Robbie LaFleur

Some Krokbragd Inspiration

update!  Alert Swedish blog reader Laila pointed out that she is not familiar with krokbragd, but figured out quickly via Google that it is the same as burden rosengång.  Of course I should have used that term when writing about a piece that came from Sweden.  I’m just so Norway-centric that I automatically used the term I know so well, krokbragd.  Thanks for catching that, Laila. 

My life is rich because I know important people who get me into wonderful places, like Phyllis Waggoner, who volunteers her expertise with the textile collection at the American Swedish Institute (ASI). Last week two lengths of a three-shaft rosepath, or krokbragd, coverlet were donated to the ASI. Phyllis and I stopped by for a first peek at it. The first thing we did was unroll them and lay them side by side; it’s pretty clear that they had been sewn together at one point.

IMG_0549

The krokbragd came from Sweden, and had been in possession of the owner’s family since at least the 1890s; there were no additional provenance details. It could have been woven much earlier. Phyllis believes that the warp is hemp.

The blue in these two matching sections has faded differently over the years, or maybe was never exactly the same, with different dye lots used at different points in the weaving.

fading-different

Krokbragd is a type of boundweave, and has characteristic long floats on the back.  Here is a photo of the front and back.

ASI-frinatandback

At one point, a warp thread broke.  That was easy to see.

brokenthread

When Phyllis looked at the pieces more closely, a couple of days later, she spotted a threading error.  Can you see it? There is one line where there is a “double krokbragd” rather than a “single krokbragd.”

IMG_0542

Also on her closer examination, Phyllis noticed that the very end of the shorter piece included rag weft, fabric strips.   Starting about the middle to the end, the weaver must have run out of yarn and substituted a thin beige colored cotton fabric strip as weft.

In the two photos below, of the front and back, see if you can see the light tan color of the rag strip interspersed in the yarn.

krok-rag

krok-rag-back

Weaving a krokbragd is a wonderful puzzle; once you learn the simple language, you create a myriad of possibilities by shifting patterns and colors.  The following details of bands may spark your own ideas.

 

ASIkrokbragd5ASIkrokbragd4ASIKrokbragd3ASI-krokbragdASI-krikbragd2

And finally, these charming carved men, who just happened to be on the same workroom table as the krokbragd, were either amazed, or just singing.

singing-men

4 comments on “Some Krokbragd Inspiration

  1. Laila
    March 17, 2017

    The pattern was very familar but not the name. Good thing googel can help 🙂 I’m not sure if Krokbragd is used in Swedish, it might be, but “bunden rosengång” definatly is. I’d like to, some day when I have more patience, weave the version “Gubbatäcke”.
    Lovely pictures and I think those carved men was amazed, coulden’t be anything else now could it 😉

    • Robbie LaFleur
      March 18, 2017

      Thank you, Laila. See my update at the beginning of the post. I also want to make a Gubbatäcke sometime.

  2. Laila
    March 18, 2017

    😀

  3. Mary York
    March 19, 2017

    Perhaps the carved singers are part of the Luren (a group my grandfather sang in when he lived in Decorah) http://www.nsaaonline.org/luren-singing-society/

Leave a Reply to Mary York Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on March 17, 2017 by in Scandinavian Weaving, Uncategorized and tagged , , .

Navigation

%d bloggers like this: