Greetings from the farm,
What a beautiful start to this new week!
It feels like summer!
And....although I know this will never last here in Trøndelag, it is energizing and so inspiring!
The warmth of the sun and this colour of green within the forest - is simply everything!
Today I have several updates, a few changes, and an overview of the Traditional summer
First, by request, I have organized the old Selbu knapper (buttons) which were used on the oldest Fana kofte and a few other kofter within our "Choose Your Own Path..." Course.
These knapper will be listed within my farm shop ready for the weekend, and I have organized a nice discount sponsorship for our summer course. Do check back with interest.
The Marit knapper, which you can find within my farm shop now, are the modern restoration of these old Selbu knapper.
If you are wanting to create a modern look to your Fana kofte, the Marit knapper are the perfect reflection of that piece.
If you are wanting to create a more traditional, historic look, with hand woven ribbons, then the Selbu knapper will be the most reflective of that style of Fana kofte.
Whichever you choose will be beautiful!
With regard to other kofter being knit within the course...for example, Pam G - who is knitting another old, traditional kofte pattern the Nordfjord in K1 - pg 135, would also use these knapper. The Selbu buttons were one of the main button patterns at the turn of the century, when there were fewer to choose from.
Summer Course Offerings
As many of you know by now, I have restructured my summer course offerings.
Traditional Norwegian Garment Courses
I am offering the "Choose your own path...." beginner and intermediate kofte course - with an indepth focus on the Fana kofte.
Within this course, we will also explore Norwegian language knitting patterns in depth.
And, we will highlight the history and meaning behind each of the chosen pieces within the course.
Before we cast on and while we all settle into the course in anticipation of summer, we are learning to knit traditional Norwegian Russesokker, the history behind them and their connection to the Selbu mitten.
We have already gathered for two introductory sessions, to organize our materials, settle everyone into their kofter groups and to begin knitting our traditional socks.
The "Wait! I'm not finished!" courses will also be offered and contiune during the summer months.
I have extended the spring course until June 12th for those of you that are "so close" to a beautiful finish!
Participants will then reflect about continuing with this support during summer with a
Session 2 offering.
Traditional Norwegian Band Weaving Courses
This summer I will be offering a 2.0 beginner/entry level weaving course - a repeat and expanded version of Module 1 - but not as an apprentice.
This time I will be certified, which allows me the freedom to reorganise and modify based on
my expanded knowledge, facilitation experience and best practice.
There are 3 specific updates around this offering thus far which are important.
General Information and filling out the interest inverntory HERE
Specific Information around course materials with a pdf download HERE
A back strap offering from Telemark - deadline Friday, June 3rd - HERE
The information above will give you more clarity around this offering until the course begins.
Registration and the start up for the entry level band weaving course will be posted soon here on my farm BLOG.
Intermediate level Traditional Weaving
The intermediate level courses will be project based month by month during the summer.
I will share information around Autumn and Winter weaving at a later date.