Janne Robberstad

Welcome to my site! I work as a costume-designer and an artist, and creating, or ARTING as I prefer, makes me happy! This is both a portfolio of things I´ve made and a blog meant to inspire.

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Lime alpacca for spring

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Sometimes when there is a lot to do, it feels extra good to finish some projects. I´ve been knitting this sweater on and off since last fall, and decided it was about time to finish it now. It´s knitted in soft, thick alpaca wool, in a bright lime green. It might be a bit too […]

Tatting, of all things!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

One of my late great-aunts made the most beautiful tatted table-cloths. I´ve always admired the delicate lacework. But I´ve never tried it, and she died long before I was big enough to learn it from her. Neither have I ever seen anyone do it. But like all textile-techniques, I´m interested in learning it, at least […]

Baby sweater

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Tomorrow we are visiting our little baby bay grand-child, and I wanted to bring him a little something I made. This sweater is knitted in the softest alpaca-yarn on thick needles. I swear it only took about 4 hours to knit! Then another hour putting it together, making the the stamp and printing on it. […]

The lighthouse girl

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

My new passport-purse. Using it as a warming-up exercise for two new “Welcome-to-life!”-books. As a background I´m using a printed textile with a motif of Lindesnes lighthouse. That is, a print of a picture I made of the lighthouse. There were some left-over scrap fabric when the pillows were cut, and instead of just throwing […]

Bah, bah, little lamb…

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

My favorite little guy and I visited the neighbors today. They have a big farm with lots of sheep. 60 lambs are already here, and another 200 are expected in the next few weeks. Anyway. My little guy was more than a little cute when we asked him if he wanted to pet the lambs, […]


Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik (Wool factory) is just north of Mandal, not far from Lindesnes. It´s a working wool factory, but with limited production. It now serves as a living museum, where knowledge and skills is being taken care of and passed down to new generations. It started in the late 1800s, and had a real revival […]


Friday, March 21st, 2014

Weaving is the topic of the day. After a brief overview of all the different techniques of ways of fastening strings of yarn together, like tying, knotting, crocheting, knitting, weaving, etc, we visited  the local weaving crafts society. This is a bridal blanket. It was carried over the bridal couples arms on the way to the church […]

Set the sails

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Today´s little creative project: sail-painting. I was asked to paint the logo of a local firm on a couple of miniature sails for this model wooden boat. The boat is a completely handmade replica of an “Oselvar” a regional version of the rowing boat. The logo is hand painted, freestyle, with fabric paint.

Carding and spinning and yarning

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

I am once again a student! I´ve signed up for a part-time course in TextileCulture. So two days a month, I´ll be joining a group of other women, learning in-depth about our textile heritage and future. The first two days I attended was all about carding and spinning. (I made up the word yarning, well-knowing […]

The Backstage Weekly

Friday, January 10th, 2014

One of the costumes in Perplex is for a viking valkyrie. Her armored top is being made in super-soft metal-layered leather. The bra-piece has a freely drawn on pattern, which is sewn down by hand. The inner layer is from an old 60s bra-inlay, so the shape of the breasts are now very “optimistic” Still […]

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