When I was in Finland in 2013 I couldn’t resist buying large skeins of intensely-colored cotton knit yarn. Never mind that it would not all fit in my own baggage; Laurann Gilbertson on the Vesterheim Textile Tour also smashed it in the corners of her luggage. Since then, it burst from a ceramic container in my studio, waiting to be woven. This summer I obeyed a self-imposed moratorium on buying any yarn in Norway – it wasn’t allowed until the Finnish yarn was woven. Finally, success! Here is the result.
Here is the yarn hanging on a fence in Finland.
I am such a fan of working with bands of color and pattern; this is a contemporary permutation of a Nordhordaland banded coverlet. This time the rutevev images switch to pure texture in a field of color. This is an example of a banded Norwegian coverlet from the book Ruteåklær by Marit Wang.
Here Buzz checks out the texture.