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Migration

October 26, 2009

 

I’m preparing to move my blog back to blogspot again. My adress will be: http://thorvalda.blogspot.com. Oh my, am I a restless soul..
I hope you will bear with me, and come along. I promise to be interesting and nice, I promise to take good pictures and I promise to publish the pattern of the yellow cardigan too. Soon. As soon as I can. And I will tell you all about the super-interesting course on silk-screen printing I’m taking this coming weekend – I have been looking forward to that course for a long time.

Botanics and time

June 24, 2009

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This seems to be my favorite motif at the moment. Hundekjeks in Norwegian. Cow-parsley in English. Anthriscus sylvestris in Latin. It’s one of the most common field-flowers I can think of. I never used to pay attention to them, but this summer I see them and I’m intrigued by their beauty. Describing the beauty of flowers is a futile endeavor, no need to try. They are speaking for themselves by their own appearance.

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I would like to use this for printing, but have not quite figured out how. I’m planning to take a course after summer, to learn screen printing. My attempts so far have not been successful, I must admit. Screen printing demands time, planning and it does take some practice. Time is not in abundance at the moment. I work two days a week, and when I’m at home I take care of my eleven months old daughter.

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Which is a very good thing, indeed. Seeing her growing and learning new things every day. This period of her life is so important, and I want to be around her as much as possible. But it is not much time left for doing my own stuff . So I need to be patient. I will have to limit myself to stencil printing, which is much less demanding than screen printing. In autumn my man will take his paternal leave, six weeks, and I will have more time.

Some colors from a stay in our friends cabin by the sea.

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dress

April 29, 2009

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from heidi merrick

from heidi merrick

Ah.. what beauty in a dress. Especially the red and grey one. The designer is heidi merrick. I’m eager to try and sew a dress of my own design. It would have to be rather simple, not too many elaborate details. I could take a simple pattern as a starting point, and maybe use some of my handprinted fabric.

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I’m thinking of this for the skirt part, and maybe some matching solid fabric, probably red, for the top. What do you think?

Spring!

April 16, 2009
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handprinted scarf

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chunks of wool hanging in the window

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another handprinted scarf

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easter egg by my son

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chunks of wool again

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another little yarnlover

Spring is finally here! I spent my easter holiday alone with my little babygirl. The boys went to the mountains for skiing, but I was not in form for going anywhere. I’ve had this cold, or infection, or whatever it is for over three weeks now. Sore sinuses, headache. It doesn’t go away. Frustrating. On antibiotics, but doesn’t seem to help. Which means I can do nothing but wait it out. But it’s springtime! And even though I stay indoors mostly, it’s so nice with longer days, more light, spring flowers in the garden and this thin green hint of leaves budding on trees and bushes.

I’m still doing my printing. I’ve sewn up a few pillows out of some of the fabric I’ve printed on, pictures on Flickr. And the scarves that I’ve made a few of. I’m thinking of taking my stuff to this market, Søndagsmarked på Blå, maybe share a stand with Gry at Fintfôr. Pretend to be an artist/ artisan, what fun! 

I have moved my stuff!

February 24, 2009

I have a new blog! Go see me at https://thorvalda.wordpress.com

Award

February 14, 2009
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Tora has given me “The Marie Antoinette A real Person, A real Award”, thank you Tora! I pass 

the award along to these bloggers, some of whom I know in person, some whose blogs I visit often but do not know in person, and some whose blogs I have just recently discovered but would like to keep an eye on: gryda, penelenepinneguri, slipped stitch, needled, siepsfabriek and paintedfishstudio. 
I am not totally sure of the rules, as I have been a bit sloppy with the awards in blogland, but I think you are supposed to pass the award on to seven bloggers you think deserve, well, an award.
(No matter what I do, I can’t get the picture of the Marie Antoinette award to show on my blog. You’ll have to go to Tora’s blog to see the picture, and I can assure the trip is worthwhile) 

Knust kunst*), or a small catastrophe

February 12, 2009

*) Knust = Broken, Kunst = Art
Well, well. Look at this. The crafty blogger at work. Trying to bake bread while uploading photos from this weekend’s craftystuffgalleryvisitingthrift. And vintage Egersund terracotta (inherited from husband’s grandmother) tray slips out of fingers, falls down to stone kitchen floor and breaks (full of dough) in too many pieces for putting back together. 
Is this a message? Blogger is unable to do something worthwhile, as baking bread for the household. Bread. The most basic of foods. If there is a direct causal link between the artycraftystuff and this lack of ability to bake bread, well.. maybe not, but there is certainly a question of attention and priority. Bread is a necessity, craftyarty stuff may not be. Distribution of attention and priority. Well, well. You could always say that bread can be bought in the supermarket, and if you insist on baking your own bread, why not get one of those big foodprocessors. I hope my husband won’t kill me now..*)
These are the photos I was uploading while this small catastrophe took place. I’m too shaken to comment on what you se at the moment, but update will follow as soon as I settle down: 

Well, time has passed and the impact of the above mentioned accident has faded. Who knows, maybe the tray can be glued back to it’s original shape. And enough of the dough was saved to make to loaves of bread. I’m putting the incident behind me now..
The above is a picture of a textile print I bought on Sunday at Kunstindustrimuseet where I saw this exhibition .
The exhibition shows different craft items produced by the PLUS group of artisans, and the print is made by Kari Fronth, one of the members of this group. The print shows the old town of Fredrikstad, where the PLUS group had their workshops. 
I also got this, a candleholder it is actually. I love the shape of it, organic, round, smooth. Made by an artist called Kjersti Johanessen
And these two… he, he, well. They are made by myself and my four year old son. We joined a workshop at the museum for kids and parents to learn how to do textile print. So when we got home we had to try some ourselves. I cut a potato in half, carved a pattern in it and sponged it full with ordinary watercolor. On paper. I also tried with an apple (you see the bigger turquoise circles on picture above), but the paint wouldn’t stick very well, the apple was to moist. 
Now I’m all eager to try real textile print stuff, so I’ve shopped for proper paint and things to do it with. I doubt I will find much time to bake bread in the near future.. 
 
*) take it easy, this was just a joke. He will be upset, but he will spare my life.

Nicest little present

February 5, 2009



This supercute little dress I got from Gryda in Fintfôr. It is so well made, as you can see, and it has such a practical fit. Apron dress. Don’t know if that’s the right word in English (yes, I’m giving that language another go as blog-language. It feels okay, as English is, well, my second language and also because it’s the craft-language I mostly use. My craft-books are all in English, as well as the patterns I read. Plus Ravelry. And in addition to that, I hope some of you international readers of my blog will visit me once in a while.) The fabric is vintage stuff, I believe.

Well, I will recommend you all to visit the Fintfôr shop. You’ll find beautiful handsewn items for kids. I’m not sure if you ship overseas yet, Gryda, but you might have to, after this commercial campaign:)

Julepresanger

January 21, 2009


Litt sent å vise fram julepresangene i slutten av januar, kanskje. Men her er likevel et lite utvalg av de mest fotogene.. Rattkjelken og playmovulkanen er utelatt fra utvalget. Selv om det nok var dem som vakte aller størst begeistring. 
Denne lille saken spiller svanesjøen hvis man trekker den opp, og fuglene (svaner?) svirrer rundt og rundt på speilet (sjøen?). Har det noe med magnetisme og gjøre mon tro? Fin er den i hvertfall.
Men forresten, det var en gave som fikk maks uttelling både på begeistrings- og estetikk barometeret: Kapla! 

Ferdig vest

January 16, 2009



Så ble vesten endelig ferdig, og ble prøvet på av en tøysete fireåring. Til min store overraskelse mente han at den var veldig myk og deilig. Og han ville bruke den “hver eneste dag”, men hittil har han ment at den er “altfor fin for barnehagen”. Vet ikke riktig om det er et snedig triks for å slippe å bruke den, eller om han virkelig mener det. Det har i hvertfall ikke blitt til at han har skiftet til vest hver eneste dag etter å ha kommet hjem fra barnehagen.

Jeg prøver meg på en ny vest, men denne gang til en voksen herremann. Da han fikk se denne vesten ville han gjerne ha maken. Helt maken får du nok ikke, skatt, sa jeg. Men, jeg skal prøve noe liknende. Så nå blir det nok en vest. Og det skal klippes også denne gang. Men jeg vurderer å sette meg grundigere inn i the steeking process denne gangen.