identical and were used as photo frames.
Now, this book is all in Icelandic, which neither of us have any knowledge of, but there are some very interesting images in the book. From what I can gather from the web the author wrote the book as part of her Masters Degree and is an ethnologist and apparel textile teacher. I think that she is writing about a family that has lived on Svadastaoir, which I think is an island of Iceland, for the past 200 years. It is about sharing knowledge for future generations. I do know that the National Museum of Iceland has a wonderful collection of embroidery, mainly on the costumes they hold. I went looking elsewhere on the net for other examples.
There is a great collection of images at this site that show lots of detail of the embroidery. I also found this great shot at another site.
You will notice that there is a scarf or something similar attached to the belt of one of the women. There is also one in an earlier image. There is also one in the book and they all seem to hold a resemblance to the Swedish blackwork scarfs.
One thing I did find interesting was the use of old Viking designs in the metal work used for fastenings on the clothing.
And this pen drawing of the inside of a home shows everyone in the family involved in an activity. I love all the beds around the walls.
This is a very interesting book even if I can't read it!
I have managed quite a bit of work this week due to the fact that I went away with my stitching friends and spent most days stitching. The other days I spent shopping for fabric and threads and spent far too much and now have a larger stack of things I want to stitch.
So,I have restitched my block from last week of my fusion piece.
I have started another pin cushion.
And finally have managed to make some impact on my cross stitch piece of Hill Top Farm. I am going to have to set aside some time every day to get this finished by October. I have to say I find all the stopping and starting a pain.
Check out what has been stitched over the last week at Pintangle