Janne Robberstad

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Since we are on the subject of bunads and national costumes, I have another little something to share: my new knife. Traditionally men wore knives with their outfits (bunads) and in the past 30 years or so women also have started to do the same thing. The female version is of course smaller, probably a […]

Bunad bibs

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Hordamuseet has a quite unique exhibition at the moment. It´s a documentation on bunad bibs. Or stomacher might be a better word. There are at least 400 different bunads and national costumes in Norway, probably more. According to our guide at the museum, there are 100 just in Hordaland, the county I live in. “Bringeklut” […]


Friday, April 25th, 2014

Oleana is the youngest textile factory in Norway. Located just outside Bergen, they make beautiful knitwear for women. The yarn is a mix of wool and silk. The patterns are inspired by folklore, both Norwegian and the rest of the world. The colors are vivid! They make about 900 sweaters/jackets a month, half of them […]

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. […]

Tales of the strange & unusual: sea silk

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Reading for the Textile culture-class, I came across something I´ve never heard of before: sea silk. Sea silk is an extremely fine, rare, and valuable fabric that is made from the long silky filaments orbyssus secreted by a gland in the foot of pen shells (in particular Pinna nobilis). The byssus is used by the clam to attach itself to […]

Elisabeth´s book

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Elisabeth is ny now 2 months old niece, and Sunday is her christening. Like for all my other nieces and nephews, I am making her a “Welcome-to-life!”-book. Everyone in the immediate family contributes in filling it with wishes and thoughts. The cover is a freestyle machine-embroidered appliquéd girly-girl sewn onto leather. Hopefully it will be […]

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 […]

Cancun beach dream

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

A mini-planet picture. This one is from Cancun, Mexico. It´s a nice little planet, isn´t it? Even though it´s after dark, there´s still a lot of warmth, just like it was that night. Just back from Svalbard, it´s time to start make plans for the next trip. 🙂

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